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Deputy Director – Early Help and Safeguarding

Employer: Achieving for Children

  • Reference: AFC/17/42262
  • Published on: Tue 05/09/2017 09:15 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 03/10/2017 11:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
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  • Salary: Salary c£95k per annum + £8,000 relocation package
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Achieving for Children,Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF

This role offers the perfect opportunity for a passionate social care professional seeking to drive innovation, best practice and staff development at both a local and national level.

About the role

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have recently joined Achieving for Children (AFC) – an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014 – which is responsible for delivering the entirety of all three boroughs’ children’s services.

As our new Deputy Director, your initial focus will be on Windsor and Maidenhead’s development journey. We have a solid platform on which to build success, with a collaborative leadership team that provides both the support and freedom you need to deliver excellence. However we know that we are not yet where we need to be.

Instilling strong, confident practice within our Royal borough will have its challenges, but for the right person this is fully achievable. You will find you have the necessary resources, together with a committed workforce aspiring to be the best they can. They will be looking to you for clear professional leadership and direction.

Key to your success will be your ability to implement an evidence based approach, robust processes and to model a culture that inspires confidence in staff to make decisions at the earliest point for the good of the child or young person. Service improvement will come hand in hand with the opportunity for personal development and advancement across our workforce – creating an environment in which all staff can thrive and deliver excellence.

About you

As the successful candidate, you will come with a breadth of experience across the range of children’s services and a demonstrable record of an evidence based approach which has delivered service improvement, effective innovation and successful staff development so that outcomes for children and young people have improved.

We are looking for a talented leader with both the insight and foresight to shape and improve the breadth of children’s services. This will be combined with the ability to inspire an ‘all in it together’ approach, in which staff take shared responsibility and understand the benefits of working with all stakeholders to ensure better outcomes for children.

You will be a senior social care professional, comfortable with engaging senior colleagues in local and central government, Ofsted and the wider industry about the key issues, regulation and practice that impact on the lives of our children.

About Achieving for Children

Working with Achieving for Children while employed by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children’s services delivery. AFC have been up and running for three years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.

AfC was recently named as Social Work Employer of the Year for 2016 at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year awards ceremony, beating off competition from local authorities and national agencies to win the award. We were recognised for our work to encourage innovation and empower staff, building a strong team spirit, and investing in staff development.

The successful candidate will have access to;

  • Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
  • A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
  • A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
  • Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
  • Reflective supervision from an experienced management team

You will find out more about AFC at and the priorities of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead at

Application arrangements

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

We wish to make the application process as straightforward as possible. As part of this process, it important that you fill out the mandatory fields and provide evidence of your suitability against a small number of key questions on the online application form. You are also welcome to attach your CV, if you have one to further support your application.

Closing date: 12 noon Tuesday, 3rd October

Interview date: Wednesday 18 October

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