Head of Service Assessment and Family Safeguarding

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Hours:
Full time
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Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 18/04/2024 23:59
Employment Location:
Sand Martin House, Peterborough
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Closing date:
18 Apr
Further Information
Think back to your early years and you will likely remember at least one school leader that had a significant influence on you.

Words like inspirational and motivational most probably come to mind.

The enthusiasm they exuded for their subject made you want to do better — to achieve more, grow, develop and be the very best possible version of yourself and perhaps a leader in their image.

When discussing effective leadership Harvard Business School named six key characteristics; the ability to influence, transparency, innovation, integrity, decisiveness and resilience.

Peterborough City Council look for similar traits in their leaders and they also recognise the importance of embracing personality and providing a safe space for that vibrancy to shine through.

Has your interest been piqued? If you are a qualified social worker with experience of (or ready for the next step into) a Head of Service for Safeguarding role, then read on to see if you could be a fit.

Your colleagues describe you as enthusiastic, motivational and inspirational in your approach to ensuring that assessment and interventions are delivered in time and at the high quality needed to meet the complex needs of children and their families.

You play an active part in the delivery of children’s services as part of the management team, helping to implement Family Safeguarding and motivational interviewing as the model of intervention with families, through the construction of a Service Plan for those responsible for their respective areas.

This role reports to Sara, Service Director, who is also new post and recently moved to Peterborough from another local authority. We asked her why:

“First and foremost, I have really enjoyed working for John [Gregg, Executive Director] in a previous role, he is a leader that I aspire to work towards becoming in the future. I have worked with similar challenges in other local authorities and with my passion to advocate and champion children and young people made me feel my skills would compliment the service provided. Childrens wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. The journey that I have seen Peterborough embark on and the vibrant city community make me really excited to help represent that diversity within our workforce too”.

Like Sara, you are the type of leader that truly enjoys the improvement process – both at a strategic level as an integral part of the challenge of moving a service away from an inadequate rating – and fundamentally as a practitioner who seeks out the very best outcomes for vulnerable children.

This is a full-time role across a five day working week, paying between £75k- £92k per year (depending on experience) and with an attractive LGPS pension scheme amongst other benefits. Peterborough City Council works a hybrid-working model where you will have the opportunity to collaborate and plan alongside colleagues for a minimum two days per week, in the purpose built riverside city centre offices.

We are aiming to complete shortlisting soon after this role closes for applications on the 18th of April and if successful at shortlisting you will be given an opportunity to share your enthusiasm with us at interview, on or shortly after the week beginning 22nd April.

Please apply to quickly and easily share your details with us, and we promise to respond to all applicants.

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please note
This job is closed for applications.