Head of Service – Locality Services and MASH

Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Grade 16 £68,368 per annum (additional 10% market rate supplement of £6,836.80)
11 Oct 2019
01 Nov 2019
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time

Package• A competitive salary • Generous annual leave entitlement • Access to an occupational pension scheme • A range of employee benefits including; healthcare, public transport and gym memberships discount 

Have you had a career dedicated to making things better for children and young people? Do you have experience of driving change in difficult times and are looking for the next step?

We need a Head of Service to support our improvement journey and the MASH, as well as provide strategic leadership and oversight of the Locality Safeguarding Teams. We are looking for an ambitious senior manager with proven experience of successfully managing services for children and families.

You will manage four Service Managers within the service area. You will have experience of bringing together internal services, partners and stakeholders, under difficult and challenging circumstances, to improve services and therefore outcomes for children and their families.

Leading and developing a range of specialist professionals, including managing Service Managers, you'll play a key role in the strategic planning and transformation of services. You'll be responsible for the delivery of safe and sustainable outcomes through a responsive service. You will have the vision and change management skills to make the necessary process and culture changes to ensure we have robust systems and confident and resilient social workers to deliver best practice social care to our children and families.

At Wakefield, our Children and Young People's Directorate is in the middle of a rapid transformation. We are one of just a handful of local authorities rated inadequate which did not have an Alternative Delivery Model imposed. As such, our improvement ambitions are steep, and so is the challenge. We are making significant improvements at pace so you will need to demonstrate your enthusiastic and energetic approach, with experience of leading change and achieving better outcomes for children. 

With us, you will be part of a committed and dynamic management team providing high levels of support and challenge, promoting a learning environment in which good practice can flourish. But don’t just take our word for it…

"Staff within the service do describe the new leadership as "known, visible and knowledgeable".  Peter Dwyer CBE, Commissioner for Children's Services in Wakefield.

We have a clear vision of the service we're creating and we know how we're going to do it, so make the decision to choose Wakefield.

Discover more about “why Wakefield” and what we can offer you, including an insightful video, on our dedicated webpage here

Contact details for an informal discussion: Vicky Schofield, Service Director, 01924 302186.