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Head of Cluster Family and Youth Support
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Salary Details: Scale Point 49 to 52 (£46,578 to £49,458)
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
Hours: 36
Location: Kingston
Directorate: Protection and Early Help
Service: Family Youth and Support

About the Role
The Head of Cluster Family and Youth Support provide operational management to one of the Cluster Teams that deliver preventative support, early intervention and social care to children, young people and their families in three geographical areas.

They will line manage, support and supervise multi-agency practitioners and contribute to the strategic aims of the Protection and Early Help Service.

As a Head of one of the cluster teams, you will lead on one of the key strands the service provides such as Children’s Centres, Educational Welfare, Emotional Health, Family Support or Youth. You will need to keep abreast of government policy, implement statutory responsibilities and lead on operational implementation at a local level.  

About us
bout usWe have been up and running for four 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.

About you
To be successful in this role as Head of Family and Youth Support, you will have significant experience of managing an integrated and multi-agency service, preferably in a children's services environment. 

You will have experience of working with and supporting vulnerable young people and of leading and managing teams to deliver excellent outcomes for families, children and young people.

For this post we require:
  • Experience in managing integrated and multi-agency services within children's services
  • Substantial and current experience of working with vulnerable children 
  • Experience of risk management an safeguarding in the context of family support within a multi-disciplinary teamwork
  • Evidence of effective performance management Strong analytical, and planning skills
  • Use of relevant research methods, including critical reflection and evidenced-based decision making
  • Evidence of continued professional development
For more information regarding this role please view the Job Profile.

In return, we offer a dynamic, friendly and supportive working environment with a focus on on-going development.  

If you have the management style, that will ensure effective decision making, provide high-quality supervision, and rigorous management oversight then this will be the role for you. 

Benefits of working for Achieving for Children
As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.  

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) 
  • Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post 
  • A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached 
  • Tools and models  including Signs of Safety
  • Reflective supervision from an experienced management team  
You will find out more about our organisation at

How to apply
Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile. Some of our positions require CV only. 

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy. 

Advert Closing date: 2nd December 2018
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