Service Director – Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council


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  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


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  • Expiry date

    22 February 2020

  • Client

    Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Ref: GSe62349

Barnsley is a Council with ambition, flair and imagination with a real drive and focus on continuous improvement. Our vision is working together for a brighter future, a better Barnsley. Our customer focus, innovation and commercial thinking has helped us to be a high performing and sustainable Organisation.

As Service Director, you will provide strategic and operational leadership across children’s social care and safeguarding. You will be working with a highly committed workforce, partners and colleagues striving to deliver even better outcomes for children and young people in the borough and to be the best they can be. Building upon our excellent reputation as a place where good social work flourishes and an employer of choice for social workers,  we are looking for a professionally qualified social worker, who not only has a proven track record of managing children’s social care services, but also a track record of improving outcomes for children.  You will have drive, enthusiasm and high aspirations to contribute to our journey to outstanding.

We are proud of our desire to do things differently, think creatively and deliver services with a fresh approach. We have huge ambitions for the children and young people of Barnsley and are on a journey from Good to Outstanding. We are now seeking a like-minded qualified social work professional with a proven track record in children’s social care and of continuous improvement to help us realise our ambitions. You should be able to demonstrate experience of operating at a senior level, bring strong leadership, strategic focus alongside the ability to think creatively.  You will also impress with your strong track record of successful partnership working and the ability to deliver exceptional outcomes for the children and young people of Barnsley.

Whether you are an existing assistant director service director or searching the next step in your career, this role will give you the opportunity to make real impact. For further details please visit

Please note that this role is a politically restricted post. Please the guidance notes attached within the policy which is located under the additional documents section.

Closing DateFriday 21st February 2020
Preliminary InterviewsMonday 2nd March 2020
Online Assessments/ PsychometricsWednesday 4th March 2020
Final Panel InterviewsMonday 16th and Tuesday 17th March 2020 (2 day process)
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.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Gary Evans: 0113 205 6080

Rachel Cox: 0113 205 6068