Head of Service Early Help and Safeguarding
37 Hours per week
Closing date: 27 September 2019
Interviews will be held on: TBC
Staffordshire County Council continues to undertake significant investment in its Children's Social Care Services (Families First) which have been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in consecutive inspections.
Because of a reconfiguration of our Early Help and Safeguarding Social Work Services, which have now been joined into one co-ordinated structure, a rare opportunity has arisen in Staffordshire’s Families First for a Head of Service in our Early Help and Safeguarding Service.
Staffordshire’s Families First is one of the largest Children's Services in England and as a consequence there are excellent career opportunities for highly motivated and experienced practitioners and leaders to join a ‘Good’ Children’s Service.
In Staffordshire we are committed to working with partners and families to enable vulnerable children and young people to be safe and secure, to promote physical and emotional well-being and to help them achieve their full potential within their communities.
In order to do this, staff are provided with high quality regular supervision, a second to none training offer which equips staff to have the tools to do their job both confidently and competently alongside excellent line management support.
As part of recent and significant investment, we are looking to recruit a Head of Service to lead early help and safeguarding social work teams in the Staffordshire districts of Stafford and Staffordshire Moorlands. Travel between these areas is a requirement of the position. You will be a qualified Social Worker with substantial experience of managing front line child protection and children in need services, with a detailed knowledge and expertise in child protection/safeguarding. Experience of working with early help services would be an advantage. You will also be able to display excellent leadership and change management skills in making a difference where it is most needed
You will find Staffordshire’s Families First has a wealth of experience and knowledge within the workforce, which has remained relatively stable in comparison to other Local Authorities. This means that Staffordshire’s Families First can provide a consistent and good standard of line management support for all levels. Our recent staff engagement survey reported that three quarters of staff reported that they had had personal development time with their line managers and that they felt that they were well supported to do their job.
We are looking for a highly motivated, committed and inspirational leader who wants to commit to Staffordshire’s Families First on its journey through to outstanding services for children and their families.
For further information please email either Justine.firstname.lastname@example.org or Christopher.email@example.com
This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This position is subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.
Please be aware, only application forms completed online will be accepted. We will not accept CV’s or Word application forms.