Dave Hill- Executive Director of Children, Families and Learning:
Surrey Children's Services is on a rapid change journey, with new management, innovative approaches and considerable energy. We have made a great start, but are looking for four new Directors to join us in transforming our services. We are determined that children, young people and their families will be at the centre of all we do. We are changing our model of work to one which supports excellent children's services, with Family Resilience - early help and prevention, at the heart of our journey. Family Safeguarding, an innovative and highly effective approach, developed in Hertfordshire will be central to our new model.
Supporting all of our front line workers across social work, SEN and other services, to have reflective, thoughtful and supportive leadership and management is critical to our journey. We believe that it will be the practice and culture of our managers and workers that will deliver great outcomes for our children and their families.
We have taken feedback from Ofsted inspections seriously, but it will be knowing ourselves well and a journey for 'our' children that will get us to be a top performing children's service. These Director roles will work as a critical part of the improvement journey, we are looking for individuals who can deliver at the highest level and also be part of a strong and supportive team.
We are looking for a candidate who can drive development of new services to deliver improved outcomes for Looked After Children to ensure help is provided when needed, and that children who cannot be safely looked after by their parents are able to move to high quality permanent homes more quickly when appropriate. You would also lead the delivery of a remodelled Leaving Care Service to allow those leaving Surrey's care to make a smooth transition with appropriate support to move successfully to the next stage of their lives.
On the afternoon of Friday 2 November Dave Hill will be available from 2pm to meet in person to talk about the positions available. To book on the open day, please call Gillian Young 01908 230265, Greg Hayes 020 7426 3962 or Marcia Williams 020 7426 3374.