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Head of Service - Social Work Teams (Locality)

Sandwell Children's Trust
Sandwell/Hybrid Working
£70,385 – £80,159 per annum plus up to £6,500 relocation package* and access to excellent employee benefits
Closing date
20 Feb 2024

Job Details

At Sandwell Children’s Trust we strive for excellence to improve the lives of children. Our ‘Sandwell Deal’, brings together our new improved offering that make Sandwell Children’s Trust a great place to work; it also sets out our expectations of you as a member of staff.

What we can offer you:-

  • Generous annual leave of up to 31 days, plus 5 additional days for long service recognition.
  • Your birthday off paid in addition to annual leave entitlement and 8 Bank Holidays, plus a concessionary day at Christmas.
  • You will receive a generous local government career average pension scheme with employer contributions of 21.6%.
  • We recognise individual loyalty with service awards from 2, 5, 10 and every 5 years onwards.
  • All of our roles have well-defined and transparent career progression.

Please visit The Sandwell Deal via this hyperlink

We are proud to create an environment where our employees are nurtured, caseloads are manageable and continuous professional development is encouraged. With a culture of collaborative working and the child at the heart of everything we do, there’s never been a more exciting time to join the Trust.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Service to lead our Tipton and Rowley locality, providing strategic direction for teams within the locality which include Assessment & Intervention teams and Child Protection & Court Teams. This role also holds the strategic lead for Sandwell’s ‘Front Door’ Multi-agency Hub.

You will be a highly visible and responsive leader who role model the Trust’s ethos, values, and standards and will actively drive forward the Trusts ambitious transformation programme. We are looking for a talented systems leader who is highly aspirational and ambitious for children. You will be relentless in driving excellent practice through relational social work and courageous innovation. You will be tenacious in ensuring that Sandwell Children’s Trust are making a palpable impact on the lives of children and families we serve, supporting us to deliver excellent services to the most vulnerable children in our Borough.

You will have a strong focus on building robust multi-agency partnerships and providing good quality supportive interventions for families. You will oversee multiple operational teams that deliver relational, trauma informed practice that drive timely evidence-based interventions that foster sustainable outcomes for children. Alongside the management team in your locality you will lead the delivery of robust family help, child protection planning, overseeing the progression of pre-proceedings/care proceedings ensuring that our children achieve permanency through timely, well considered, and ambitious planning. You will have a strong understanding of the Early Help agenda and act as the strategic lead for the Trust for the MASH and exploitation, working alongside Sandwell’s local area partnership.

You will:

  • Be a qualified Social Worker, with significant experience of providing effective leadership and management direction within a children & families service with the ability to motivate and develop individuals and groups of employees.
  • You will have senior management experience and be skilled at initiating, developing, implementing and evaluating major policy initiatives and organisational change programmes, demonstrating the capacity to think strategically and develop innovative and practical responses to a range of management initiatives, translating organisational vision into solid, measurable achievement.
  • You will be a dynamic leader with a proven track record of leading a service processing the ability to engage, negotiate and influence a wide range of audiences building positive relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Have experience of managing and understanding financial issues related to local authorities, commercial minded and able to make the most cost-effective decisions for the service.

If you would like an informal discussion regarding the role with Steven Gauntley, Director of Operations please email your contact details to

When people join the team at Sandwell they say it feels like they become part of the family…they have #ComeHomeToSandwell. With the work that we have done so far and with the ambitions we have for the future, it’s a really exciting time to join Sandwell Children’s Trust.

So, if you think your future could lie with Sandwell Children’s Trust, then we’d love to hear from you.

Sandwell Children's Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An Enhanced DBS is required for this position and registration with Social Work England.

To apply please click on the apply button below

*Terms & Conditions apply for relocation allowance

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At Sandwell Children’s Trust we strive for excellence to improve the lives of children.  To achieve this, we know how important it is to retain and attract high performing, forward thinking and innovative people and provide them with all the support they need.

With a culture of collaboration, partnership working and the child at the heart of everything we do, it really is an exciting time to join Sandwell Children’s Trust.

Working for us

There are lots of great reasons to work with us in Sandwell Children’s Trust.  From a generous rewards package to a culture of learning and development.  Our 12 reasons to work for Sandwell Children’s Trust sets us apart as the place to grow your career and feel part of a great team.  Please visit the Sandwell Deal and our 12 reasons via this hyperlink:

There are many benefits for working for us too:

  • Flexible working patterns that suit you and all of our roles have well-defined career progression.
  • Access to our Learning & Development portal offering virtual training programmes, learning & development info bursts, learning events and much more.
  • The latest technology enabling more effective and streamlined working.
  • Detailed and effective appraisals to strengthen your practice.
  • Access to a range of family friendly policies.

Benefits & Rewards

  • Up to £6,500 re-location package
  • Generous annual leave entitlement, plus 5 additional days for long service recognition. 
  • The opportunity to purchase up to 10 days additional holiday through our salary sacrifice scheme.
  • Your birthday off paid in addition to annual leave entitlement and 8 bank holidays, plus a concessionary day at Christmas.
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, this is a nationwide career average scheme with employer contributions of 21.6%.
  • We recognise individual loyalty with service awards from 2, 5, 10 and every 5 years onwards.
  • Reimbursement of Social Work England registration
  • 24/7 access to free and confidential employee counselling service
  • Access to a range of discounts on products and services
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for cars, bikes and technology.
  • Refer a friend scheme
  • Wellbeing initiatives and forums
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Eye care vouchers

About Sandwell    

Sandwell sits in the heart of the West Midlands and has a diverse population of 341,729 people.  While Sandwell is the 12th most deprived local authority in England, it is a community where our families have high aspirations and where we pride ourselves on equality of opportunity and our adaptability and resilience.

We have excellent and affordable transport links, quality housing at affordable prices and an abundance of entertainment, arts, culture and history right on the doorstep.

For all recruitment enquiries please email and one of our friendly team will call you to discuss opportunities with the Trust.



Company info
0121 569 2200
Sandwell Children's Trust
The Wellman Building
Dudley Road
West Midlands
B69 3DL
United Kingdom

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