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Thank you for showing an interest in one or more of our head of service positions within children’s social care. It is a great time to be considering joining Rochdale children’s services and we are recruiting to:

  • Head of service cared for children and youth justice service 
  • Head of service child protection and court proceedings
  • Head of service first response and complex safeguarding 

We are committed to embedding our relational practice model and are driven by a principle led approach to working with children and families to secure the best outcomes possible.

This approach has supported us to work flexibly and responsively during the current pandemic. Our staff have been passionate in finding creative ways to do whatever it takes to assess and make good plans with our children and families. With high levels of communication, we have worked well with our foster carers, residential workers and partners. To find out more you can listen to my podcast below.

We believe deeply that how we work with our staff translates into how they in turn work with children and families. Led by clear expectations about the quality of practice, our work is underpinned by a strong quality assurance framework and supervision policy.

Committed to continuous learning, we work with our learning partner to encourage our practitioners and managers to be the best they can be. You will note in the job advert that these vacancies have arisen due to successful development opportunities.

We are constantly looking at new and innovative ways of working. Always curious, we have a keen appetite to adopt evidence based approaches which are proven to make the biggest difference, adopting what works as our new ways of practising. Across Children’s Services we are currently implementing:

  • No Wrong Door for adolescents with complex needs
  • Strengthening Families for young children and their families where children have been repeatedly removed through care proceedings.
  • ACT (Achieving Change Together) which is now embedded in our Complex Safeguarding Team, with roll out to all locality teams planned.

For these key roles in our management team we are looking for people who are self-motivated, keen influencers and shapers who can see the big picture. We want managers who pay attention to detail and get things done!

You will know that to achieve good outcomes you need to establish excellent working relationships where you can both challenge and support, and you will have at your core a passion and drumbeat of doing what works to improve children’s lives.

This is a brilliant opportunity to make a difference and be stretched, to be creative and secure lasting change. In return you will work in an exciting, fast paced, supportive and inclusive environment, where we will encourage you to achieve your aspirations.

If you are still interested, I would encourage you to have an informal discussion with me on 01706 925402. We can also arrange for you to come and have a look around our buildings and meet some officers, subject to our Covid-19 compliance arrangements.

Finally, I very much look forward to receiving your application and hearing about what you can bring to our service.

Kind regards,

Julia Hassall, Assistant Director, Children’s Social Care

You can hear more from Julia Hassall on this 'What Works in Children’s Social Care’ podcast'. It covers a lot of our work during COVID-19 and our relational social work.

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