The Roles

Salary - £109,968

Location – Staffordshire (flexible working policy)

With a ‘Good’ OFSTED rating and a new restorative practice model, Children’s Care at Staffordshire County Council is changing young lives for the better. As we look to the future, we’re investing in children’s social care to drive the evolution of the service despite the tough financial climate. And that makes this a great time to join us as Assistant Director.

Providing high quality social care in a county the size of Staffordshire isn’t easy. But, by adopting an early prevention approach, we’re resolving problems before they become more serious. Our aim is to create an environment where families are supported to stay together safely and live well in their communities by building on their strengths. And we’re proud to say that this model is achieving results.

As Assistant Director for Children’s Care, you’ll build on this positive progress, and ensure that our system continues to transform and learn. To bed in change, you’ll need to lead and influence Members, partners, communities, and the workforce. You will be an advocate for the children and families that engage with our service and ensure that their experience wherever possible is positive.. This role is about building strong relationships while sharing an inspired strategic vision. One that puts the child and their family front and centre, today, tomorrow, and on, into the future.

Part of the Families and Communities Wider Leadership Team, you’ll lead, challenge and shape a range of functions including Early Help, Child in Need, Safeguarding, Child Protection, Children in our Care Disability, SEND and our new service offer ‘Futures Matters’ along with Youth Offending, (both in-house and commissioned). You will manage resources carefully, making the most of budgets and a dedicated workforce. The key is to understand the challenges of social work delivery at an in-depth level, which is why you need to be a qualified social worker.

As part of the wider Staffordshire County Council leadership team you will be expected to help shape and deliver wider Corporate objectives- which will be an opportunity to enhance your skills and gain wider experience of the Local Authority

Experienced and practical, you’ll have a management qualification and the drive to make improvement happen. You’ll know how to deliver it because you’ve already been involved in large-scale transformation. Now, you’re ready to deploy your expertise in a key leadership role. Fresh ideas are welcome. We’re not afraid to be bold.

For those with potential and people skills, there’s support on tap.

Help us make young lives better. With purpose. With pride.

For a confidential discussion with a Penna Consultant or to apply please find further details on the ‘How to Apply' tab.

Assistant Director – Children’s Social Care - Job Description

£72,614 - £78,059 (plus £4,395 lease car / cash alternative)

Location – Staffordshire (flexible working policy)

Children with special educational needs in Staffordshire must have the best from us. We know that we need to strengthen, develop and deliver services to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers. Our success depends on everyone working together. That starts now – with you, as Head of SEND, leading our partnership between children and their parents and carers, the local authority, clinical commissioning groups and education providers. A capable professional, you’ll understand that excellence is non-negotiable, despite the challenges we face. Join us – and imagine how many young lives you could change.

While we’re determined to create the best possible SEND services, we know it’s a big ask. In a county as big as ours, we face diverse challenges: pockets of rural isolation and urban deprivation, plus a growing need for support at a time when budgets are tight. With your drive, resilience and expertise, you’ll overcome such issues to deliver high quality services for children and young people aged 0 to 25. They include Education Psychology, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Autism Outreach and ASSIST.

Leading service planning, delivery and improvement, you’ll be a strategic leader, building positive relationships with partners to deliver creative and flexible education via a smart delivery plan. It’s a case of managing budgets and resources, in collaboration with a wide range of education providers and partners. Thanks to our strengthening links with schools and colleges, you’ll have the partnerships you need to enhance the quality, effectiveness and responsiveness of SEND services. Brighter futures will be your goal as you draw together young people, parents/carers health partners and schools to challenge, shape and influence the delivery of SEND services – and you’ll know how to make them happen.

Within the Local Authority you will a key advocate for children, young people and their families ensuring that their voice is heard, and their needs recognized.

Degree-qualified (or equivalent), you’ll be a proven SEND professional with a management qualification. However, credentials are just the start: you must also understand what parents need from us. With this insight, you’ll apply your drive and innovation, seeking out best practice and exploring fresh ideas. Influential and collaborative, you’ll win the support of Members, partners and your team.

We’ve got big ambitions, but so have you. Create positive outcomes for young people. With pride. With purpose.

For a confidential discussion with a Penna Consultant or to apply please find further details on the ‘How to Apply' tab.

Head of SEND - Job Description

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