Head of Children's Services Academy & Workforce Development

Knaphill,Surrey,United Kingdom
£61,463 - £69,514 Per Year
08 May 2022 13:08
05 Jun 2022 23:59
Job Level
Head of
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Children's Services Academy & Workforce Development

The starting salary for this role is from £61,463 per annum, working 36 hours per week.

Do you want to really make a difference to children, young people and families in Surrey?

Do you have a passion for driving high quality learning and development?

Are you a relationship builder and experienced in working collaboratively to deliver shared learning opportunities?

The Surrey Children's Services Academy (SCSA) works in partnership to recruit, develop and retain a highly skilled and stable workforce to provide the best care and support to children, young people and families in Surrey. The SCSA has developed a comprehensive training and learning offer to support staff and partners grow and develop. Surrey County Council has a strong commitment to high quality learning and providing a sophisticated development infrastructure, which the SCSA has laid solid foundations for. This is where you come in…

As Head of Children Services Academy & Workforce Development, you will build on the progress made, driving forward the Academy vision and embedding a culture of learning and development within Surrey. This is a key role leading a service who are passionate about helping others to reach their potential. In addition to this you will work collaboratively with partners to identify and deliver shared learning opportunities. You will raise awareness, champion innovation, and promote the value of the Academy and its impact on staff and practice, highlighting the importance of having a strong learning and development culture.

Your professional leadership will be critical in ensuring that collectively we promote and work to the highest standards of professional, management and leadership practice across Children, Families and Lifelong Learning. You will have the proven ability to build and maintain strong and purposeful working relationships with a range of partners (internal and external), working co-productively to ensure that everyone working with children and their families has the opportunity to develop their skills, learning and career so that we can provide the best possible support to children, young people and families.

To be shortlisted for this position, your application will clearly evidence:

  • Experience in the planning, delivery and commissioning of learning and development programmes for practitioners, managers, and leaders of local authority children's' services or similar
  • Wide experience in the successful leading, motivating, coaching, mentoring, and development of staff
  • Strong collaborative working skills and the ability to provide verbal and written briefings for senior managers and Elected Members
  • Detailed knowledge of professional standards relevant to the children's workforce.
  • A keen understanding of issues impacting on effective working relationships across agency boundaries and a proven track record of working effectively on shared objectives with key partner agencies
  • Ability to manage a budget successfully

We look forward to hearing from you if you have the skills, passion and ambition that matches this role.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 22/05/2022.

Interview dates to be confirmed.

An Enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) will be required for this role.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Luke Entwistle, Assistant Director Quality Relationships by e-mail at .

We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.