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Head of Children's Social Work and Assessment

Head of Children's Social Work and Assessment

Job Title: Head of Children's Social Work and Assessment
Client: Medway Council
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Other Locations
Salary: Up to £82,374
REF: 1235746
Contact Name: Chris Barrow
Job Published: 4 months ago
Job Expiry Date: 10 Apr 2022

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Job Description

Come and make your mark and improve the lives of our children and young people

At Medway Council we have bold ambitions for the future across everything we do. We are ambitious for our children and young people to ensure they have the very best start in life and can achieve their full potential. We are on a big improvement journey in Children’s Services, and whilst progress has been made, we still face a number of challenges, particularly around the quality and consistency of practice and placement management.

Reporting to Donna Marriot, Assistant Director Children’s Social Care, you’ll provide strategic leadership, vision and direction within our Children’s Social Work and Assessment Service, ensuring practice and values deliver positive outcomes for children, young people and their families. As a strategic leader in Medway, you‘ll  work closely with the Assistant Director and the rest of the Children’s Services Management Team to truly transform services and improve outcomes. You’ll also work closely with our key partners across education, health and police to influence across the system.

A qualified social worker, you’ll be a collaborative team player with the ability to build and sustain strong staff teams. You’ll also have extensive management experience including change management, and a track record of successfully managing service budgets. You’ll be politically astute and have experience of working closely with elected Members. We are looking for someone with excellent leadership skills, with a can-do attitude, a nurturing and coaching leadership style, who can take staff with them on the journey ahead.

Over the past 2 years, more people than ever have realised the value of their surroundings and where they live and work. At Medway we are spoilt with plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and fantastic transport links to the rest of the country, including London. We also recognise that the world has changed and encourage hybrid approaches where possible. As a Council we really value and empower our staff and celebrate their success.

This a fantastic opportunity to be part of our journey and make your mark, working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change and transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in. Officers and Members have a relentless focus on improvement, and we are truly approaching this as a whole system.

If you possess the skills and experience, we seek, are excited by the unique blend of challenge and opportunity, and share our passion for improving the lives of our children and young people, we would love to hear from you.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact: Chris Barrow on 07437 839048 / or Anita Denton on 07725 554802 /

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This post will require an Enhanced DBS check.

Closing Date: Friday 8th April 2022

To apply:

Please submit an up-to-date copy of your CV, along with a supporting statement (three sides of A4 maximum) addressing the criteria set out in the role profile and using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements.

Documents should be uploaded via the Tile Hill website, please include and upload the below information in two documents only.
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  • Names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees (we will ask your permission before contacting referees);

  • Notification of any dates when you are not available (or where you may have difficulty with the timetable outlined below);

  • Current salary package

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