Deputy Director Children’s Social Care

Deputy Director Children’s Social CareChildren Smiling in a Huddle

£91,023 – £96,378

Our Deputy Director: Childrens Social Care has a vital role to play in realising our ambitions for Bradford. You’ll be strategically responsible and oversee all operational services for the most disadvantaged children in the district, and ensure all appropriate mechanisms are in place for the safety and protection of children at risk of serious harm. You will also be responsible for leading on a revised Early Help and Prevention Offer for families and also services for children with disabilities. You’ll be responsible for achieving improved outcomes for our most vulnerable children and families in Bradford and for ensuring our compliance with all statutory responsibilities relating to children.

We expect that you’ll be able to offer compelling evidence of success at a senior management level within a similar setting, and a highly developed understanding of the current issues, challenges and opportunities within children’s social care. You should be able to bring a strategic perspective to the role, grounded in a realistic understanding of the practical challenges of raising performance levels and effecting cultural change. Able to quickly establish and develop strong working relationships with a range of partners and build credibility and trust with stakeholders at all levels, you will relish the chance to support, influence and strengthen resilience in the service.

The Deputy Director Children’s Social Care has responsibility for the leadership and management of social work services including:

  • The ‘front door’ to Children’s Services child protection services – integrated with partners and co-located at Sir Henry Mitchell House.
  • The child sexual exploitation hub and historic CSE case work.
  • All assessment and care management work delivered by the social work teams.
  • Improved outcomes for children in need of protection.
  • Improved outcomes for looked after children.
  • The Bradford Council Adoption Agency including Agency Decision maker.
  • The delivery of an in-house fostering service.
  • The management of twelve residential units regulated by Ofsted.
  • Develop and lead on early intervention and prevention strategy for the District, building on, for example, the success of Families First.
  • Championing quality services in order to promote good outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.