Job Description

Take a step into East Sussex Social Work

We are currently looking to recruit an Operations Manager to join our high performing Children Services Department and manage our Countywide Youth Support Service. This vacancy has arisen following reorganisation within the Locality Management Team and a recognition that dedicated management capacity is needed to help ensure that our offer to adolescents with complex needs is well resourced.

You will be joining a strong service, with experienced managers, at an exciting time for the social work profession and multi-agency working.

We are looking for a highly motivated social work professional who understands how to improve outcomes for children and who has a proven track record in statutory Children Services. The successful candidate will be an experienced front line manager or equivalent who will have strong management and leadership skills to provide excellent services that improve outcomes for our children and young people. You will be confident in contributing to service development in line with current national and regional trends and you will be joining a management team that will be looking at how to respond positively to recent developments such as the National Social Work Review.

Your practice must be evidence based and you will be confident in working in a multi-agency manner with key partners. As part of the role, you will have a strategic lead, key areas such as missing children and you will lead on developing relationships with key partners including CAMHS. You will be confident about managing risks to children and young people in the community whilst also being able to identify when care plans for children need to be reviewed so that they can remain safe and fulfil their full potential. You will receive individualised support through a range of training and development opportunities to enable you to succeed in this role and to develop your career.

A workforce for the community, from the community

We warmly welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage those from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds, those who are disabled, male and those who identify as trans. We are working towards recruiting a workforce that reflects our community because we recognise the unique skills and experience that each individual brings.

What’s so good about East Sussex?

Take a look at our videos and find out why people choose us and why they stay:

  • Supportive…progressive…innovative



The support you need

Our support isn’t an added extra, its fully embedded:

  • Regular reflective supervision with managers experienced in safeguarding
  • Access to group supervision and practice development
  • Comprehensive well-being package including mindfulness programme.



Innovative ways of working

We’re at the cutting edge of social work:

  • Our model of practice – Connected Practice – which Ofsted described as bringing about genuine and long-lasting change for our families
  • The latest digital kit and technology and resources to support you in your work with children and families; and
  • Access to a team of psychiatrists, psychologists and specialist social workers for case consultation and support.



“East Sussex is a really dynamic place to work; it’s always up-changing and developing and I think that’s really positive.”

Join our award-winning team

We have been Judged Outstanding by Ofsted (July 2018) and been awarded Teaching Partnership status.

So now is the time to join us and start a fulfilling social work career at East Sussex.

For more information about Children’s Social work in East Sussex please visit

Additional Information

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.

Company Information

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

Package Description

Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time

Closing date: Sunday 11th September 2022
Interview date: TBC

For an informal discussion, please contact:

Chris Jackson, Head of Locality Social Work and Family Assessment

Telephone: 01323 747196

Or Sammy Cole, Recruitment Manager (Children’s Services)

Email: Children’

  • Operations Manager
    £56,321 to £61,518 (LMG3) [Note]
[Note] Please note that these salaries include a time-limited market supplement in July 2021 and are subject to a 3 yearly review. You can view the basic salary on our salaries scales page.

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