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 lead on the development, effective provision and promotion of safeguarding and family support strategies across children's services to secure better outcomes for children and young people and more resilient families. You would be responsible for promoting excellence in children's social work practice, working within the service and across the wider partnership for children to define and clarify the role of the local authority in response to policy developments. This role will require you to work closely with schools, the Health service and other agencies to drive forward and maintain an Early Help model of delivery that provides local, targeted, preventative, family support services.
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.