Director of Early Help & Children's Social Care

London Borough of Croydon


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  • Sector

    Local Government, Social Care

  • Salary/Remuneration


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  • Expiry date

    28 February 2021

  • Client

    London Borough of Croydon

Ref: GSe70329

Croydon is a thriving cultural hub in South London. Home to nearly 100,000 young people, the Council is committed to ensuring nobody, and no community, is left behind, and that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from the economic investment coming to the town. We are working together to make Croydon a place where all children and young people feel safe, healthy, and happy.

We are now seeking to appoint a new Director of Early Help & Children’s Social Care to carry on the recent work that led to our Good Ofsted inspection in February 2020. You will continue to drive our service forward and embed our systemic practice model across the service, underpinning high quality practice.

You will champion the needs of children and young people across the Borough, ensuring practice and performance is robust. Delivering the highest level of quality corporate parenting will be paramount, as will be the development of a stable, well trained and supported Children’s services workforce.

By putting our children and families at the centre of all we do, you will ensure our children and families get the “right service at the right time” to truly make a difference.

You will of course be joining Croydon at a particularly challenging time – from the Section 114 to the pandemic.  This is a job for an ambitious and resilient leader to share our determination to continue the sterling work reducing inequalities and providing a high quality service.  This is even more important now than ever before.  

You will have a track record of delivering good outcomes for a local authority, or similarly complex organisation, and be used to creating an environment for social work to flourish. As a qualified social worker, you will have current knowledge and understanding of the regulatory framework that drives statutory services for children.

We want our senior team to reflect the communities we serve. We would particularly like to encourage applicants from an ethnically diverse background as well as those who identify as disabled.

For more information about the role or for a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Rachel Cox (0113 205 6068) from our recruitment partners, GatenbySanderson.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midnight Sunday 14th February 2021

Long listing
Week commencing 15th February 2021

Preliminary interviews
Week commencing 22nd February and 1st March 2021

Short listing
Week commencing 8th March 2021

Final panel

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.