Social Work Head of Service - Practice Improvement Team

Location Middlesbrough
Job type Contract
Salary £627.56 - 627.56 per day
Reference 169193

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company to the private and public sector has a locum vacancy for a Social Work Head of Service to work based in Middlesbrough, within the Practice Improvement Team.

The pay rate for this locum Head of Service job is £627.56 per day and is an initial 3-month contract.


  • Strategically drive and deliver the Practice Improvement Plan
  • Work within the Centre for Practice Excellence, with the Principal Social Worker and will report directly the Director of Children’s Care
  • Support the implementation of organisational changes modernisation and transformation to deliver good quality practice and improved outcomes for children in the town
  • Manage 8 interim Practice Leaders to deliver this work
  • Support the Directors and the Head of Strategic Services through an appropriate performance management framework to manage, monitor and improve practice in Early Help and Social Work services
  • Support the Directors and the Head of Strategic Services to prepare for Ofsted monitoring visits and inspections
  • Provide social work expertise to the organization, bringing new ideas and innovation
  • Work with the PSW and Practice Leaders within the Centre for Practice Excellence and alongside the workforce, supporting practice improvement priorities
  • Work with key stakeholders to drive their contribution to practice for children in the Town
  • Principal responsibility for the innovation, development, implementation and review of agreed transformation plans that support the Council’s plans to improve social work practice
  • Develop, assist and support the culture of transformation and its positive ethos throughout the Council and the partnership
  • Support the Director in developing and securing approval of new strategies and plans for improving services along with demonstrable, tangible efficiencies and fiscal improvements which contribute to and are consistent with the Council’s overall aims and objectives for improvement
  • Research and develop new practice models
  • Lead on agreed programs of system re-design which improve practice across the Directorate
  • Act as a strategic leader in the Directorate Senior Management Team
  • Have direct line management of staff where required by the DCC
  • Set the culture and ensure that Middlesbrough’s corporate vision and values are embedded, along with the vision and values of the Directorate
  • Offer matrix management to operational staff where required on agreed projects
  • Support the Council’s vision and priorities
  • Interface with partners including the Police, Health, Education to support delivery against key improvement objectives
  • Responsible for ensuring there are effective working relationships and liaison with all Heads of Service, Service Managers and stakeholders involved or impacted by transformation
  • Ensure that these relationships make a positive contribution to the service and that opportunities for joint working arrangements are maximised
  • Motivate, lead and develop the workforce to support a culture of high support and high challenge
  • Support a culture of high quality service provision through strong performance management and quality assurance
  • Produce, maintain and promote a strong understanding and narrative which demonstrates that we understand ourselves well, that prioritisation and decision making is made from a strong evidence base regarding the quality of provision and it is what is needed to improve the lives of children and families in Middlesbrough
  • Lead, motivate, direct, manage and develop staff ensuring strategic and operational priorities and work plans are delivered

Requirements of the Head of Service:

  • A recognised and relevant professional social work qualification (Degree / Diploma in Social Work)
  • Registered on Social Work England
  • Management experience

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Daily payroll
  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive social work knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each social worker you refer who we successfully place after 100 hours of work has been completed
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support with a specialist safeguarding team
  • In-house payroll system
  • Free digital copy of the Social Work News Magazine


This Head of Service job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

As a pioneer of diverse recruitment, Sanctuary Personnel is proud to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds as our pool of candidates is very much reflective of the clients that candidates will support within their role. This very much played a significant in previously winning ‘Best Candidate Care’ at the Recruiter Awards as well being a two-time finalist for the same award.

Sanctuary takes great pride in building candidate and client relationships that promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

With recruitment consultants and all other employees undertaking annual online training on EDI and many other compliance training courses, Sanctuary is best-placed to undertake a fair and thorough selection process.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.