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Strategic Lead (Head of Service) – Child in Need, Child Protection and Safeguarding

Thurrock Council
Up to £84,123 including market supplement payment
Closing date
5 Jun 2022
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Strategic Lead (Head of Service) – Child in Need, Child Protection and Safeguarding

Salary up to £84,123 including market supplement payment

Are you a determined leader looking for a new challenge at Head of Service level? Are you an innovative thinker with a passion to change and support the lives of children and their families?

Thurrock Council is looking for a credible and dynamic leader to join our Childrens Social Care Leadership Team as Strategic Lead for CIN/CP and Safeguarding.  The successful applicant will have a track record of driving improvement and delivering excellent outcomes for Children and Young People.

At Thurrock we are ambitious for our children and we are seeking a passionate practitioner who can lead our services. Rated Good by Ofsted, we are seeking a credible leader who can build on our successes.

As the Strategic Lead, you will be responsible for the range of services for our children including MASH, Assessment Teams, Out of Hours Service, Court Proceedings and Child in Need and Child Protection Teams and also have responsibility for leading on Homeless Families and Domestic Violence.

You will be responsible for the budgets across the service. You will be joining an experienced and committed team who are entirely focused on achieving the best outcomes for children in Thurrock.

We offer an excellent working environment for amazing social work practice to flourish. You will already be an accomplished leader in children’s social work; this role will be a next step for you to influence and drive practice for children who are looked after within a Unitary where everyone wants the best for our children.

In return we offer:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement – 25 days rising to 30 after 5 years’ service
  • Excellent Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working to enable work life balance
  • Relocation packages of up to £8,000
  • Tusker Car Lease Scheme
  • Excellent training opportunities and an established CPD programme
  • Market Supplement and Retention Payment subject to annual reviews 

To be successful in Thurrock and make a real difference to our Children and Young People, you will bring a track record of influencing positive change and in-depth knowledge of the health and social care landscape. You’ll possess the ability to analyse and present in a variety of forms, reports and presentations and pro-actively lead the service. Your resilience and passion will be matched by your ability to work collaboratively and positively with partners and stakeholders.

Given the importance of Childrens services in Thurrock, you will need to develop your credibility with elected members quickly and you will thrive on contributing to ensuring Thurrock remains ‘Good’ whilst being ambitious for ‘Outstanding’ services.

Our ambitious regeneration programme to drive growth and economic prosperity is key to our vision to make Thurrock an ambitious and collaborative community that is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future. We are committed to ensuring that our unique regeneration programme enables our borough’s Children and Young People to thrive.

For more information, please contact Georgina Greene on or 07543 306300 at our retained recruitment partners Penna

  • Interview Date: likely to be 20th June

Our vision – Thurrock: a place of opportunity, enterprise and excellence where individuals, communities and businesses flourish.

Thurrock is an exciting place to live and work. We are an emerging cultural and arts centre, home to the production centre for the Royal Opera House and the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills. We have retail and leisure that is among the best, with the magnificent intu Lakeside, and breath-taking countryside all around. We are an area of massive growth, which is creating jobs and new industry, but with great transport links that can get you into London and other parts of the UK quickly and easily.

Thurrock Council is committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Disabled people will be offered an interview where they meet all essential criteria on the person specification. Job share applications are also welcome. Most departments operate a system of flexible working hours.

We serve a diverse community where people are different yet equal. Diversity underpins everything we do.

Thurrock Council is committed to the principles of agile working and seeks to empower our employees, wherever service needs allow, to work flexibly in order to optimise productivity and enhance performance.

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