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Deputy Chief Officer, Childrens Social Care

This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining Devon County Council’s Children’s Services leadership team as we embark on a journey of improvement and innovation. In Devon, we are committed to working with children, young people and their families in a restorative way. A way that promotes health, well-being and good life chances for all, while focusing on protecting children and young people from harm. We’re raising the bar in terms of ambition and expectation and we’re excited about what can be achieved.

As an integral part of this, we’re seeking a highly experienced Children’s Social Care lead who has the vision, ideas and practice to help us to deliver the best possible outcomes for our children. Reporting to our newly appointed Chief Officer for Children’s Services, Melissa Caslake, you will be involved in shaping and delivering a new, restorative approach to social work practice that is strengths based, relationship focused and works with families to bring about positive change.

As well as embedding practice improvement, you’ll be the Council’s lead for safeguarding children and young people, the strategic lead for looked after children and the adoption and fostering decision maker. Your leadership will ensure that Devon is a strong and effective corporate parent and will make certain that the voice of the child is heard in all that we do.

The role will require you to work collaboratively with internal and external partners to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families and to continue to build on the strengths of Devon’s Children and Families Partnership.

About you

We are looking for an individual who will be a driving force in improving Children’s Social Care in our County. This must include doing the basics consistently right, improving the quality of practice and reducing the number of children in care.

We’re looking for a strategic thinker with an evident track record of translating strategic vision into operational action and tangible improvements. And, in return, you’ll get to work with a council that will give you the support and backing to innovate and to make a real difference.

You will be a qualified social worker and will be able to demonstrate how you have led improvements in social work practice in previous organisations. It is also imperative that you understand, not only the social care agenda, but also the wider children’s services agenda in education and health.

You’ll be both a team player and a leader. Being able to influence and build strong relationships is a prerequisite for this role. You’ll be incredibly passionate about the challenge that comes with this role and in supporting children, young people and families in Devon to thrive.

If you have what it takes to deliver on a demanding, change-driven, high profile role where you have the scope to shape the future for children and young people in in a truly unique County, we’d love to hear from you.

To find out more about the role, the council and how to apply please click the apply button below.

Closing date: Midnight, Friday 18th June 2021