Head of Service - Safeguarding (Children's)

Knowsley Council

Huyton, Merseyside

  • Location

    Huyton, Merseyside

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £73,991 to £79,963 plus pay award pending

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    30 April 2020

  • Client

    Knowsley Council

Ref: GSe63543

Founded in 1974, Knowsley Council is one of the smallest metropolitan boroughs in England but has high aspirations. We are proud of our heritage and for having a strong community spirit. We are always seeking to improve the services we provide for our children and young people to keep them safe and help them achieve positive outcomes. We are now seeking a new Head of Service – Safeguarding (Children’s) which is a pivotal role in continuing our journey of improvement.

As our new Head of Service, you will provide strategic and operational leadership across children’s safeguarding and quality assurance and the designated multi-agency safeguarding partnership, as well as managing the youth offending service. 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.

In this newly created role, we are looking for a Principal Social Worker to lead exceptional frontline practice, develop improvements to social work practice and expertise, and drive children’s service improvement through quality assurance, learning and workforce development. You will take the lead across Children’s Services, empowering social workers, as well as others involved in face to face practice, to identify opportunities to improve outcomes for children and young people and those that care for them. We are looking for a professionally qualified social worker who will partner with key colleagues across health, the police, education and the third sector to improve practices and raise standards. You will also bring a strategic focus alongside the ability to think creatively and provide scrutiny and challenge to those working across the safeguarding system.  Your drive, enthusiasm and high aspirations will contribute to our journey to deliver exceptional outcomes for the children and young people of Knowsley.

In order to attract a high calibre candidate to fulfil our ambitions, we are offering a highly competitive package in return. If you are a motivated and inspirational leader and would like to find out more about how you can lead and influence social work in Knowsley, where people are at the heart of everything we do, and be part for a collaborative, supportive, experienced and forward thinking leadership team who are committed to ensuring excellence across the service, then please visit www.gatenbysanderson.com/job/gse63543 or contact Gary Evans) or Rachel Cox.

Closing DateThursday 30th April 2020
Shortlist Meetingw/c 4th May 2020
Interviews13th May 2020 - TBC
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
Luke Judd: 0113 205 6077

Rachel Cox: 0113 205 6068