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Head of Service - MASH Out of Hours Assessment and Safeguarding

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Job Title - Head of MASH, Out of Hours Assessment Safeguarding

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.

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’


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.  
  • To ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of service plans, policies, projects and frameworks within Children’s Social Care, including the interpretation of national policy guidance and application are in line with strategic priorities.
  • To ensure that Liverpool’s child protection procedures and standards are implemented, and that consistent compliance is maintained and that any barriers to compliance or improvement are reported to Liverpool’s Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.         
  • To be actively involved in the work of Liverpool’s Safeguarding Children’s Partnership, acting as lead representative on various groups/panels both locally and regionally. 
  • Act as Strategic Practice Lead for CASS, MASH and Out of hours services city wide and for Assessment and Safeguarding delivery in the south of the city.
  • Chair the Legal Gatekeeping Panel making decisions as to whether a child should enter pre-proceedings or whether care proceedings should be initiated and hold regular reviews of cases within pre-proceedings ensuring that set timescales are adhered to.


Our offer to you 


  • 31 days annual leave, rising to 35 days- option to purchase further day.
  • 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 -  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 



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


This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and up to date registration with Social Work England as a qualified Social Worker.

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.

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

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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