Director of Safeguarding and Family Resilience

Surrey County Council

  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £100,000 - £125,000 + enhancement for exceptional candidates

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    12 November 2018

  • Client

    Surrey County Council

Ref: GSe48175

Surrey Children’s Services is on a rapid change journey, with new management, innovative approaches and considerable energy. We have made a great start, but are looking for four new Directors to join us in transforming our services. We are determined that children, young people and their families will be at the centre of all we do. We are changing our model of work to one which supports excellent children’s services, with Family Resilience - early help and prevention, at the heart of our journey. Family Safeguarding, an innovative and highly effective approach, developed in Hertfordshire will be central to our new model.

Supporting all of our front line workers across social work, SEN and other services, to have reflective, thoughtful and supportive leadership and management is critical to our journey. We believe that it will be the practice and culture of our managers and workers that will deliver great outcomes for our children and their families.

We have taken feedback from Ofsted inspections seriously, but it will be knowing ourselves well and a journey for ‘our’ children that will get us to be a top performing children’s service. These Director roles will work as a critical part of the improvement journey, we are looking for individuals who can deliver at the highest level and also be part of a strong and supportive team.

We are looking for a candidate who can lead on the development, effective provision and promotion of safeguarding and family support strategies across children’s services to secure better outcomes for children and young people and more resilient families. You would be responsible for promoting excellence in children’s social work practice, working within the service and across the wider partnership for children to define and clarify the role of the local authority in response to policy developments.  This role will require you to work closely with schools, the Health service and other agencies to drive forward and maintain an Early Help model of delivery that provides local, targeted, preventative, family support services.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Marcia Williams (020 7426 3374) or Greg Hayes (020 7426 3962) 

Closing date11th November 2018
Preliminary interviewsw/c 26th November
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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