Executive Director of Children's Services

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Salary: c. £125,000
Reference: A000135
Deadline: Closed

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Barnsley - the place of possibilities

We have tremendous ambition for our children and young people in Barnsley as a place of possibilities and we are really proud of our Children’s Services.

At our last social care inspection from Ofsted we were rated as 'Good', but that has only spurred us on to improve further and continue our work to ensure all of Barnsley’s children and young people achieve their full potential.

Our new Director will join a well-managed, resilient organisation that has real political and corporate commitment to children’s services. This has enabled our leaders to create a stable and secure service whilst building a very effective, system wide, partnership environment that has responded well to the challenges of the pandemic. The high levels of trust and confidence amongst key partners help create the climate for further innovation and service development that will realise our high levels of ambition.

We are looking for someone to build on this strong platform, continuing the excellent leadership of our social care services whilst developing further our strong relationships with schools. Through appropriate challenge and strong support, we can help our schools offer the very best for Barnsley’s children whilst ensuring more of them can thrive in mainstream settings. As a corporate leader, you will work creatively with colleagues across the council, developing innovative practices and cost-effective solutions that continue to drive better outcomes.

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Indicative timetable

Closing date for applications:  Monday 7 February 2022 

Preliminary Interviews (via Microsoft Teams):  Wednesday 2 March 2022

Further assessment for short listed candidates (online):  Week commencing Monday 7 March 2022

Stakeholder Panels (via Microsoft Teams):  Monday 21 March 2022

Final interviews (in Barnsley):  Friday 25 March 2022


Sarah Longbottom
Senior Consultant, Faerfield Limited
Tel: 0121 312 3755

Martin Tucker 
Managing Director, Faerfield Limited
Tel: 0121 312 3755


To apply for this job please submit your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), a completed Candidate Application Form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Executive Director of Children's Services, Reference: A000135’.

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Your Supporting Statement should address the criteria set out in the ‘Experience’ section of the person specification using examples to demonstrate how you meet as many of the essential requirements as possible. Please note the indicative timetable above and let us know if there are any dates when you are not available. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.