Job Description

Area Covered: South Region – Surrey, Kent, Essex, and Isle of Wight



Barnardo’s National Counter Trafficking Service runs several different services across England and Wales. This includes the Independent Child Trafficking Guardianship Service, a statutory provision set out in Section 48 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Do you want to improve the lives of young people affected by modern slavery? Do you have immigration, social care or criminal justice experience? Are you an experienced manager who is ready to join a passionate growing team and step up to this challenge? If your answers are yes, we want to hear from you.


Our Children’s Services Managers:

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership to a regional team which could include, Team Managers, Senior Practitioners, Independent Child Trafficking Guardians, Independent Child Trafficking Guardians – Post 18, Regional Practice Coordinators and Regional Practitioners
  • Develop best practice in practitioners work with young people who have been trafficke
  • Ensure that all young people supported by the Service are referred into the National Referral Mechanism
  • Hold responsibility and oversight for all safeguarding and risks management decision-making
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are followed, including those related to staff wellbeing
  • Implement robust recording, data management and collection practices and present data in report format as require
  • Build relationships of trust with strategic and operational stakeholders within the region
  • Represent the Service at operational and strategic forums, both locally and nationally
  • Support team learning and development, both locally and nationally
  • Contribute to developing an evidence base around work with children and young people who have been trafficked


This is a Home-Based role but will involve some travel around the region to meet with staff and attend meetings. Do you drive? Do you have access to a car? If the answers are yes, we want to hear from you.


What are the benefits of joining the National Counter Trafficking Service?

  • Extensive training, development and progression pathway
  • Line management and clinical supervision
  • 26 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and additional annual leave purchase scheme
  • Travel expenses for work at 45p per mile
  • Employee Assistance Scheme
  • Flexible Working and Time Off in Lieu
  • Access to Barnardo’s Retirement Savings Plan
  • Cycle to work scheme, offers from major high-street brands and discounts on cinema tickets and holidays


About Barnardo’s:

At Barnardo’s we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our safer recruitment processes mean that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount at every stage of the process and therefore, we adopt rigorous scrutiny in our pre-employment checking. This post is subject to a range of pre-employment checks including a Criminal Records Enhanced Disclosure for the successful candidate(s).

We know that our colleagues go above and beyond in delivering our vital work, driven by their passion and commitment to Barnardo’s values.  We also know that we can only realise our ambitions and achieve better outcomes for more children, thanks to the talent, hard work and creativity of our people.

For all these reasons, we are committed to a new approach to pay and reward, to ensure it is fair, attractive and progressive, which should be in place by 1st April 2023. This is a positive change for the charity, and a key pillar of our People & Culture Strategy. It will assist us in supporting colleagues to grow and develop in their career at Barnardo’s.


Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible


Barnardo’s believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.

About Barnardo’s

At Barnardo’s we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo’s is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo’s.

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