Bradford is a place like few others. Steeped in a proud history of industrial, social and economic success. Our people, our places, our unique countryside, our history and our talent are coming together – connecting us across the UK and around the world to new opportunities. We know that we can build a better future for our people, and through them, for our special corner of Yorkshire. As the youngest city in the UK, this starts with our children and young people.
Since our Ofsted in 2018 we’ve been working to refocus, rebuild and dramatically improve children’s social care. We’re determined to work with our partners, families and young people to develop a strategy and build a service that gives all our young people the strong foundations they need to thrive. We’ve committed to be child-friendly in all we do as we create Bradford’s new landscape for children and young people.
Our recent focused visit by Ofsted gave us some difficult messages whilst acknowledging that we have a good awareness of how we’re doing. There were positives but it’s clear we must pick up the pace and consistency of improvement. We know this and are taking action.
About the Person
As our new Deputy Director Children’s Social Care, you will be central to this improvement journey. You’ll bring depth of experience in children’s social work, with the resilience, judgement, leadership and senior management skills to make a visible difference across the District. You’ll be joining a determined, open-minded and child-focused leadership team.
As a qualified social worker, you’ll bring insights gained from the sharp-end of children’s social care. You’ll understand the challenges of children’s social work and child protection in a large and challenging, (predominantly) urban and very diverse environment and will be used to working closely with members, partners, Ofsted, young people and active communities. You’ll have a track record that shows you can have a positive impact in the large and complex system that is Bradford. You’ll know what good looks like, will be driven by high values and will bring integrity and a passion for getting the best for all children.
Priorities will be focused on embedding better and more consistent social care practice, addressing any pockets of poor practice; creating a culture that balances high support and positive challenge; underpinning stronger partnerships with improved processes, trust and appropriate judgements; and leading a new narrative with children and families, taking the whole system on a journey from improvement, through investment to success.
We’re already making headway in key areas – caseloads are moving to an average of around 30, and are targeted to reach around 22; partners are engaging better and making more appropriate judgements; we’re collecting better and more consistent performance data; we have clear corporate support and the backing to make change; agency staff numbers are reducing with a clear strategy for long-term change and establishing more stability, getting the right people in the right place; and we’re refocusing and streamlining our Improvement Action Plan. We’re not standing still. We’re clear that getting the best for, and with, our children will be reflected in Ofsted assessments over time. Working with our talented teams, our passionate partners and our amazing communities is challenging – but it will deliver the future we all want.
Bradford is a great place; a place rooted in people, hard graft and ambition. Our new Deputy Director Children’s Social Care will ‘get’ what makes Bradford so special and will find a professional home like no other. If you can be this unique person, we’d love you to join us.