Assistant Head of Service – Child Protection – Derbyshire County Council

Posted on: 17-02-2021 | Deadline: 07-03-2021

Job Description

Our amazing children and young people, and our highly motivated children’s workforce, make Derbyshire an energetic, exciting and friendly place in which to live and work. You will be based in one of the most beautiful areas of the country – Derbyshire has rugged moorlands and limestone dales with historic market towns and pretty villages. It is home to the Peak District National Park which is the world’s second most visited National Park, attracting tourists and those who enjoy the great outdoors.

This is an exciting opportunity to join Derbyshire’s Child Protection Service.

We are looking for an experienced and committed leader who has high aspirations for children and young people, who can motivate teams, is familiar with agile working and who can work at pace. Knowledge of key agendas in children’s services is crucial alongside evidence of your strategic work alongside key partners. You must be committed to continuous service improvement, ensuring the views of parents and children remain at the heart of decision making. You will have experience of working within a diverse community and be able to maintain high quality practice while prioritising competing demands.

The post of Assistant Head of Child Protection has specific responsibilities to:

  • Lead on the quality, effectiveness and management of the child protection service which co-ordinates the child protection conference service across the county
  • Lead and contribute to service developments
  • Promote and maintain effective relationships between partner agencies at operational and strategic level to ensure delivery of service plans and multi-agency quality improvement plans

Applicants will have an appropriate social work qualification, have considerable knowledge, skills and expertise in the field of social work and child protection, alongside substantial management and leadership experience.

For an informal discussion please contact Head of Child Protection and Independent Reviewing Officer Services, Adele Glover via her PA – helen.finney@derbyshire.gov.uk

Provisional Interview Date: 29 March 2021 (please note this is subject to change)

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.

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