Senior Partnership Engagement Officer


Senior Partnership Engagement Officer

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £30,451 - £34,728 per annum
  • Closing date: Wednesday November 4th, 2020 11:59pm
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A bit about us

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a self-motivated Senior Partnership & Engagement Officer wanting to apply their skills and experience.

The role is based in the Partnership Business Unit as part of the Quality Assurance, Safeguarding and Care team in Children’s Social Care.

The Partnership Business Unit is responsible for ensuring that the Somerset child and young person has a voice about the ways all services are delivered to them and we work closely with children, young people, their families and communities, the services that support them and the stakeholders and decision-makers who can drive improvement for those services.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

  • The role will involve applying your creative communication and engagement experience to play a leading role in promoting and raising awareness of the voice of the child and young person
  • Propose, plan & execute an engagement communications strategy for the Unit that is ambitious, accessible and engaging
  • Transfer children and young people’s ideas into professional communication for stakeholders and practitioners through working closely with Participation and Engagement Workers and the children and young people forums they support
  • This will include work being undertaken by the Somerset Youth Forum, Somerset Youth Parliament, The UnStoppables, Somerset Care Councils and the Participation Workers Network.
  • Collect case studies to demonstrate the benefits being realised for children and young people
  • Produce resources for use in awareness raising and staff and elected member training
  • Contribute to the quarterly and annual reporting of ‘Our Plan’ – the Somerset Children & Young Person’s Plan and Corporate Parenting Board reports to ensure that the voice of the child and young person is heard at strategic and board level
  • Play a key role in producing the next Children and Young People’s Plan and Corporate Parenting Board Strategy
  • You will work with staff at all levels across the Authority, and in partnership with the district councils, schools, health services and the police. You will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the successful delivery of communications about participation with children and young people and their families
  • You will also deputise in the manager’s absence
  • You will line manage an apprentice and supervise young volunteers.

A few things about you

  • You will be educated to Level 4 or higher standard with a specialism in communication or design
  • You will need to use your excellent communication skills to engage with children and young people in creative ways, to find out what matters to them and to promote their voice to impact service improvement
  • Working with Participation and Engagement Workers, families and local communities is central to our approach as we work to the ethos of coproduction, as we know this achieves the best outcomes for people
  • You will have an appreciation for the role of service users and community members in driving conversations about community wellbeing and service development
  • You will apply your good research skills and curiosity to local and national trends, policy development and service improvement around the voice of the child and young person
  • You will be skilled in the area of gathering, collating and interpreting data in relation to campaign and strategy efficacy and impact on service users and community members
  • You will be able to demonstrate the ability to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Strong social care values, flexibility, a ‘can do’ approach and high standards will be essential for these roles as will be the ability to robustly advocate for children and young people’s rights.

Additional information

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Fiona Phur, Partnership Business Manager on fzphur@somerset.gov.uk or phone 07811 307699.

If uploading a CV please also include a supporting statement confirming how you meet the criteria.

Access to transport is essential due to Somerset being a rural county.

Interviews will take place on Zoom; you will be interviewed by a combined young people’s and officer’s panel.

You will be asked to create a short presentation to bring to interview; further details will be given if short-listed.

This job requires a criminal background check (DBS) via the disclosure procedure.