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Head of Safeguarding & Performance

Posted on 9 June 2021

  • DirectorateBHCC: Families Children & Learning
  • LocationMoulsecoomb Hub North
  • Salary£59,776 - £65,639
  • ContractPermanent
  • Closing DateThis vacancy has closed

Job Summary
Job reference orbis/TP/756/14659
Positions available 1
Working hours 37
Closing date This vacancy has closed
Job category Children's - Social Work Managers
Organisation Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

Relocation expenses available for the appointed person, subject to eligibility criteria.

Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 4th July 2021

Interview date: Week commencing 19th July 2021

For an informal discussion, please contact Deb Austin - Executive Director, Families, Children & Learning on 01273 290446 or

About the role

Brighton & Hove continues to see improvements in the delivery of its services for children and young people. After a long period of significant stability which has involved a highly positive SEND inspection in 2016, an ILACS inspection in 2018 which raised the overall judgement of our children’s social work services up to Good and a focussed visit in 2020 which confirmed the strength of our improvements we are now looking to recruit to this key post.

We are looking for an ambitious and exciting senior manager who can support the journey to excellence, building on the improvements over the last 3 years.

You will be responsible for providing strategic and professional leadership in relation to effective governance of the Council’s safeguarding and child protection systems.  You will be responsible for a range of functions including the Safeguarding & Review Service, the directorate performance and quality assurance functions and support for the Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Children's Partnership.

You must be a qualified social worker who can demonstrate how they have improved practice, can engage with partners and listen to the voice of children and young people.

Essential Qualifications

  • DipSW or equivalent
  • Post qualifying qualifications (e.g. management qualification)

Key Attributes

  • Substantial direct experience as a manager of  safeguarding and child protection services in statutory sector social care services
  • Experience of leading and managing multi-disciplinary team, enabling others, dealing with problems and developing people – including setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Awareness of, and sensitivity to, the political implications of professional and managerial decisions
  • Understanding of context of a Children's Safeguarding Partnership role and responsibilities
  • Excellent communication, advocacy, presentation, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Experience working with a range of partners
  • A passion for supporting vulnerable children and young people

This is role is politically restricted.  For further information on what this means for employees in post, please click on the document attachment below.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce..


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