Director Children Services

North East Lincolnshire
£95k negotiable
02 Nov 2020
30 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full time

We are looking to recruit a first-class leader with the right experience, knowledge, and dedication to help us improve the lives of children, young people, and families in North East Lincolnshire.

There has never been a more exciting time to join North East Lincolnshire’s Children’s Services. The transformation journey has radically changed the service which is driving real improvements to children’s social care, early intervention, prevention and governance at all levels.

What you need to know about us

We firmly believe that North East Lincolnshire Council is a great place to work. We are a unitary authority, proud to employ over 1,600 people. Our dedicated staff group provide an extensive range of services to over 159,000 local residents. Visit our website and click on the Browse Services tab to see more. 

By working to a set of common values, we believe that our people can make a positive difference to the organisation and the communities we serve.

Discover NEL

An ambitious Borough with a lot going on. We are proud to boast that North East Lincolnshire contains not only Grimsby and Immingham, the largest port complex in the Country but also the award-winning resort of Cleethorpes. The area is also a key location for renewable energy as well as other strong business sectors that contribute significantly to the regional and national economy.  We would like to encourage all applicants to Discover NEL at

What you need to know about the role​

We have had a challenging time in North East Lincolnshire following our last Ofsted focused visit in October 2019. But with a lot of investment and hard work from all involved we are in a much stronger place and looking to retain our GOOD rating.

The transformation journey for Children’s Services is ambitious, but already starting to show positive results, and will need to be driven to enable continued improvement to ensure that outcomes for our children, young people, and families continue to improve.

How can you make a difference?

You will be an experienced senior leader and social work professional, with a track record of improving outcomes for children, young people, and families as a compelling strategic lead with a strong grip on operational services. 

You will have the vision, drive and resilience to pick up the mantle of the transformation journey and build on the successes of the last few months, engaging with our partners to improve the outcomes for children, young people, and families within North East Lincolnshire.

You will be flexible and adaptable to changing situations and keen to work in an ambitious and forward-thinking culture.

What we offer

A strong culture of support from Elected Members and Senior Leadership Team. We offer an open and engaging working environment, salaries subject to national negotiation, a career average pension scheme, flexible working, car scheme and the opportunity to buy additional holidays to name a few.

Still believe you can make a difference.

We would encourage you to review our dedicated website to Children’s social care Where you will find the role profile and person spec.

All applicants are advised to carefully read the information provided in the Role Profile and Employee Specification and provide clear evidence to support their application. A CV and a supporting statement should be sent to by Monday 30th November 2020, subject DCS Application.

Interviews will be held over 2 days on the 15th & 16th December 2020.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Joanne Hewson on telephone 01472 325141 or email