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Group Manager - Safeguarding: Children’s Social Care

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Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 30/10/2016 23:59
Circa £51k plus relocation package
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Employment Location:
Northallerton – County Wide

Job details 

Closing date:
30 Oct

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This job is closed for applications.

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Group Manager - Safeguarding: Children’s Social Care

Location: Northallerton – County Wide
Salary: Circa £51k plus relocation package.

We are looking to appoint to the pivotal role of Group Manager (Safeguarding) at North Yorkshire County Council where our Children’s Services are recognised nationally for our innovative approach and ability to radically improve the life chances of vulnerable young people.

As Safeguarding Group Manager in North Yorkshire you will join a highly skilled, determined and ambitious senior management team where you will lead the safeguarding service to ensure that children are kept safe from harm and driving the need for permanence decisions for children made swiftly and safely. You will supervise the 9 safeguarding team managers ensuring that consistent social work practice is delivered across the county.

Driving high standards and leading performance across the service are critical to this role. As such, you will have a thorough understanding of social work practice, associated legislation and guidance and an ability to manage care proceedings and complex child protection decisions. An ability to be able to manage your time effectively, to represent the service strategically at associated meetings and to support the service are key. In return, you will be well supported by the Head of Safeguarding and Looked after Children and work closely with the Group Manager for Looked after Children and permanence. Signs of Safety is well embedded across the service and you will be expected to drive this across other agencies through practice leader forums.

We have an ambitious, comprehensive and effective workforce strategy in place which has secured a stable and permanent workforce. Our vacancy rate is low at 7% and there is a low turnover of staff. We have no agency workers and 50% of the workforce are experienced social workers. As a result of our excellent workforce stability, children enjoy positive and stable relationships with their social workers. As a service, we pride ourselves in promoting staff development, connections between learning and development and the recruitment and retention of staff. We offer superb training within a transparent culture which nurtures practice learning and the development of professional practice.

The post holder will be joining one of the best children’s social work services in the country with an enviable track record:

- Ofsted have rated our services as ‘good’ and recognised that we have clear plans in place to become outstanding.
- Our award winning No Wrong Door initiative is said to be ground breaking and genuinely inspiring
- As Social Work Employer of the Year 2014, the judges states that NYCC provides “an object lesson in how
  social work employers should go about improving services and employment standards”
- A DfE designated Partners in Practice

If you feel that you can rise to the challenge to lead our Children’s Services towards ‘Outstanding’ we would like to hear from you.

For an informal conversation regarding the role please contact Vicky Metheringham – Head of Safeguarding and Looked After Children on 01609 534900.

Northallerton benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access the East Coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable. North Yorkshire borders the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire & Humber regions with all they have to offer.

North Yorkshire is much more than its stunning landscape; we are one of the safest places to live, with some of the best education results nationally, we have an abundance of heritage, culture and leisure accessible from our quaint rural villages, bustling market towns and vibrant neighbouring cities. There really is something for all…..

We are also looking for inspirational leaders in the roles of Assistant director of education and skills, children and young people’s services and Head of SEND within our highly successful children and young people’s service – you can find these details at our website.

Full details regarding this job are available at our website http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/adcyps.
It is important that you review this information before you apply for this role.

Closing Date: 30th October 2016
Interview Date: 16th November

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