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Head of Care Experience and Corporate Parenting

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Job Introduction

Right to work within the UK – unfortunately at this time we cannot provide working visas or sponsorship for overseas workers.

Job Title Head of Care Experience and Corporate Parenting

Salary £80,712 – £84,842

Location Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool 


A bit about us 

Liverpool is home to vibrant, energetic and engaged communities, people who take real ownership of their local area and are passionate about making our city a better place. We've got ambitious targets to meet by 2025 and we need people who are driven, dynamic and ready to deliver the very best for our communities.   Public service is more important than ever, and this role represents a real opportunity to make a difference to our communities by transforming the way we work and placing our residents at the heart of everything we do.  

Working at Liverpool City Council provides an opportunity to contribute to your community and make a positive impact on the lives of residents. Our values shape how we work to deliver public services, and how we communicate with the residents we serve. We care about the best outcomes for local people, through our public services. 

We are proud of our world-famous thriving city with it’s rich culture, as well as affordable housing, good schools, beautiful green spaces – there’s really something for everyone!

Liverpool Children’s Services have high ambitions and are on an improvement journey to become outstanding.  We have an inspirational leadership team who have a fresh vision, dedicated to driving practice forward.  It’s an exciting time to join us and be part of that change. 


The role 

  • Provide strategic leadership for a range of statutory children’s social care services, ensuring that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is paramount.  
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of an annual business plan by ensuring effective performance management, including identification of risk and capacity issues across the held portfolio of services.  
  • Take lead responsibility for the development and implementation of specific projects within Children’s Social Care in accordance with the Directorate’s and Council’s strategic priorities and manage all communication and risk issues.  
  • To ensure that the corporate parenting principles are embedded and the statutory responsibilities to children in care are met across children’s social care.
  • Act as the senior representative on the regional adoption agency’s Operational Board providing support and challenge to drive continuous improvement and ensure that sufficiency of adopters is achieved. 
  • To take a lead role in the Corporate Parenting Board by working with the Lead Member for Children’s Social Care, ensuring that the work programme is reflective of the key issues and needs of children and young people in care. 
  • To work with colleagues to ensure that the Council’s sufficiency duty is met, and children and young people experience safe and stable placements and accommodation. 
  • You will have the drive and passion to deliver excellent services and improve practice quality standards, to ensure a positive difference and brighter future for our children and young people and their families/carers.
  • Act as Responsible Individual for Council run children’s homes and the Fostering Service and be accountable and meet the Ofsted requirements of this role.     

Our offer to you 

  • At least 31 days holiday rising to 35 after 5 years service.- option to purchase further days
  • Agile working - A “Flexibility First” approach to Agile working where flexibility is the norm rather than the exception.
  • Part of the Local Government Pension scheme – option to join the AVC scheme.
  • Progression - opportunities and training through a wide range of high quality ..learning
  • Health and Wellbeing - offer including Employee assistance programme.
  • Cycle to Work and Travel Pass Schemes 
  • Drive Time – a salary sacrifice car lease scheme
  • Family friendly policies with enhanced leave  
  • Discounted Gym Memberships 
  • Employee Volunteering Scheme
  • Medicash  

Next steps: 

Closing Date is: 21st July 2024

Interview Date is: 7th August 2024


If you would like any further information or an informal discussion, please contact Harriet Cadman Recruitment and Retention Improvement Lead – 

Closing Date is: 21st July 2024

Interviews will be held:29th July 2024. 

Jenny Turnross, our Corporate Director warmly invites your application;

‘This is a really exciting time to join us in our improvement journey, we are truly committed to be the best Children’s Services and employer of choice, so come and join us and be part of our forward and innovative vision for our children and young people’ 

Liverpool City Council is committed to fostering a workforce representative of the communities we serve. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we believe in appointing candidates based on their skills, experience, qualifications, and abilities. To support this commitment, we guarantee an interview to candidates from under-represented groups who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role. 

If you require any reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010, such as an application form in a different format or additional time to complete your application, please contact us at 

Although we advertise on Jobs go public, and other websites, your application process will be directed to our Tribepad system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered on Tribepad, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Please check your emails regularly, including Spam/Junk, after the closing dates for notifications.  Please ensure you complete your full profile, work and education history in Tribepad. 

We reserve the right to close vacancies earlier than the specified date should we receive sufficient applications. If interested, please complete an application as early as possible.

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