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Assistant Director - Integrated Children's Services Area Lead - North Kent

Role Responsibility

The role of the Integrated Children’s Services (ICS) Area Assistant Director, is to provide strategic leadership in one of four geographical areas.  You will be responsible for partnership working as well as social work and intensive early help practice and performance in line with Kent’s vision for the delivery of Integrated Children’s Services. The ICS Area Assistant Director leads a coordinated and seamless offer to families, identifying needs early, putting in place the right services at the right time and, where possible, preventing needs from escalating.

An exciting opportunity has opened up for the ICS Area Assistant Director for North Kent (Swale, Gravesham and Dartford).

The services managed directly by this post include Early Help Intensive Units, Children’s Social Work and Children in Care Teams.  The Assistant Director will oversee the offer within their geographical area, including how their services work alongside wider internal and external Children’s Services, to ensure a robust and joined up model of support.   

In March 2017, KCC Children’s Services were rated as Good and the Area Assistant Director plays a key strategic and operational role in our drive to become Outstanding. The successful candidate will be a qualified and registered social worker with a significant experience in managing children’s social work teams. They will understand the importance of working within a statutory framework and recognise the benefits of good preventative and early intervention work. 

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and registration as a qualified Social Worker with Social Work England.  

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.  

As part of the interview process for this role you may be required to complete additional testing. 

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for 10th July 2020.

Contact Details

For further information on this role please contact Siobhan Austin on 03000 417743 or email



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