Head of Children in Care and Young People

70493.00 - 77715.00 GBP Annual
30 Jan 2019
18 Feb 2019
Job Type

At Wiltshire Council we are always seeking to improve the services we provide for our children and young people to keep them safe and help them achieve positive outcomes.

Our families and children transformation project is building on the considerable progress already made across our services to ensure the services which safeguard and support children and young people work together in a coherent and structured way.


Our children in care and young people team is pivotal to the future of effective social care. The service is responsible for ensuring that children and young people who are on the edge of care, looked after, care leavers, involved in the youth justice system or being exploited are provided with intervention and support to ensure they have the best opportunities to succeed in life. They manage everything from the recruitment and assessment of in-house foster carers, the support of adopters, to ensuring performance indicators and other targets are met and quality of service maintained through monitoring of data.

About the role

This post is part of the senior management team for families and children's services which has made excellent progress on its improvement journey to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people. It offers the opportunity to influence across the wider service though our transformation programme and work in a truly innovative and collaborative environment.

As Head of this service, you'll be the driving force for its continued improvement and success. You'll inspire and deliver innovative strategy, establish effective multi-disciplinary thinking and ensure our frontline services are delivering both exceptional quality and value for money. Whether you are managing systems/analysing data, determining future strategy or bringing credibility to new ways of working, you'll keep Wiltshire's children's needs at the very heart of it all! There is also the opportunity to play a key role in the success of our new and innovative "no wrong door" service which supports the young person's journey with the aim of preventing long-term placement and lead our contextual safeguarding developments.

You will take the lead in enabling the council to discharge its statutory responsibilities, delivering improved and consistent outcomes both for looked after children and young people in care, as well as those leaving care. By driving up performance indicators in all key areas your role will be pivotal in improving educational attainment and placement stability.

About you

An excellent leader with empathy and a pragmatic approach, you'll be confident embedding new strategy and achieving aspirational outcomes for children. You will also be familiar with working as part of the senior management team within operational children's services.

You'll be leading by example, so a social work qualification and extensive post-qualification experience in statutory children's services is essential, plus a proven track-record of managing fostering teams. Any experience you have in managing YOT/children in care teams will also be helpful. Ideally you will have played a key role in ensuring the success of an Ofsted inspection.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, as an employee you will be expected to share this commitment.

About the rewards

  • The opportunity to influence across the wider service and across the Wiltshire system though our transformation programme and work in a truly innovative and collaborative environment.
  • Excellent opportunities for personal development, including access to our Developing Manager Programme, coaching and mentoring programmes, together with professional continuous development opportunities.
  • The opportunity to work for a unitary Council which was recommended as the "Best Council To Work for 2017" by Glassdoor, with a strong focus on staff engagement.
  • 25 working days holiday plus bank holidays, rising to 30 after 5 year's service.
  • An attractive "moving home" package for eligible candidates relocating closer to Wiltshire where there is the opportunity to live in a beautiful county where the cost of housing is competitive, crime rates are low and with great accessibility to Bath, Bristol and the south west coast.
  • Access to the local government pension scheme, with the opportunity to make tax-efficient additional voluntary contributions.
  • Access to an excellent range of subsidised products and services with national and local retailers via our Wiltshire Rewards scheme.

Find out more and apply

Please download and read the role description and person specification carefully before you apply (see below), as well as our values and behaviours framework (Approximately half of all interview questions relate to the framework).

You can then make your application online by clicking the apply button at the bottom of this web page. If you are submitting a CV please ensure you read our CV and cover letter criteria carefully to avoid your CV being

If you are a motivated and inspirational leader and would like to find out more about how you can lead and influence a collaborative and innovative service please contact Lucy Townsend, Director Families & Children's. Telephone:

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