Thank you for your interest in working with us here in Merton. The Children, Schools and Families directorate is an enthusiastic, ambitious, successful part of the council and Merton’s wider partnerships. We are rightly proud of our good service, with outstanding features, but not at all complacent; there is always more work to do. We have a determination to make further improvements so that Merton is a place where all families and their children thrive, and those who need extra help and support receive it when they need it.

The Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care and Youth Inclusion is a key role in the directorate’s leadership team. The post-holder will be an inspirational leader, rooted in systemic, strengths- and relationship-based practice, and an accomplished manager of people and finances, with a willingness to work collaboratively across the directorate, the council and beyond to maximise the impact of our combined resources on behalf of families and children.

Much of our success to date has come from our willingness to adopt innovative practice and new ways of working at the same time as focusing on doing the basics well. As part of a dynamic team, your fresh ideas will be appreciated, and you will find welcoming and supportive colleagues who help you find your feet quickly. 

You will be operationally responsible for a full range of children’s social care and youth justice services, with a budget of over £20million. You will have a vital role in our safeguarding partnership arrangements, and other partnerships and boards involving police, health, education and community partners. You will be genuinely interested in what the children and young people of Merton and their families and carers have to say about the support and services they receive, and will draw on their input to shape the work we do. You will earn the respect of colleagues and members for your skilled, knowledgeable and principled leadership.

In return the council offers a great working environment, including flexible working arrangements, an excellent package, investment in training and development and an opportunity to work as part of a cohesive and supportive team who are committed to delivering excellent services.

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