Head of Service - Children's Safeguarding

Job Description

About the Service

Based in one of two Cluster teams, the Safeguarding Teams work directly with children and families from children who have Child in Need and Child Protection status through to final hearings.

This includes: Strategy discussion (open cases) Child Protection Conference Review; Child In Need Planning and Review and Permanency Planning.

The team works on a range of legal options to support investigation and protection and accommodation; if required give evidence in court; using contingency planning to anticipate complexity and changing circumstances.

About the role

The post holder will provide the operational management and leadership support across the service geographical areas supporting the Associate Director for Safeguarding and other Heads of Service.

The post holder will be responsible for the overall management of:

● Safeguarding Team Leaders

● Senior Practitioners

● Social Workers

The role will ensure that high levels of quality interventions, effective case management oversight, decision making and overall performance in the best interest to children, young people and their families.

They will use the existing social work practice model, Signs of Safety, agreed quality standards and operating procedures. The role will represent operational and strategic multi agency and other meetings as appropriate.