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Interim Service Manager


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Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Competitive rates



Ruth Zakari

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  • To manage performance, direction and strategic development of a service area within Children’s Social Care, and for the planning and implementation of service changes and improvements.
  • To ensure that teams within the service area deliver services to the appropriate standards in terms of performance and budget.
  • To monitor and review performance and develop strategy in constructive partnership with other agencies and key stakeholders.


Reporting directly to the Director of Social Care you will have professional HCPC registration and offer considerable senior level experience in delivering service improvements and leading significant change across the breadth of Statutory Children’s Social Care services by:

• Engaging the workforce and key partners;

• Being a resilient, self-motivated leader who understands business requirements;

• Setting high standards and delivering excellent practice and motivating others to do the same;

• Leading by example in delivery of the Company’s vision of providing creative, transparent and child-centred services;

• Creating an honest and supportive working environment where employees feel empowered, valued and listened to;

• Providing a relentless focus on service delivery and the Company’s development journey;

• Managing systems and processes to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families;

• challenging the team to identify, analyse and share best financial opportunities;

• Promoting the Company and its vision and values at a Local, Regional and National level;

• Overseeing social work interventions where the voice of the child is heard, fully considered and acted upon. We offer a unique opportunity to join us at the start of an exciting and innovative programme of change as we shape and develop our new dedicated children’s company.




• Educated to degree level with appropriate professional Social Work qualification i.e. CSS/CQSW or DipSW, MA SW, BA Hons SW.

• Current HCPC Registration.

• Management qualification.

• Evidence of continuous professional development.

• Current driving licence and access to a car, or means to mobility support


Experience of :

• Extensive post qualifying experience within a relevant professional field.

• Extensive case management experience of cases with complex professional and ethical issues including child protection, court proceedings, case conference and other formal processes.

• Substantial experience as a manager in Children’s Service.

• Extensive experience of people management including managing recruitment, discipline and grievance processes and performance management.

• Extensive experience of budget control including budget planning, expenditure control and identifying savings.

• Substantial experience on intra and inter agency work at senior manager level. Able to demonstrate examples of making practical difference.

• Experience of service and/or policy planning and development.

• Experience of successfully planning for and contributing to OFSTED inspection process.


Knowledge and understanding of:

• Extensive knowledge and fundamental understanding of current research and good practice standards in relation to children and families.

• Extensive knowledge of the legal framework for working with children and families.

• Awareness of current national developments for children and families.


This position requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check



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Please note: Rates are correct at time of posting and are an approximate indication only. Rates are subject to change