Head of Service Safeguarding and Quality Assurance

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: AUG20210639

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£66,382 - £74,415 Per Annum

Closing date

20 September 2021

Head of Service Safeguarding and Quality Assurance

We are looking for an outstanding individual who understands the value of social work intervention with very vulnerable children and their families, and who has substantial experience of management.

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

Within this role you will have lead responsibility for the effective management & delivery of Quality Assurance in the Children and Families Service.  In addition you will be responsible for the overall management of the Service Quality Team (Independent Reviewing Officers and Child Protection Chairs) & the Local Authority Designated Officer.  You will actively engage the voice of social work, children and their families in service planning and support the development and delivery of action plans resulting from external inspection (Ofsted)

The role will need to drive continuous improvement and will play a critical part in risk management. 

You will provide high support and challenge to practitioners, managers, senior leaders and elected members to ensure the delivery of best practice and service delivery.  You will manage and contribute to practice learning arrangements across the Children and Families Service.  You will champion innovation work underpinned by a strong culture of continuous improvement. 

What you’ll need to succeed

 You will have a recognised professional qualification in social work, excellent organisational and communication skills, and take pride in everything you do. You will be curious and creative and above all have a ‘can do’ attitude. You will be able to work as part of a team and ensure that front-line practice contributes to strategic priorities.  You will understand the framework of legislation underpinning the service; the Children Act 1989 & 2000.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

How to apply:

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “job profile” and “how to apply” to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role.   Please ensure you refer to the ‘how to apply’ document when you complete your application as there is information in there that you need to include and evidence in your application for this role.  Please ensure you fully read and follow the guidance so you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. PLEASE DO NOT JUST SUBMIT A CV.