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  • Head of Service – Safeguarding and Quality Assurance
  • Salary: £66,298 to £71,048

This is Salford’s time! We are changing and have ambitious plans for our modern global City, where our workforce can collectively make a real difference to the lives of local people. The Council is people centered and values based which makes Salford a really great place to work. With a proactive culture and can-do approach, we embrace innovation and nurture great talent. We think differently here, and our employees are at the heart of how we do things, so having an informed, engaged and motivated workforce is vital. And that is where you come in.

We are looking for a Head of Service for our Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Unit (SQAU) to lead exceptional practice and drive service improvement through quality assurance, learning and workforce development, with a strong emphasis on a relational approach with children and families. You will have responsibility for the independent chairs for child protection, care for children and young person’s plans, as well as the LADO service, quality assurance team and leading on our domestic abuse practice. You will also be the link person between the Safeguarding Partnership and Childrens Services team, offering independent advice and scrutiny, ensuring strengths in practice and learning is effectively understood and addressed. You will lead rapid reviews and develop the safeguarding partnership vision.

As the Head of the SQAU will have a critical role within the senior management team, ensuring feedback is heard by managers and partners at all levels, and identify and develop improvements to social work practice and expertise. You will take the lead across Children’s Services for the quality assurance framework and impact of this upon outcomes. 

You will be highly motivated, with a strong social care background and the ability to effectively lead and inspire staff through the provision of collaborative, forward thinking and values bases leadership. You will have a high degree of inter-personal skills to work effectively across the service, wider organisations and external partner agencies. You will be comfortable taking decisions on behalf of the organisation, be involved in strategic decision making within the service and across the wider children’s services community ensuring the service is fulfilling all of its statutory functions. 

You will be joining a supportive, experienced and forward-thinking leadership team who can, and do, draw on a wide range of professional and specialist support to ensure excellence across the service. Zoe Fearon, the Assistant Director of Children’s Social Care has been with the council for three years and Charlotte Ramsden, the Strategic Director for People, has been here for nine years, with many other colleagues also having been at Salford for several years – we are a committed and loyal senior team. We are a service that is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted (2018), however, we do not rest on our laurels with continuous improvement at the heart of our thinking. 

For more information, please visit our recruitment microsite Salford Leadership or for an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity please contact our advising consultant at GatenbySanderson - Philip Emms on 07590 225472.