Children, Education and skills

Newcastle upon Tyne

Service Improvement Lead - Children in Care



Full time

£42,821 - £46,845 per annum

Are you an experienced and creative changemaker? Are you committed to improving outcomes for children in care? Do you want an employer who will support you to have the career that is right for you?

If this is you - then Newcastle City Council is the place for you!

We are looking for an experienced Service Improvement Lead who can lead on our ambitious transformation plans to improve outcomes for children in our care. An exceptional social worker with a wealth of experience you will champion the experience of our children in care. Working closely with our child in care teams you will develop creative and innovative policy, practice and new ways of working to support service improvement that makes a difference to the lives of our children in care.

This is an exciting time to join us. Through our work as part of the DFE’s Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme (read about our work with the DfE and Leeds City Council) we are implementing the Family Valued approach across our service and city to transform how we work with children, families and partners. Family Valued is a relational and restorative approach to services, focussing on strengths and values.

In Newcastle you will find an open and supportive workplace culture. To support you we offer a comprehensive range of training and professional opportunities, overseen by our Social Work Centre of Excellence, that evolves and develops to meet the needs of our workforce at every stage of their career.

In addition, you will receive:

• A dedicated 5-day induction

• Generous annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually

• A range of flexible working options

• A generous Flexi Scheme

• Access to wellbeing initiatives

• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme

• Access to home electronics and car leasing schemes

• Generous relocation package.

You can hear more about what it is like to work at Newcastle and read our working principles at Or you can speak with our Principal Advisor for Children’s Social Care Kim Brown on 0191 211 5577.

Do you think you have what it takes to join our team of excellent and dedicated social work professionals? Apply today.

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. If you are successful we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.

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Closing date:

18 March 2021

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