Salary: £83998 – £92932

Shift hours: Full Time

In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes.  

Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to children who are looked after, are leaving care or adopted.  

The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families.  It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on strengthening and keeping families together. 

Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does.  We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support and high challenge.

Coventry is passionate about creating something special, where families are valued, where risks are managed with the family, and where families are empowered and enabled to do it differently.

We believe that families are the experts into their own lives, and we want to embrace this and create change through this; by taking the lead in their plans, in their support package and in decision making.

Building a service based on relationship and restorative based practice in line with our Signs of Safety methodology and the family valued model enables children services to only intervene when it has to, enabling the opportunity for the family to have more control.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

Coventry City Council Childrens Services is a service that values its employees and had a great understanding of the needs of our communities, and a shared ambition to strengthen its offer to children and families. We want to deliver services that children and families will benefit from; this role will play a huge part in making this happen.

Following the promotion of the current post-holder, we are looking for an Assistant Director to join us as the Strategic Lead for Help and Protection.

Within this senior role you will have delegated authority from the Director of Children’s Services for the management of functional areas across our Help and Protection system.

This includes management and delivery of Coventry City Council Children’s Services Early Help offer, including hubs, youth Work, Troubled families, Family Drugs and Alcohol Court (FDAC), CSE and Missing young peoples services, Youth Offending Service, Coventry City Councils children’s protection services, including Child in Need teams, Child Protection Social work teams responsive services, including the MASH and the Emergency Duty Team.

You will have responsibility for improving quality and outcomes and for ensuring performance and quality is maintained across Help and Protection Services.

You will operate as the strategic safeguarding lead, supporting and enabling strategic partnership working with other agencies, including through the Safeguarding Partnership, in relation to developing and improving early help outcomes and delivering effective safeguarding joint working reducing the incidence and effect of harm.

You will develop collaborative arrangements with Police, education and health services to achieve improvements in outcomes to maximise and achieve children and young people, achievement, health and life chances through the Children and young people plan. Working within the initiatives to better align or connect services and community organisations to support children, young people, parents and carers to help themselves.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an inspirational leader who has ambition that matches Coventry City Council Children’s Services, to join us at this exciting moment and time of change, to be part of Children’s Services development to the next level. The challenges are big, but the opportunities are great!

You will be a robust decision maker who is great at clarifying goals, can positively challenge colleagues and turn ideas into a reality.

You will be able to demonstrate a track record in leading shaping and improving services. You will be a proven senior leader who understands what good service looks like.

Coventry City Council aims to have a workforce that represents the diverse communities we serve, embracing and utilising the broadest range of skills, experience and perspectives this brings.

In return we offer up to 32 days annual leave plus bank holidays, an excellent pension with employer contribution rate of 9.90% and a range of employee benefits.

  • Salary: £83,998 – £92,932 per annum 
  • Flexible Working
  • Relocation Package: If you are joining us from a distance, we will contribute up to an £8,000 relocation package toward expenses and costs which includes estate agent commission, legal fees, removal expenses and lodging allowance
  • Life Assurance: 3X your annual salary
  • Pension Scheme: An incomparable, very attractive and high valued local salary pension scheme offered to all permanent staff
  • MyCar Scheme: Generous discount offers leasing on a selection of over 1000 cars

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled ‘Coventry City Council Application Process’

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There’s a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you’re happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We’ve created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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Location: Birmingham, B4 6NQ