Job Description


Children’s Services Manager

Salary: £46,000 per annum

Perks: Annual leave of 29 days, plus public holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, annual staff awards, up to 7% employer contribution pension scheme, employee discount portal with all your favourite brands, check out more on our career’s portal.

Contract/Hours: Permanent / Full-Time – 37 hours per week

Location: Elgin, Morayshire

Closing date: Midnight on 21st September 2022 

About Us

Working at Action for Children is so much more than a job. It’s an opportunity to truly make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, young people, and families. We believe that every child should have a safe and happy childhood. Last year, we helped more than 671,275 children and families across the UK. We work to ensure their voices are heard and we campaign to bring lasting change to their lives.

About the role:

We are looking for a creative, dynamic, enthusiastic Children’s Services Manager who can oversee our cluster of support services based in Eglin and Buckie.

The service cluster comprises of 2 Residential Children’s homes, a large family support service, a tier 2 mental health and wellbeing service and support for young people in relation to employability.

You will have responsibility for overseeing this diverse mix of services, supporting a child centred and outcome focused approach to service delivery. You will manage processes around staff relations, contract management, budgets and finance and ensure we keep the promise to all children and young people who access our services.

You will be passionate, committed, and resilient and yes, this role can at sometimes be emotionally and physically challenging but it’s also fun, diverse and you will feel huge sense of reward by being able to help, in the best way possible by providing a safe, creative environment for children and families to thrive. Did we also mention you need a sense of humour and a good measure of adventure thrown in… no two days are the same and if this all sounds ideal, then, we would love to hear from you.

You will make a difference by:

  • Promoting the highest standards of safeguarding practice through leading and managing processes and actions around safeguarding, fearlessly speaking out for children, families and young people.
  • Providing effective leadership and strategic development of our services across Moray, extending our impact.
  • Developing and maintaining effective networks, relationships, partnerships and contacts to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.
  • Recruiting, leading, motivating and managing a range of social care and support staff to deliver high quality health and social care services.

You will need:

  • A relevant qualification, plus a leadership / management qualification (or equivalent experience).
  • Evidence of ongoing training and development.
  • Experience of the successful management and delivery of commissioned services, including significant working with health and social care commissioners and other multi-agency partners.
  • Significant experience of managing and developing operational services for children, young people and their families.
  • Significant experience of leading, motivating and managing teams of social care and support staff to deliver high quality health and social care services.
  • Significant experience of ensuring effective safeguarding practice and processes are embedded as a core aspect of the service.

We work together to reach our vision of safe and happy childhoods. Given this and our ongoing commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, we encourage applications from everyone.

We value and celebrate the diversity of those that work with us and as an inclusive workplace we want all our current and future staff to feel able to be themselves in the workplace.