Application deadline 9th September 2018
Job location North Yorkshire
Hours per-week 37 hours per week
Salary £Circa £68k per annum

Head of Service – Children and Families
North Yorkshire County Council
Circa £68k per annum

Are you an aspirational and exceptional social care leader with a passionate commitment to achieving excellence for children and young people?
North Yorkshire has a growing reputation for its children and young people’s service; unprecedented Ofsted outcomes: being the first in the country to achieve Outstanding in all areas, award winning innovation programmes and sharing best practice nationally. Providing these roles with the platform to further shape and lead some exciting, innovative approaches whilst making their mark, operating at scale and on a national platform.

We are pursuing ambitious plans for transformation; to face the challenge of balancing the need to make large-scale efficiencies with our plans for modernisation, whilst working through what is an ever changing landscape, and the delivery of service excellence. Great progress on that journey has been made; we have the ability to invest the resources necessary to ensure that our priorities are met now and into the future.
With this in mind, we are now looking for a head of service with vision, leadership and the drive to meet challenges head on, as well as someone who can work successfully with key stakeholders and take key service managers with us; to realise our ambition.

You will have strategic responsibility for the delivery of operational early help, safeguarding (CIN/CP) and LAC services in the centre of our county (Hambleton/Richmondshire/Selby). You will deliver this through two group senior managers and our newly created early help consultants to schools via a senior early help consultant. In addition you will have strategic responsibility for early help practice and youth justice across our county.

You will be an inspirational, progressive, supportive and visible leader steeped in innovative professional social work practice. You will understand and have the ability to navigate the challenging and ever changing children and young people’s landscape and above all you will have a passionate commitment to young people with a moral purpose at the core.

As head of service you will be a true social care professional providing clear, assured direction and innovative leadership to the strategies, functions and operational delivery of our children and families service. A member of the children and families service leadership team, you will also ensure continual improvement in performance and quality of practice across the entire service.

We are looking for a leader with a proven track record in delivering and leading complex children’s social care services and clear ability to do so in a large authority. If you are an excellent strategic manager, with a strong background in professional social care practice, performance management and partnership working, and you are interested in taking North Yorkshire forward then we would like to hear from you.
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Key dates:
Closing date – 9th September 2018
Interview dates – 26th and 28th September 2018

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