Brighter Futures for Children – Deputy Director Children’s Services: Children’s Social Care

We are looking to complete our permanent skilled leadership team with a Deputy Director to champion the development of our Children’s Social Care Services.  With good staff morale and full service commitment, our children’s outcomes are improving, but there is still more to do.

Location(s): Reading
Job Type: Permanent
Closing date: October 12 2018
Salary: c. £100k

About the role

It really is a great time to join us in Reading, and to help us deliver our vision.  We are working with partners to create a local authority owned company to support our unrelenting focus on high quality outcomes for children.  The new organisation will raise the profile of Reading’s children’s services, provide expert support to managers and staff, including local stakeholders and will be part of Reading’s wider public service team.

“Brighter Futures for Children” is anticipated to go live Autumn 2018 and will be formed by current staff members who have local knowledge and an excellent understanding of the needs of the Borough. The Company will be enabled and owned by the Council but controlled and run by its Directors with a dedicated leadership team and operational independence.

This is a unique opportunity to join the new team and an organisation that wants to build and deliver excellent services.  The new Deputy Director of Children’s Social Care will work closely with the Director of Children’s Services to lead the delivery of strong, integrated and responsive safeguarding and children’s social care services.  We are making significant headway and currently driving through a progressive and ambitious Improvement Plan which includes stabilising our workforce for the future.

Key contact

This role is a great opportunity to help us make Reading one of the best places in the UK to grow up in and impact positively on the lives of our young people. If you have a vision for what we can accomplish and want to be part of our success story then please make contact with our retained consultant Kelly Shaw on 07900 363803 or 0203 434 0990. Information packs are available to download at

Key dates

Closing date Interview date
12 Oct 2018 at 12 noon w/c 29 Oct 2018

How to apply

Please download and review the recruitment pack and associated documents below:

Send an up to date CV and supporting statement, detailing how you meet the criteria for this role using the person specification, along with your completed declaration form. We advise that your supporting statement is no longer than 3 pages and your CV no more than 3 pages. Your CV must contain dates worked and a brief description of your key responsibilities for each role including consultancy/project work.

Once complete, please send your application in MS Word format by email 


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