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Strategic Lead for Safeguarding and Practice Impro - M16 7AD



Job Type



Care & Social Care


M16 7AD

Our Manchester, Our Children

We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious candidate with a keen eye for detail, quality and able to form productive partnerships.  The successful candidate will join a successful and supportive team which is focused on working together to drive the quality of practice and outcomes for children across Manchester City Council Children and Education Services; we’re improving all the time and at pace.  We would welcome applications from candidates from a Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority background. 

This vacancy has arisen as the current post holder is moving on due to a promotion, which shows the valuable experience, support and opportunities you can get at Manchester City Council.

Manchester’s Children’s Services is ambitious, has senior and political support to build a safe, happy, healthy and successful future for all our children and young people; relevant now more than ever.  We have recently been recognised by Ofsted as successfully creating an environment conducive to continued improvement; our dedicated and passionate staff report feeling listened to and supported. It should therefore be no surprise that the task we’ve set ourselves is to deliver excellent services to our children and their families is challenging and will take hard work; made easier by our commitment to work in partnership, collaborate and innovate to achieve our ambitions.

Here are the principles we’re going to follow to get there:

  • Be child centred in our practice and planning
  • Listen to and respond to children and young people and our staff
  • Focus on strengths; building resilience
  • Early action, innovative and integrated services

The Candidate

We are looking for an experienced leader who is a registered Social Worker to become part of our senior leadership team, reporting to the Strategic Director of Children’s & Education Services.

The successful candidate will be a key member of our leadership team who are proud and passionate about Manchester; supporting the delivery of consistently high standards of practice and be able to demonstrate our behaviours.

We are looking for someone who understands ‘good’ practice and can effectively work with others in a culture of high support and challenge and be experienced in delivering sustained improvements in outcomes for children. 

The Role

The Head of Quality Assurance for Safeguarding is responsible for the performance and impact of the following service areas which play an important role in driving the improvement in services and outcomes for our children;

  • Safeguarding Improvement Unit (IRO and Child Protection Chairs)
  • Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
  • Advisor to Manchester Safeguarding Partnership
  • Workforce Development/Quality Assurance arrangements

The post holder will be supported to develop professionally and play a key role in working with operation leaders/managers; setting and embedding high standards of practice, quality assurance arrangements within Children’s & Education Services and support the wider partnership.

The post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (amended in 2013). Appointable candidates will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Information provided by you or the DBS will be dealt with in a confidential manner and in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice which can be viewed on our website. We have a policy on the Employment of Ex-Offenders and it is available upon request.

This post is also subject to satisfactory references, proof of right to work in the UK in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and other pre-employment checks where applicable.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

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