Service Director - Children's Social Care and Safeguarding

Location: Barnsley
Salary: c.£100,000
Reference: A000300
Deadline: Closed

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We have tremendous ambition for our children and young people in Barnsley as a place of possibilities and are making a £multi-million investment into their future.

Whilst we are proud of our current Ofsted rating of ‘Good’, we are far from complacent and recognise the increasingly challenging context in which we operate. Barnsley’s real political and corporate commitment to children’s services has been recently demonstrated by a £multi-million recurring investment into the service to further develop our workforce, improve our model of practice, create a new social care academy, and deploy greater use of technology.

We are fortunate that over many years, very effective, system-wide partnerships have been developed and nurtured. Barnsley is a big enough place to retain great people, but small enough to enable relationships to flourish and create high levels of trust and confidence.

If you can provide visionary leadership across children’s social care and safeguarding and want to work in an environment which enables you to focus on the things that matter most to children and young people, and that made you want to become a social worker in the first place… then Barnsley could be the place of possibilities for you.

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Indicative timetable

Closing date for applications: Monday 27 February 2023
Preliminary Interviews (via Microsoft Teams): Thursday 16 or Friday 17 March 2023
Further assessment for shortlisted candidates (online): TBC
Stakeholder meetings (in Barnsley): Monday 3 April 2023
Final Interviews (in Barnsley): Monday 3 April 2023


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: Service Director - Children's Social Care and Safeguarding, Reference: A000300’.

Your supporting statement should express why you are interested in this role and what experience you can bring to the organisation. The statement should tackle the specific requirements of the role; outlining examples and outcomes showing how you meet those requirements.

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.

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