Job title: Head of Service – Children in Care & Care Experienced Young People - Salary Up to £91,737 plus 5k per year retention payment.
Department: Children’s Services
Location: Croydon Council (CR0)
Grade / Salary: CSRB, Salary Up to £91,737 + £5,000 Retention payment
Hours of work: 36 per week / Monday – Friday
Contract type: Permanent
Croydon is recruiting to a Head of Service role to provide operational and strategic leadership for Children in Care & Care Experienced Young People’s services. With responsibility for Children in Care 0-16; Young People’s 16 + Services; Access to Resources Service & Strategic Lead for Permanence across the practice system this role is dedicated to ensuring innovative provision to enable children to reach their full potential. Supporting children to live safely in secure family homes or alternative homes enabling stable loving relationships within their birth families and with others taking a co-corporate parenting approach our ambition is to ensure each child achieves their ambitions and dreams.
Croydon has a large population of care experienced young people, many former refugee’s so this role is crucial to their outcomes. We work closely with Adopt London South; we are developing our own residential children’s home and have a major transformation programme in place to improve our corporate parenting outcomes. We are looking for a leader with inspirational leadership, committed to Croydon for the long term whose focus on quality practice stands out.
Croydon is London’s largest borough, with 390,000 residents, a vibrant, urban town centre at its heart and a network of district centres each with their own unique identity, stretching from Crystal Palace to Coulsdon. Located on the Southern edge of the capital, the borough benefits from excellent transport links throughout the borough and further afield to the coast, the city and Gatwick airport, making Croydon a place of opportunity for business, earning and learning.
Croydon has one of the fastest growing populations in the UK and is home to 94,000 children, a thriving voluntary sector, close working with our schools, colleges, health, and police partners. We are a borough with big ambition, grit and determination and Children's Social Care was judged Good in our last Ofsted inspection.
Croydon’s practice model utilises systemic ideas to underpin family led relationships for children and families. An established multi-disciplinary clinical team supports all services enabling risk to be shared and a strengths based approach to improving outcomes for children.
Your experience of working in a statutory setting will allow you to operate with confidence and emotional intelligence within a demanding context; using research to support your decision making creating positive change in children and young people’s lives.
We are looking for an experienced social work manager to join the senior leader leadership team of Children’s Social Care. You will need to have significant experience working in statutory children’s services within diverse urban environments and a clear commitment to Croydon’s values.
Benefits of Working with Us
- Highly competitive salary of up to £91,737 Plus an annual retention payment of £5k
- A pension scheme with an average employer contribution of 20%
- 31 days’ annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays
A range of CPD opportunities to support your development.
Investment into your staff well-being
Good management support and access to a clinical therapist to support your work.
The successful candidate with have:
- Social Work qualification and SW England Registration
- Substantial experience of social care practice leadership within the remit of this role.
- Experience of working within multicultural communities applying systemic approaches to challenging oppression and discrimination.
- Knowledge and experience of developing social care practice through innovation and partnership with internal and external stakeholders.
For an informal conversation about the role please contact Róisín Madden, Director of Children’s Social Care email@example.com.
Recruitment and Selection Timeline
The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Wednesday 27th September 2023
Shortlisting will take place on 4th October 2023
Interviews will take place in person on Friday 13th October 2023
Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding Statement
Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Subject to business needs, we will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements and support hybrid working, whereby staff attend the workplace for part of their working week and work from home, or elsewhere, remotely for the rest of the time.
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.
Croydon council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. The Successful candidate will be subject to a DBS check