Executive Clients.


A fresh approach to senior-level recruitment

Sanctuary Executive is a specialist recruitment service for those at the top-end of social care. Our highly experienced social care executive consultants draw on a comprehensive network. They identify the very strongest candidates to lead your social care teams; those with a proven record of success and a history of career stability in the executive market.

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Enhance visibility

Raise your visibility as an employer of choice and attract highly capable Service Managers, Heads of Service, Assistant Directors, Directors of Adult Social Services, Directors of Children’s Services and Deputy Chief Executives.

Reinvent your strategy

Smart executive social care recruitment rests with Sanctuary Executive. The right short-term executive hire will help you build more resilient teams who work together to create more supported, safer communities.

More than just resourcing

There is nothing short term about a legacy. Our ability to resource senior leaders as well as scalable delivery teams has helped take local authorities out of intervention while leaving a legacy for future success.

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Let us help you find your next dynamic leader

Gain direct access to the UK’s most dynamic social work professionals at the top-end of their career. Simply consult with us about the senior-level professional you are looking for and we will find them. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Explore your recruitment options

Supported by Directors of Service who work directly for our social work delivery arm, Sanctuary Executive not only knows the best leaders in the market but has worked in partnership with them.

Our relationship with this elite community of professionals, who have proved themselves at executive level, places us in a unique position to match any permanent or interim vacancy with the ideal candidate.

Submit an Executive Job

​We speak to those leading social services daily and, in many cases, have worked directly with the executives that we can recommend for your service. We know their exact leadership style, the specific experience they have and what they are looking for in their next career move, even if they are not actively seeking a new opportunity. We are that close to them and you could be too...Simply fill in the form below:​

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Executive Staffing Solutions

There’s a reason why the most senior hiring managers tasked with recruiting social work professionals at the top-end of their career choose us as a resourcing partner. It’s simple. We place people first. Our executive-level social care consultants offer an award-winning service. A service that values and understands the complex and sensitive nature of social work. The high-level - and often high-profile - professionals we place, trust us to find them extremely suitable positions. For our clients, this means we can recruit the right person, for the right role, every time. We do this whilst operating one of the most robust candidate-checking and compliance processes in our sector. Explore your resourcing options At Sanctuary Executive, we understand that a placement is only ever successful if both the employer and candidate are completely happy; that their expectations have been met. Employers who choose to appoint Sanctuary Executive appreciate this. They trust us to find them just the right person for their senior-level opening. Interim management solutionsWe know and respect the skills and past successes of the executive staff who we seek to recruit for you. We also know that, for an executive to fulfil their role,their leadership style can be just as important as their credentials.Our ability to match an individual executive’s capabilities with the specific needs of our clients has added significant value to local authorities across the UK and the reputation of their social services. The senior interims we have placed have successfully supported local authorities, whether this is in times of crisis, with complete restructures or simply the day-to-day running of services. This has included intervention support, implementing transformation projects and supporting authorities in the transition to one single directory across children’s and adult services.Permanent social work recruitmentOur 360-degree permanent social work recruitment process is an attractive option for local authorities looking to outsource the entire recruitment process ofsenior level social work professionals. We’ll even manage the interview process for you and take care of any additional onboarding requirements. Our service is always tailored to your individual needs.  Want to find out more? Contact us today!

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Sanctuary Executive Frameworks

We are proud to say that Sanctuary is a highly respected specialist recruiter of social work professionals. We have the largest social work resource in the UK. Robust, safe recruitment that places fully compliant, highly qualified experienced social work professionals, is at the heart of everything we do.We are preferred suppliers to more than 180 public sector organisations. This includes over 160 local authorities. On the MSTAR2 national framework, clients procure us as a managed service provider to look after the recruitment of their interim social work staff, including senior interim managers.In addition, we place social work professionals in carefully matched roles at Cafcass, the NSPCC, SSAFA and private organisations. We are also on the three main NHS frameworks; Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) and HealthTrust Europe.Staffing solutions with integrityThe safe recruitment procedures we have put in place to meet the needs of the frameworks we are on, means that we are driving further integrity into the recruitment process. Our systems to provide a real-time window into resourcing needs. Our cloud-based timesheet and expense processing, payroll and contract management system is one of the most streamlined in the market.

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International Staffing for Senior Executives

It has never been easier to gain access to highly experienced executive social work professionals in the UK.As one of the UK’s leading health and social care recruiters, we are often invited by other English-speaking countries to recruit executive-level candidates for overseas projects.Why choose Sanctuary Executive?We will always find you the right senior social work professional to deliver your project. Our community of highly experienced team managers and service managers offer an innovative outlook on coherent practice improvement. They share best practice with you and identify practical ways to sustain positive change within your organisation and local communities. The overseas projects we recruit for vary in length and scope – some clients simply want to recruit a single professional. Others require an entire team. There’s no need to worry about the practicalities either. We assist our candidates with relocation and obtaining all the relevant right-to-work documentation.To discover how we can help you, contact us!

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Senior Interim Staffing

There is nothing short-term about a legacyOur ability to resource senior leaders as well as scalable delivery teams has helped take local authorities out of intervention while leaving a legacy for future success.We are proud to say, the interim managers we place, support local authorities during exceptional times of need. Strategically positioned, our locum senior social work professionals are adept at supporting local authorities during times of crisis or with complete restructures. Equally, they are content with simply running services on a day-to-day basis. Sanctuary Executive’s approachWe understand our executive-level candidate backgrounds; their individual management style, expertise and what they are looking for in their next career move, even if they are not actively applying for a new job. This gives us a greater understanding of their strengths and weaknesses beyond standard recruitment referencing. Most importantly, this gives you access to a specific targeted talent pool – one that is unknown to other agencies.We know and respect the skills and past successes of the executive professionals we diligently place with you. We also understand that, for an executive to fulfil their role, their leadership style can be just as important as their credentials. We match an individual's capabilities with the specific needs of our clients. This includes intervention support, implementing transformation projects and supporting local authorities in the transition to one single directory across children’s and adult services.Added value resourcing We also believe in being fair and transparent. Sanctuary Executive’s search and selection service is free; fees are only charged when you recruit one of the candidates we have put forward.To begin the process, submit a vacancy.

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Executive Staffing - Permanent

Our permanent executive-level social work recruitment process will find you the most able candidate; not the most available. Microscopic approachWe appreciate that just because somebody has delivered an outstanding project at one local authority, doesn’t automatically make them the right fit for your organisation. We understand there are many factors to consider. Our highly experienced consultants take great care to understand the intricacies of your organisation; the challenges you face and the opportunities for change. Our reachOur reach spans all levels of management, including highly experienced:Deputy Chief Executives Directors of Children’s ServicesDirectors of Adult Social Care Assistant DirectorsHeads of ServiceService ManagersThat means your vacancy is guaranteed to reach the people you are looking to attract.We skilfully account manage the entire process, with both employer and potential employee, giving you back the gift of time and peace-of-mind that you are doing everything you can to attract the right talent. Screening and assessmentMuch more than a recruitment partner, we greatly assist with the entire selection process. As part of our search and selection process, we can resource and manage assessment days tailored to your specific requirements, including the provision of psychometric assessors. Your organisation’s representatives are a crucial part of the recruitment process, ensuring the right impression is made and employment needs are understood by those attending. We can help you achieve the greatest understanding of a candidate’s capabilities and recruit the right executive for your local authority.Value added pricingWith traditional recruitment methods, reaching the right people, of the required volume can be very expensive. But with our permanent recruitment service, it’s completely free, with a fee only payable when you recruit one of the practitioners we supply. That provides you with a completely risk-free opportunity to instruct us to help you in your quest to find inspirational leaders who will make a real difference.To begin the process, submit a vacancy.​

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