Group Manager - Safeguarding

North Yorkshire
£49,320 - £57,376 per annum
25 Mar 2021
25 Apr 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Location: Based at County Hall, Northallerton covering Richmond, Northallerton and Selby. We very much promote flexible working with the ability to work remotely from a variety of bases as well as from home, whatever makes sense and is suitable to provide the best service.

Salary: £49,320 - £57,376 per annum pro rata in addition a minimum commitment of £5k training and development, in the first year alone, which will include Signs of Safety, Family Finding Model and Systemic Practice + a relocation package of up to £8k

At the core of our work is the belief that children and young people deserve to receive the outstanding care and support they need to be safe and reach their full potential. Our practice model puts effective relationships with children and families at its heart.

As Group Manager of Family Assessment and Support (Safeguarding), you will lead the overall development and delivery of the service in the central locality, providing clear leadership to enable Team Managers to perform at their best, whilst being an integral part of an exceptional team who strive to make a difference for the children and families of North Yorkshire. 

The role of Group Manager is dynamic and diverse, requiring a confident, autonomous individual to drive forward practice and influence stakeholders, partners and colleagues. We are looking for an innovative social work professional with strategic managerial experience who is driven, astute, inspirational and a great communicator. As Group Manager you will demonstrate real leadership in a challenging and evolving sector by shaping and driving the practice across the locality whilst also utilising and developing your skills and knowledge.

We understand the importance of investing in our workforce, and as such you will be well supported to effectively deliver and improve services.  In addition, you will receive a minimum commitment of £5k towards your training and development in the first year alone, which will include Signs of Safety, the Family Finding model and Systemic Practice. 

You will be responsible for the management of significant financial resources and ensure that the service delivers within nationally defined regulations and standards. In addition you will have a sound knowledge of the Ofsted Inspection Framework and a good understanding of the diverse needs of children and their families. 

There are significant challenges facing Children’s Services nationally. However, North Yorkshire has a record of facing challenge with innovation and creativity and seeks transformational approaches which maintain and improve services to children and their families. We are currently in the process of delivering a beyond 2020 North Yorkshire change project, which is an ambitious programme to maintain the highest quality of services which reflect the changing needs of society. Strength in partnership has always been a key driver in North Yorkshire and it is more important than ever that we work in genuine partnership, are crystal clear about our priorities, and are relentlessly focussed on improving outcomes. 

As a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, including using modern technologies to support an agile ways of working. We can offer you a range of employee benefits including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, a government pension scheme and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package which includes a variety of retail discounts. 

We would welcome applicants to contact Danielle Johnson (Senior Head of Safeguarding and Partnerships) for an informal conversation by telephone 07816 273 405 or email

Visit our dedicated campaign site to find out more about our Children & Families Service!

We look forward to exploring your interest and receiving your application.

Key dates

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 18th April 2021

Shortlisting date: Wednesday 21st April

Interview date: Wednesday 28th April

Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post.

NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.