Associate Director for Safeguarding
Salary Details: £68,259 - £80,979 per annum (Leadership scale)
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
About the Role
The role of the Associate Director, Safeguarding is to lead the provision of excellent and robust safeguarding and child protection services within Achieving for Children.
As Associate Director you will lead on operational safeguarding, child protection and support for looked after children, ensuring coherence, consistency and standards across Kingston and Richmond in and between our three Cluster areas (Kingston, Twickenham and ).
This role plays a vital part in the continued development and maintenance of the hub and cluster model of service delivery, including empowering frontline staff and service users through genuine co-production and embedding the signs of safety alongside family therapists.
Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children's services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, joined in 2017 by Windsor and Maidenhead, and responsible for delivering the boroughs' children's services.
We have been up and running for four years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children's services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education's eight 'Partners in Practice', tasked with leading improvement across the sector.
Our Safeguarding teams work directly with children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan, or who have Child in Need status, and their families. This will include Strategy discussion (open cases) Child Protection Conference Review; and Child in Need Planning and Review.
This is a great opportunity for a Social Care Practitioner who has established themselves as a strong Team Manager, looking to lead a service at an exciting time of change and develop their career in a Senior Management position.
You will have significant experience in child protection and the leading and improving frontline statutory children services. Being innovative and creative with how we can improve our services further will be a key part of this role.
How to find out more
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Alison Twyman, Director of Specialist Children's Service, at Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal discussion.
If you would like more information about this role please see the Job Profile that can be found on AfCs website.
Benefits of working for Achieving for Children
As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.
The successful candidate will have access to;
- Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
- A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
- Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
- A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
- Tools and models to support, including Signs of Safety
- Reflective supervision from an experienced management team
You will find out more about our organisation at https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk
How to apply
Before applying please refer to the job description and person specification and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined the role profile.
Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.
Closing Date: 8th May 2018