Assistant Director, Children's Social Care

London Borough of Havering


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Have you got a leadership background within social care and hold a proven track record in achieving service improvements?

We are a service that prides itself on innovative working, providing our workforce with the tools, support and the space to do their best work. We look to deliver systemic care with lasting effects – achieving sustainable positive outcomes. This is done in partnership with children, young people and families, through ongoing conversations, working collaboratively to ensure outcomes work for all.

Assistant Director – Children’s Social Care – £103,605 - £ 112,326

We are recruiting an Assistant Director of Children’s Social Care, who thrives in a challenging environment and is continuously looking for improvements to help drive us forward. Someone who is dedicated and understands what ‘Good’ looks like and can support our journey to ‘Outstanding’. Fundamentally, this role is responsible for the Council’s safeguarding and social care services for children in the borough, working across the local partnership to ensure that high quality outcomes are achieved.

As we continue our exciting journey on building on our ‘good’ OFSTED inspection, we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, and highly ambitious leader to lead our services to Outstanding! Building on the significant improvements made within our children’s safeguarding and care services.

You will be responsible for the Council’s children’s social work services and hold a solid commitment to a relationship based practice model and systemic approach. You will have oversight of and accountability for, the MASH, Early Intervention and Edge of Care Service (includes the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, Assessment Service, Families Together Team and the Early Help Service), Care Resources Service, which encompasses our fostering, placements and permanence services; our newly formed Integrated Adolescent Safeguarding Service which brings together our Youth Justice Service, Youth Services, and education for Looked After Children.

The portfolio also includes the Children & Adults with Disabilities Service, which brings together education and social care to work in an integrated way to achieve the best outcomes for our children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), and our Intervention Support Service which focuses on looked after children, children on child protection plans and those on child-in-need plans.

About you

To succeed at Havering, you will need to be focussed on delivering best outcomes for children, young people and families.

We are looking for an experienced social care professional with proven leadership experience, with drive, passion and enthusiasm that can support us to deliver an outstanding service and our vision. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone excited to shape the direction for children, young people and families, ensuring they get the support, help and protection they need.

You must be a qualified social worker, registered with Social Work England, who can demonstrate how they have improved practice, can engage with partners and listen to the voice of children and young people. You will also be able to demonstrate extensive post qualification training and development of their own practice and management skills.

For more information about the role or for a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Gillian Young (01908 230265) from our recruitment partners, GatenbySanderson.

This advert will close at 23:59 on the 18th April 2021.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
18th April 23:59

Long listing
21st April

Preliminary interviews
w/c 25th April

Short listing
5th May

w/c 10th May

Final panel
28th May

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.