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Access the full job description here and download an application form here.

Senior Policy Officer (Adults and Children’s Social Care)

Job title:                Senior Policy Officer (Adult and Children’s Social Care)

Grade:                    SCP 21-27 (£44,400 – £55,893)*

Employment Type: Fixed Term 2 Years, Full Time**

Responsible to:       Head of Policy & Communications

Job purpose:           To lead the development of adult and children’s social care policy development, research and advocacy as a member of the CCN Team to achieve the CCN’s overall objectives.

Key contacts:         Lead members, senior level officers, civil servants, external contacts and partner organisations.

* Starting salary point negotiable for an exceptional candidate and all salary points from April 1st, 2019 will increase by 2%.

** With a view to a permanent appointment following the fixed term period and would consider a fixed term secondment.

Access the full job description here and download an application form here.

Local government is going through a period of rapid change. The challenge of reduced public expenditure and the opportunities presented by the devolution agenda necessitates radical innovation and a fundamental re-think of public services.

Adult and children’s social care are facing significant financial and demand challenges. Over the coming months, the Government will set out its Adult Social Care and Prevention Green Papers. On children’s social care, there is increasing concern over rising demand for services, the variation in spend across the country and the implications of inspection regimes, and the rising costs of Special Educational Needs provision.

As the national representative body for 36 county and county unitary authorities, CCN is at the centre of the debate on the future adult and children’s social care. Some 65% of our member councils’ expenditure is on social care services, with CCN alongside the Local Government Association (LGA), leading calls for sustainable funding in the forthcoming Spending Review.

Over the past four years, CCN has developed into a major national stakeholder on local government and wider public sector policy, representing the single largest grouping of upper tier councils in England. CCN is a leading voice on place-based services and the go to organisation on the unique challenges and opportunities facing county council and county unitary authorities.

In this varied and exciting role, you will lead CCN’s policy development and national advocacy across adult and children’s social care. Working closely with the Head of Policy & Communications you will be at the heart of delivering CCN’s national advocacy to help shape the national debate, influence Government policy and support CCN member councils.

Your day-to-day role will include:

  • To lead the development of policy positions on adult and children’s social care to support member councils and achieve CCN’s objectives.
  • Undertake detailed analysis and research on adults and children’s social care to inform the development of CCN policy positions, advocacy and campaigns.
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of CCN objectives and work programme – including initiating, preparing, editing and co-ordinating high quality papers, research, reports and publications across the full range of CCN activities.
  • To contribute to the development of CCN communications, public affairs and media activity in your specified area of the CCN work programme, working closely with Media and Public Affairs Officers.
  • Provide high quality policy advice, support, oral and written briefings to CCN Chairman, CCN Director, CCN Spokesman and CCN Head of Policy & Communications in your specified area of the CCN work programme.