Deputy Director, Children’s Social Care

Bexley (City/Town), London (Greater)
Up to £95,000 plus a generous relocation package
12 Oct 2017
06 Nov 2017
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

“We will work to help families to stay together, where it is in children’s best interests and it is safe for this to be so” – excerpt from our vision Statement 2016.

Here in Bexley, we are working to strengthen families, to enable them to identify their own solutions where there are difficulties, creating strong family networks and effective safety plans as the fundamentals to the protection and care of children. We are lucky enough to be one of a group of ten English local authorities implementing Signs of Safety, using it to strengthen professional practice and improve the long term outcomes for families and children. Relationships are at the centre of social work here in Bexley, and practitioners want to come and be part of what we are trying to deliver. 85% of our staff are permanently committed to us and that number continues to grow.

Bexley is playing a key part in helping London to grow sustainably and, in the years ahead, our residents will benefit from the opportunities this brings, including a better quality of life, improved wellbeing and efficient local services and facilities.

As a Council, we prioritise our responsibilities for children, young people, their families and carers.

We now seek a new Deputy Director for Children’s Social Care to lead our new senior team. You will be responsible for our family well-being (early help) offer, children in need and child protection, looked after children, care leavers, adoption and fostering. We are ambitious for innovation, creative thinking and change. A strong and experienced leader and partner in children’s social care, you will drive an ever more relentless focus on high quality experiences for families enabled by strong and dedicated social work. You will bring vision, passion, leadership skills and an operational expertise that will facilitate the changes that we are ready to make.

For further information click on: ttps:// (job reference ECS0000122). Please follow this link to apply:

For informal enquiries, please contact Eleanor Clarke or Sue Wait at Jobsgopublic SmartSearch, our retained consultants, on 020 7427 8255 or email

The London Borough of Bexley is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Equal Opportunities

Bexley Council is committed to a policy of equality and diversity for all staff regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor. Our Diversity Policy demonstrates a commitment to all job applicants. Our aims are to:

• promote equality of opportunity
• eliminate unlawful discrimination, and
• promote good relations between people from different backgrounds

We are committed to ensuring that employees who have a disability are given every possible assistance in the workplace, and have achieved the ‘Positive about Disabled People’ award, which gives all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in the person specification the opportunity to be interviewed.

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