Thank you for your interest in this important, influential role for South Gloucestershire. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a telling contribution to how we support our most vulnerable children and young people and give them the best possible start in life. Social care is a high priority service for South Gloucestershire Council, so this role has high expectations attached to it.

It also comes with a commitment from us to work closely with the postholder and ensure they have the right support and influence required to be successful. We are investing significantly in Children’s Services, and our most recent inspection report highlights the degree of political support we enjoy from the whole Cabinet. 

We’re a council with a genuinely open, collaborative approach to the way we work together and with other organisations. We’re proud of our ability to work effectively in partnerships, to operate with a flat hierarchy and to engage stakeholders in our decision making.

We openly recognise that we are on a journey in children’s services to ‘good’, but the direction of travel is extremely positive. Over the last two years we have addressed the issues that caused us to be judged ‘inadequate’ and recently moved to ‘requires improvement’. We are fortunate to have enthusiastic staff and a stable management team and the successful candidate will have a committed group around them all working together to achieve excellence.

This is a leadership role in our Department for Children, Adults and Health.  You will lead on service design as well as overseeing operational delivery of all of our children’s social care services including corporate parenting, 0-25 disability services, early help, long-term care, initial social care contacts and our secure residential unit.

We are looking for a passionate, experienced and registered social worker, ideally with experience of being part of a similar improvement journey, to build on the good work done to date and take us on the next phase of our journey. If you think you have what it takes we look forward to receiving your application.