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Assistant Director, Disabled Children and Young People

Role Responsibility

Kent is an ambitious and highly influential county and a key part of the UK economy.  With the largest population of the English counties, over 450,000 of the 1.5 million people living in Kent are under 25.

In line with our commitments to give Kent’s children the best start in life; ensure that families get the right help and support when they need it; and to ensure every young person in Kent gets the education, skills, and experiences they need for a successful future, we are looking for an Assistant Director, Disabled Children & Young People to join our leadership team.

The role

You will provide leadership to the largest disabled children and young people service in the country, managing complex service through an exciting period of change and transformation into high quality operating models. Working closely with our children, young people, and their families, you will ensure your teams are truly committed to providing ‘the best start in life’ as a minimum expectation.

Partnerships are the key to success in this role and developing our services for the future; you will embrace working with our colleagues in the health, education, and voluntary sectors to provide the very best outcomes.

This role requires vision, and you will provide clear direction to build towards a long-term plan. Whilst the demand and pressure on our services are high, you will never lose sight of where you are going. You will ensure children, young people and their families are at the centre of what we do.

About you

As a proven leader from the children’s social work, early help, education, health, or voluntary sector, you will have a real passion for delivering services and positive outcomes for people with disabilities. Working in partnership with other agencies, partners and stakeholders will be second nature to you. You will be able to innovate and transform services to meet strategic objectives whilst ensuring our children, young people and their families are at the heart of what you do.

You will be an expert in your field; able to contribute to policy creation and strategic direction ahead of turning this into operational reality. You will have the ability to communicate with confidence and compassion.

We are committed to keeping our staff healthy and well, both in and out of work. This includes helping our staff achieve a positive work/life balance by providing flexible and agile working opportunities.  A relocation package is also available subject to qualifying criteria.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Contact Details

For more information, visit, or talk to our recruitment partners Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743), Delicia Coutinho (07741 264 892) or Rachel Cox (0113 205 6068) at GatenbySanderson.

About the Company

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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