Head of Looked After Children, Permanence and Specialist Services

London Borough of Bexley


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £88,400

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    05 December 2021

  • Client

    London Borough of Bexley

Ref: GSe80780

Be there for those who need us most

Judged to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, our investment in children’s social care services has created a professional environment where social workers can concentrate on what they do best: supporting and helping families. We believe in relationship-based practice and we use ‘Signs of Safety’ to ensure a respectful collaboration with those we work with.

As the lead for our Looked After Children Service, this role presents an exciting opportunity to own and shape how we support children and young people in our care, with an emphasis on consistency of experience for all. You will lead a large team of c70 professionals across a broad range of teams, including Looked After Children, the Leaving Care Service; Placement Services; Fostering Services; Family Solutions, and more.

You will be responsible for driving and coordinating the delivery of high standards in social work practice and will be instrumental in sustaining a good working relationship with the Regional Adoption Agency, maintaining the highest standards possible.

This is a service area that attracts considerable attention and scrutiny, but there is also a highly developed understanding of the complexity and importance of our work. You can rely on wholehearted political and organisational support to deliver the best outcomes for children and young people.

Expectations are high, and we do not want these services to stand still; this is a chance to build on what we already do well, whilst seeking out further improvement and innovation. You will be a champion for our Signs of Safety practice model and have a strong work ethic and commitment to high standards of professional evidence based practice. You will bring an emphasis on effective performance management and the ambition and resilience to take our service to the next level. You will have a collaborative way of working, deputising for your colleagues and stepping in where necessary, and be a role model for staff across Children’s Services in Bexley.

For more information about the role or for a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Sian Roberts (01978 862 768) from our recruitment partners, GatenbySanderson.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Sunday 5th December

Final Panel Interviews
Friday 17th December

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com


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