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Director of Children and Young People’s Futures

  • Multiple Locations
  • Full Time
  • Competitive Salary + Benefits

MAKE DEVON THRIVECreating a child friendly DevonThe challengeYou’re a senior leader in Children’s Services ready for your next challenge. We’re a local authority committed to creating positive change for children and their families. Together we’ll bring about the improvements we need to create a future where everyone can thrive.Budgetary pressures, staff shortages and the aftermath of the pandemic mean many children and their families are not getting the services they need. In Devon, the situation is particularly acute. This is a large and predominantly rural county, with a population of just over 800,000 spread over some 2,500 square miles. Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, there are significant pockets of deprivation. We must improve, and urgently.Our senior leadership, headed by a new Chief Executive, and in partnership with our elected members, are committed to tackling the challenges ahead. We have the political and organisational stability, the budget and the resources to make it happen. But, if we’re to achieve the improvement in services we’re aiming for, we also need your expertise and experience. Your impact will be felt across health and social care, education and SEND services.About youTackling our unique challenges means being ready to invest in Devon as a place to live as well as a place to work. The changes you make will be decisive, but they won’t be rapid, so you must be in it for the long-haul.With a substantial track-record as a Director or Acting Director of Children’s Services, you have a solid experience of delivering measurable improvement. You combine strategic vision with the leadership skills to inspire and motivate our workforce. Above all you have a commitment to making a positive impact for those children most in need of protection and care – and you’ll be ready to take a tough stance to fight for them.Make a difference. Make Devon Thrive.ApplyDevon County Council embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon.For further information or to answer any questions about the role, please visit joindevon.co.uk  or speak to our executive search partners GatenbySanderson: Seb Lowe (07464 543442) or Rebecca Hopkin (07827 098 173).Closing date: 20th February 2023To view the job description and person specification, please scroll to the bottom of the page, tick to agree to the privacy policy, then click 'Continue to full details'.How to ApplyPlease submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.Detail any employment or education gaps.Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.comContactThe following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.Contact:Seb LoweTelephone:07464 543 442Contact:Rebecca HopkinTelephone:07827 098 173Contact:Gillian YoungTelephone:01908230265      

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Director of Children and Young People’s Futures

  • Multiple Locations
  • Full Time
  • Competitive Salary + Benefits

MAKE DEVON THRIVECreating a child friendly DevonThe challengeYou’re a senior leader in Children’s Services ready for your next challenge. We’re a local authority committed to creating positive change for children and their families. Together we’ll bring about the improvements we need to create a future where everyone can thrive.Budgetary pressures, staff shortages and the aftermath of the pandemic mean many children and their families are not getting the services they need. In Devon, the situation is particularly acute. This is a large and predominantly rural county, with a population of just over 800,000 spread over some 2,500 square miles. Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, there are significant pockets of deprivation. We must improve, and urgently.Our senior leadership, headed by a new Chief Executive, and in partnership with our elected members, are committed to tackling the challenges ahead. We have the political and organisational stability, the budget and the resources to make it happen. But, if we’re to achieve the improvement in services we’re aiming for, we also need your expertise and experience. Your impact will be felt across health and social care, education and SEND services.About youTackling our unique challenges means being ready to invest in Devon as a place to live as well as a place to work. The changes you make will be decisive, but they won’t be rapid, so you must be in it for the long-haul.With a substantial track-record as a Director or Acting Director of Children’s Services, you have a solid experience of delivering measurable improvement. You combine strategic vision with the leadership skills to inspire and motivate our workforce. Above all you have a commitment to making a positive impact for those children most in need of protection and care – and you’ll be ready to take a tough stance to fight for them.Make a difference. Make Devon Thrive.ApplyDevon County Council embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon.For further information or to answer any questions about the role, please visit joindevon.co.uk  or speak to our executive search partners GatenbySanderson: Seb Lowe (07464 543442) or Rebecca Hopkin (07827 098 173).Closing date: 20th February 2023To view the job description and person specification, please scroll to the bottom of the page, tick to agree to the privacy policy, then click 'Continue to full details'.How to ApplyPlease submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.Detail any employment or education gaps.Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.Check that your contact details are correct before you submit. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com ContactThe following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.Contact:Seb LoweTelephone:07464 543 442Contact:Rebecca HopkinTelephone:07827 098 173Contact:Gillian YoungTelephone:01908230265      

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Trust Education Welfare and Inclusion Lead - Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust

  • Multiple Locations
  • Full Time
  • Grade H, SCP 34 - 37: £40,478 - £43,516

There are 18 schools within The Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, 3 secondary ,14 primary schools and an all through specialist SEMH free school. Your main place of work will be Okehampton but you may be required to work across all the schools within The Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust at any time as directed by the Executive Team. There will also be an opportunity to spend some time home working.   This job description is not a comprehensive definition of the post. Discussions will take place on a regular basis to clarify individual responsibilities within the general framework and character of the post as identified below.  Job Purpose: The postholder will be a key member of the Trust’s social justice and inclusion team at early help level to support school leaders so that they can improve student attendance, punctuality and engagement. You will support the drive for high quality and authentic relational practice in all our settings.  Ideally, you will come from a background in education, social care or health with experience of working with families and young people who are distressed and struggling with the education system, working at early help level to support schools to dramatically reduce suspensions and eliminate Permanent Exclusions.. We are looking for an experienced professional preferably  from an  educational or allied background with a proven and demonstrable record of success in securing improvements in outcomes for often complex children and young people. Candidates should be able to demonstrate empathy, compassion and relational solution focused approaches to working with children and  families. You will need to be a graduate with a degree in teaching, social work or a health related field; OT, nursing etc Main Responsibilities: •            The post holder will be accountable to the Director of Social Justice , but will work closely with the Directors of  Education and Inclusion as well as the Principals and teams in our 18 schools. •            Support and embed  Trust strategy holding schools to account in their delivery and aims for attendance including punctuality and truancy/internal truancy. •            Routinely monitor the attendance and engagement of vulnerable students and students who are known to be poor attenders/truants and work with school leaders and attendance officers to identify patterns, trends and anomalies in data identifying and sharing best practice for improvement..   •            Work with other agencies to provide appropriate services for children and young people, including leading on Early Help responses relating to cases of disengagement and unacceptable absence and ensuring that schools make timely referrals to children's social care, educational psychologists, the careers service etc. where relevant  •            Support schools to establish and maintain positive and constructive relationships with families/carers who require more help because their child’s attendance and/or engagement is a concern. This could include daily telephone communication, regular meetings, presence at the school and home visits.  •            Where appropriate,  gather supporting evidence to recommend legal proceedings in cases of irregular school attendance, lead legal meetings and prepare reports and to give evidence in Court.  •            When required, prepare reports for the Principals and represent the Trust as required. •            Become the liaison point for those students who cannot attend the Trust’s schools regularly, to enable them to receive a high quality education via home learning provision or other off site education provision including medical education and alternative provision. •            Interpret data to inform the implementation of new strategies to assist the Trust in dealing with absence and disengagement. •            Prioritise and manage a key caseload, which will include complex cases involving disadvantaged students and those young people who are not accessing/engaging in regular education.  •            Have an understanding of the support groups, activity groups and youth groups that students or parents and carers can be referred to for supplementary support. •            Arrange for provision of, and where appropriate deliver, attendance and relational practice  related training to Trust staff, particularly attendance officers and administrators and establish and lead a community of practice for these colleagues.  •            Develop a close liaison with relevant local authorities to maximise professional working relationships, both in terms of advice and support for the Trust  •            Support, promote and model the Trust’s values and commitment to relational policy and practice and champion the use of the Graduated Response Tool as an assessment of need strategy.  •            Assist in arranging alternative education provision for students at risk of suspension/exclusion. •            Maintain thorough case notes, issue letters to parents and, if required, prepare court reports •            Take a leading role within Trust primary and secondary phase attendance and behaviour Communities of Practice. •            Attend Trust meetings as necessary and required and input as requested. Variation in the Role:  The duties specified above are not to be regarded as either exclusive or exhaustive and will be subject to periodic review. All schools in The Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and expects. To apply please complete an application form from our website: https://dartmoormat.org.uk/careers-with-us/ and submit to recruitment@dmatschools.org.uk 

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