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Head of Service Head of Quality Assurance, Inspection and Safeguarding Unit

Salary: Up To £72,251 Per Year Location: North West Sector: Local Authority Job Type: Permanent Type of Service: Children's

Head of Service: Head of Quality Assurance, Inspection and Safeguarding Unit

£65,909 - £72,251

Hampton’s Resourcing are working on behalf of Lancashire County Council to recruit for the Head of Quality Assurance, Inspection and Safeguarding Unit

If you are driven and determined with a successful track record around auditing, inspection and safeguarding we would like to hear from you.

Lancashire are on a fast improvement journey with exciting developments and investment in the service and this is an excellent time to join a team moving at pace.


  • You will report directly to the Executive Director with professional input from the Director of Children’s Social Care.
  • You will be responsible for delivering sustainable performance with lasting outcomes for children and young people, with strong social care intervention at the forefront.
  • You will deliver the children’s service vision to ensure children, young people and their families are safe, healthy and achieve their full potential.


  • Co-ordination of audit and reporting on audits. Such audits may be social care or special educational needs or any such audit as falls within the realms of the directorate.
  • Oversight and support of the Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership and pan directorate children’s partnerships.
  • Lead on preparation for inspections and peer reviews and contribute with other Directors and Heads of Service in the drawing together of the directorate self-assessment.
  • Client side for social care data with a view to in the future supporting the co-ordination of data management for the directorate.
  • Management of independent reviewing officers and professional oversight of specialist teams that may be delegated to area teams on a day to day basis.
  • Co-ordination of the strategic planning of business support and other data managers and administrative staff across the directorate.
  • Use significant levels of judgement, lead on the design and delivery of business plans to resolve service issues or achieve service improvements.  Including innovative and creative thinking, detailed analysis and evaluative skills, assessment or risks, initiating/scoping improvement projects and leading on the design and delivery of objectives.
  • Leading the delivery of service objectives to meet internal/external customer needs, to inform multi-agency initiatives and to facilitate management decision making which will have medium to long term effects on the service.
  • Effective leadership and management at a senior level of a diverse workforce to support excellence in service delivery.  Leading, developing and promoting a culture of continuous professional development for all staff at each level.
  • Develop and implement strategic business plans in line with the core purpose and objectives of Children's Social Care.
  • Leadership of and mitigation against significant risk within Children's Social Care.
  • Ensure robust systems are in place to maintain and produce accurate and timely data required for statutory compliance, monitoring against performance standards and evaluation of service delivery.
  • Support the evolution of the children's safeguarding assurance partnerships.
  • Act as link officer for Ofsted inspection on children's social care.
  • Positively engage with partners and stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes for children and families.  Successfully influencing key decision makers at senior levels, both internal and external to the Council.
  • Advise the Council's Management Team and Elected Members on appropriate strategies and policies required to deliver the job purpose. A good understanding of the political context at regional and local level and working in a constructive and sensitive way.
  • Successful financial management including prioritisation within decreasing resources.

For a confidential discussion please contact Daniel Careless on 01926353999 or email

Hampton's Resourcing prides itself on creating opportunities for Social Care Senior Managers to challenge themselves to continually develop their skills and experience. Our aim is to consistently find work for the most talented individuals within Children's and Adults Social Care services, across the UK