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Head of Service Children’s Quality Assurance

Derby City Council
Derby, Derbyshire
Grade P, £63,545 - £70,723 a year
Closing date
12 Aug 2022
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If you are a passionate and energetic leader committed to delivering the best safeguarding outcomes for children, young people and families, we are looking for you.

Derby’s Early Help and Children’s Social Care, recently judged as “Outstanding” by Ofsted in March 2022, has an exciting opportunity to recruit a Head of Service for Children’s Quality Assurance. Children and families in Derby receive a consistently good and often outstanding response from our services. We have an established culture that places children at the centre of all our practice, underpinned by an extensive quality assurance framework. We are both relentless in our commitment and dedication to improving services and ambitious for all our children and young people to have the best start in life to achieve their potential. Now is a perfect and exciting time to join us and be part of a strong and established leadership team.

As Head of Service, we are looking for:

  • In depth understanding and knowledge of children’s safeguarding Proven experience of leading and delivering statutory services A track record of working in and forging successful partnerships Excellent communication and relationship development skills Being able to demonstrate ability to initiate solutions to complex situations Experience of implementing plans and ensuring changes are embedded Demonstrable experience of influencing and negotiating at a senior level

In this critical post you will be responsible for the Early Help and Children’s Social Care Quality

Assurance Framework, host arrangements for Derby and Derbyshire Children Safeguarding Partnership, Workforce Development, Child Protection Managers and Independent Reviewing Officers. You will lead and develop plans to ensure that the safeguarding needs of children, young people and families are met.

You will be an ambassador for Derby City Council and be integral in the development of our strategic plans for the safeguarding needs of children and young people, working with partners across the City and Derbyshire footprint. You will lead by example and be a role model across our workforce, providing inspirational leadership which motivates people to embrace change, improve practice and performance which results in better safeguarding and well-being for children, young people, their families and the communities in which they live across Derby.

Why it's great to work for Derby City Council:

  • A competitive salary up to £70,723 (plus pay settlement award pending est 2.5%) An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Up to 32 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year, and three additional days off, one in May/August and one during the Christmas/New year period A generous relocation package available Supportive and forward-thinking culture Flexible working hours

Please contact Suanne Lim, Director Early Help and Children’s Social Care, on 01332 642641/07812301376 if you would like to discuss this post in more detail, or please click apply below.

As part of our safer recruitment checks the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

All employees will normally be appointed to the minimum of the grade for the job. For reasons connected with a particular need of the Council it may be appropriate, subject to approval, to appoint to a higher point in the pay grade.

Please be aware that where there are staff within the organisation who are 'at risk' of redundancy, requirements to redeploy to another suitable role will apply and take priority.

The closing date for this vacancy is 29 July 2022 at midnight. Any application forms received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Interviews are planned to take place on Friday, 12 August 2022.

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