Senior Manager Children's Services

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
15/05/2019
Advert End Date:
29/05/2019 12:00
Salary:
£60,253 - £63,540
Hours per week:
37
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
187239
Employment Location:
Eddie Ferguson House, Blyth
Post Number:
187239x
Closing date:
29 May
Further Information

The Council

Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The Service

Children’s Social Work Service sits within Northumberland’s Wellbeing and Community Health Services Directorate. it consists of;
- 4 Locality Safeguarding Teams
- First contact /MASH
- 14+ Team
- Children’s Disability Team
- Fostering

The top 3 priorities for the service in line with our published Self Assessment (Dec 2018) are :

To provide the right service to the right child at the right time

Embedding family focused practice

Workforce stability , development and succession planning.

The role

At Northumberland County Council we are proud of our employees, who are passionate and committed to improving outcomes for our children and young people. We are looking for someone to help us deliver on our priorities through continual support and challenge.

We are looking to recruit an experienced children's social care manager to lead the safeguarding social work service in the South East of the county. The successful candidate will have extensive experience of managing a challenging and complex service area and leading social work teams to achieve the best outcomes for children. The areas of responsibility will span early help through to Looked After children for this locality

You will need knowledge, enthusiasm, motivation and a commitment to shaping and influencing child centred practice. As a senior leader your values will support the service area to continually learn and improve, ensuring that the focus remains on practice and working with families.

You will have well proven operational and strategic skills with experience of creating the right context for excellent social work practice to flourish. You will be confident in your decision making and ideally be familiar with the Signs of Safety model of practice.


You will have a sound understanding of the importance of quality assurance and be able to develop a framework within which learning from feedback and audit is positively encouraged.

You will hold a relevant Social Work qualification such as the Social Work Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS and preferably a management qualification that supports your practice and be registered with the HCPC.

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

We are offering:
A competitive salary up to £63,540 dependent on grade and experience) with a wide range of additional benefits
An extensive learning offer and career development opportunities
A generous remuneration package
Flexible working

For further information, please email adele.wright@northumberland.gov.uk

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend interview please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; any concerns regarding the process can be discussed with Claire Coe (Trans HR Support Officer) on 01670 623 130 or claire.coe01@northumberland.gov.uk . We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.