At Lambeth Council, we are on a major journey of improvement to help us deliver outstanding children’s social work. We’ve made a good start and are very ambitious about the future. But to help us continue this positive momentum, we’re looking for two excellent social care leaders to drive this agenda forward. 

Our new approach requires inspiring, motivated and ambitious leaders to tackle our challenges successfully, with pace and passion. We want you to bring your expertise, experience and professional insights to influence, shape and deliver Lambeth’s ambitious vision for its children’s social care services. 

We’ll expect a lot from you, but we’ll make sure you will be well supported and well rewarded. You can look forward to a competitive pay package and generous annual leave. We also offer season ticket loans, bike loans, and for qualifying roles, a car allowance and parking permits.

With a health and wellbeing strategy to help you handle the stresses of your job, we’re working hard to ensure you have all the support you need.

Very importantly, Lambeth will offer you the opportunity of making a real difference to the quality and outcome of children’s services in what is a challenging and vibrant environment.

What's next for inadequate authorities? Click to find out the thoughts of Mark Stancer, Director of Children's Social Care at Lambeth. 

Learn all about Lambeth’s improvement journey, and Mark’s vision for making real, positive change.

Assistant Director
Family Support and Child Protection
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Up to £82,000

Closing date: Monday 7 November 2016

Longlist meeting: Monday 14 November (no candidate involvement) 

Preliminary interviews (includes stakeholder panels and 1 to 1 with Director): Wednesday 30 November

Final interview: Wednesday 14 December 

If you think senior leadership in social care is about leading social work practice then you are in the right place. In Lambeth we put Children and their families at the heart of practice, and practice at the heart of all that we do. To do this we need great leaders to achieve this vision. 

We are in the process of an ambitious improvement journey and to continue to move forward in this we need confident social work practitioners, led by confident leaders. As a crucial member of our Senior Children’s Social Care Services team, you’ll inspire this belief in our people. Your success depends on your drive to inspire success and tackle significant challenges. It’s a very exciting time to play your part in achieving these improvements in Lambeth and there’s much work still to be done. You will need plenty of enthusiasm, determination, skill and an unshakeable resolve to enable teams to support the most vulnerable families in the community. 

To apply, you’ll need a strong professional social work background and the desire to bring exciting changes to a fast-paced authority that is committed to achieving success at every level.

If this is you then we would love to hear from you. It is a great time to join us and be part of the success.

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Assistant Director
Early Help and Access
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Up to £82,000

Closing date: Monday 7 November 2016

Longlist meeting: Monday 14 November (no candidate involvement) 

Preliminary interviews (includes stakeholder panels and 1 to 1 with Director): Wednesday 30 November

Final interview: Wednesday 14 December 

Successful senior leaders in social care create the environment within which great social work can flourish. If you agree with that you have landed in the right place. Children and their families are at the heart of practice, and practice is at the heart of all that we do. To do this we need great leaders to make sure we achieve this. 

To move forward, we need to inspire confidence. There’s no doubt that there’s more work to be done. Which is why you must thrive on a challenge. With a vital role in our Senior Children’s Social Care Services team, you’ll work collaboratively with key partners including health, the police and education. You’ll also focus on making sure that all stakeholders operate confidently and safely. And you’ll bring clarity and sound professional knowledge to the management of the complexity and volume at the ‘front door’. With the ability to operate in a high-pressure environment, you’ll generate confidence from the workforce and have excellent communication skills. To apply, you’ll need a strong professional social work background and the desire to bring exciting changes to a fast-paced authority. 

It is a great time to join us and become a key part of the improvement journey we are on. If this is you then we would love to hear from you. 

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How to apply

Applications for these roles have now closed.

Before you apply, please make sure that you’ve read the full Job Profile in detail.

Your supporting statement must demonstrate the criteria outlined in the Person Specification.

You’ll need to submit the following:

  • Your current CV including the contact details of two referees
  • Supporting statement aligned to the person specification (maximum four pages)
  • Equal Opportunities form

 

If you’d like an informal, confidential conversation about any of these roles, please get in touch with our partners at Penna.

Nick Raper: 07715 690463

Chris Barrow: 020 3829 9754

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of personal characteristics but, as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups.  Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Lambeth: Children at the heart of practice