City of York Council - Children's Services Opportunities

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in learning more about City of York Council and these exciting new roles.

We have recently restructured our People Directorate and divided Adult Services and Children's Services, so we are now looking for two key strategic leaders to join our Children's Services team and enable us to bring our exciting new plans to life. As the Corporate Director for Children & Education and Director for Children’s Safeguarding, you will both be highly instrumental in helping to ensure we achieve the very best outcomes for the young people within our city.

We are very committed to delivering the best possible services for our children, the majority of whom feel safe and supported - they go to good or outstanding schools and are given the best life chances. However, we know this is not the case for every child, and that is why these two new roles are so vitally important.

Our focus for the young people of York is to continue to develop our whole life and whole system services, working closely with all our partner organisations, especially in the health and education sectors. We are looking for passionate leaders who are ambitious for the young people of York, with a relentless focus on driving improvements, ensuring best practice, a full understanding of safeguarding issues, and can form collaborative partnerships and influence key stakeholders.

We have a great platform to realise our ambitions - we provide a very strong early help and early intervention service, we have manageable caseloads, as well as "growing our own" social workers.

Our Council Plan for 2019 to 2023 sets out our priorities over the coming years and details what steps we'll take to ensure York continues to make history and build communities.

We've focused our plan on eight key outcomes:

  • well-paid jobs and an inclusive economy
  • a greener and cleaner city
  • getting around sustainably
  • good health and wellbeing
  • safe communities and culture for all
  • creating homes and world-class infrastructure
  • a better start for children and young people
  • an open and effective council

You will find that the roles will provide you with the kind of professional challenge and complexity you will naturally aspire to as ambitious leaders.

You will be joining a senior management team that supports each other, and looks to work at all times in a collaborative manner. Other parts of the Council recognise their role in supporting children's services. We are committed to hybrid working in the future, building upon the lessons from the last two years.

At a Council level we have many major programmes of work, including a potential devolution deal and playing a strong role in relation to changes within the NHS. We have major programmes of capital investment, and have a clear commitment to tackle climate change.

I hope this gives you a good understanding of what we are aiming to achieve for all our residents across the City of York, and I look forward to receiving your application.

Ian Floyd, Chief Operating Officer

Ian Floyd, Chief Operating Officer

The opportunities

We are looking for two pivotal leaders in children’s services who can deliver outstanding results in relation to social care, and also work in a collaborative way across the whole Council. The roles will appeal to robust and strategic leaders who have a passion for driving change, forming collaborative partnerships and influencing key stakeholders.

You will work in partnership with others, especially within the health and education sectors, to ensure our services are better integrated, good quality and value for money, so that we can improve the wellbeing, outcomes and life chances for the children of York.

You will act as the corporate champions for children, with the Corporate Director holding the statutory Director for Children’s Safeguarding role and the Director of Safeguarding acting as the Deputy Director. We welcome applications from leaders who are experienced in children’s social care, whether you are an existing DCS leader looking for a new challenge, or someone looking to step up to their first DCS or Director role.

You will be comfortable dealing with complex cases and managing risk, finding innovative solutions to social care, with a relentless drive on performance improvement. The focus is on ensuring we drive continuous improvement to a standard which is recognised within regulatory frameworks, ensuring we are always inspection ready - especially important as our next Ofsted inspection is pending. We know that we still have a lot more to do and so we will welcome experienced leaders who can bring new ideas and innovative thinking to the table. Your robust performance and improvement focus will enable you to identify gaps, provide solutions and bring about positive outcomes for every child.

The roles

Corporate Director, Children & Education

Title: Corporate Director, Children & Education
Hiring organisation: City of York Council
Job location: York - Hybrid Working
Base salary: circa £113k plus relocation support

Working with the Corporate Management Team, the Leader and elected Members, and other partners in a whole system approach, lead and direct the Children and Education Services and functions to deliver effective and safe children’s services which achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.

Principal accountabilities of the role include:

  • hold the statutory DCS and Lead Corporate Parent roles for children’s services
  • lead the development and transformation of children’s services
  • support the Chief Operating Officer in the corporate and strategic management of the Council
  • lead on the work with key stakeholders to align priorities and resources
  • lead on the education and skills for young people by working in partnership with schools, colleges and employers
  • develop and maintain a corporate performance management regime
  • lead on external assessments, e.g. Ofsted, sector-led and peer reviews
  • develop effective working relationships with members and keep them properly advised and informed
  • responsible for openness and transparency in the development and delivery of services and projects
  • represent the organisation at high levels with stakeholders across the Yorkshire region and nationally
  • lead on developments that mitigate against significant risk on business and organisational strategies
  • contribute to the corporate leadership and management of the Council as a whole, leading, planning and delivering the Council’s corporate strategic priorities

Director, Children’s Safeguarding

Title: Director, Children’s Safeguarding
Hiring organisation: City of York Council
Job location: York - Hybrid Working
Base salary: circa £101k plus relocation support

As a pivotal member of the Children & Education Leadership Team, you will actively contribute to the strategic management of the Council and ensure the success of our corporate aims and objectives. You will direct and deliver statutory children’s social care that protect vulnerable children by preventing or reducing care need or where necessary providing services which allow them to thrive in care.

Principal accountabilities of the role include:

  • support the Corporate Director in the strategic management and transformation of children’s services
  • lead officer responsible for safeguarding children and ensure services are compliant, safe and inspection ready in line with statutory inspection frameworks
  • to be the Deputy DCS and Corporate Parent
  • provide credible and effective professional leadership for the service
  • provide effective social work leadership across Children’s Services to achieve and maintain high standards of practice
  • provide Early Help Services to vulnerable children and young people
  • ensure strong quality assurance frameworks and practice are in place
  • lead the Children’s Partnership Board and groups at a local and national level
  • provide referral and assessment services and lead on the provision of placements and associated commissioning for children’s social care and children’s residential services
  • deliver fostering and adoption services
  • divert and reduce offending behaviour of young people through the provision of a Youth Justice Service for them and their families
  • provide specialist disability services for children, young people and their families
  • develop effective working relationships with members and keep them properly advised and informed
  • represent the organisation across the Yorkshire region and nationally, where applicable

About the City of York

The people of York built and continue to shape this city. York is a place where people and their stories matter, where an individual’s everyday experiences are as important as our world-class achievements. We are and aspire to be a child-friendly City.

Our city is rich in 2,000 years of history with a strong social legacy. Home to the world’s largest railway museum, unique archaeology and historic common land known as "strays". It is a distinct, exciting and beautiful northern city, forward-looking and progressive.

We are a vibrant, digital city at the heart of Yorkshire - the best of tradition and the modern. With excellent connectivity by road and rail, the neighbouring towns and cities of Leeds, Hull and Harrogate are in easy reach. National Parks and areas of areas outstanding natural beauty are on our doorstep, with their quaint villages and market towns, whilst the Yorkshire coast provides a retreat ideal for sunny days.

We are known for our considerable assets - our internationally important heritage, our strengths as a science city, our creative industries and cultural offer, our digital infrastructure, our young and highly skilled workforce, our world-leading universities and excellent schools and colleges.

Our thriving retail and visitor economy welcomes seven million unique visitors every year. We are ambitious and aim to be a city where local businesses can thrive and residents have good quality jobs, housing, opportunities and access to quality public services. We celebrate and champion the diversity of our population and encourage everyone to play an active role in the city, so that our vibrant economy and rich communities can make York the acclaimed city it is.

We are regularly recognised by Sunday Times as one of the best places to live, Conde Nast city of best architecture and YouGov found that we are Britain’s favourite city.

People are generous with their time in building on the strengths and assets in our community to help one another, particularly more vulnerable people in our local community. Residents live in safe neighbourhoods and benefit from first-class education, excellent frontline public services and community facilities.

If you are relocating to the area to take up the post we will provide relocation support.

About City of York Council

Following on from a consultation exercise where we asked residents and businesses for their views where we received over 6,000 comments (you can read results of the Council Plan consultation here), our Council Plan for 2019 to 2023 sets out our priorities over the coming years and details what steps we'll take to ensure York continues to make history and build communities. Following an election next year, our newly formed members will set out our future Council plan. It is an exciting time to join us to help shape out future.

We've focused our plan on eight key outcomes:

  • well-paid jobs and an inclusive economy
  • a greener and cleaner city
  • getting around sustainably
  • good health and wellbeing
  • safe communities and culture for all
  • creating homes and world-class infrastructure
  • a better start for children and young people
  • an open and effective council

The Council is made up of passionate and determined problem solvers working together for the benefit of York. We invest heavily in our staff, providing them with an environment in which they can flourish.

The way in which we do this comes in many forms. As an organisation, we promote professional development, remote working, employer supported volunteering and healthy working environments. We also offer a generous benefits package which includes; flexi-time, term-time and part-time working options, 30 days annual leave increasing to 35 days upon completion of five years local government service, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, together with high street discounts and salary sacrifice schemes.

Being a people-centred organisation means investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and there are many different ways in which we make this happen, including:

  • providing work which gives you the chance to make a difference to the lives of residents and colleagues
  • supportive management, who enable you to thrive and fulfil your potential
  • recognition for your hard work, through talent management and staff awards
  • support through the changing environment we are all living in
  • flexible working practices
  • a reward package which recognises your contribution

New to York? We offer a comprehensive relocation allowance for those moving to the region. The region is well connected; within easy reach of North East, Yorkshire and Humber and only two hours by train from London and Edinburgh. The region offers a high quality of life; safe communities, good education, thriving economy whilst being rich in culture and heritage providing you with the residence of choice.

Contact us and apply now

For an informal confidential discussion about these opportunities, please contact Penny Keatings at Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk or on 07811 411462 from our recruitment partners - The Resourcing Solution

Apply

To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk as soon as possible and indicate which role you are applying for.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview. Please also include details of your current salary.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

These are politically restricted posts as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Key dates

Corporate Director, Children & Education

  • Closing date: midnight on Sunday 6 March
  • Interview: Assessment Event 28 March and Final Interview 1 April

Note: We plan to appoint the Corporate Director Children & Education first, to enable the incumbent to join the recruitment exercise for the Director, Children’s Safeguarding on the dates below. It would be helpful if candidates applying could consider being available to take part in these interviews.

Director, Children’s Safeguarding

  • Closing date: midnight on Sunday 6 March
  • Interview: Assessment Event 11 April and Final Interview 13 April

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