Head of Service Commissioning and Placement

  • Employer: Halton Borough Council
  • Salary: £59,840 to £71,830 per annum
  • Location: Halton Borough Council
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours/Full Time
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Closing Date: 06/05/2024 at 23:55
  • Reference: CHI/24/277163

This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining Halton’s Children’s Services; we are embracing improvement and innovation through a collective response to achieving best outcomes for our children. We are ambitious and tenacious, and we are committed to working with children, young people, and their families/carers through co design and co delivery.

We are looking for an individual with a proven track record in delivering high quality strategic planning and commissioning, alongside experience of family finding for children and young people who are unable to live with their own family. We are looking for an individual who can provide inspirational, inclusive and engaging leadership within the service, ensuring that best value and ethical commissioning is at the heart of what we do.

Presence in the office is vital for this role; you will be a key leader in the organisation and relationship-based practice is essential to support our continued development and critical decision making for our children.


About You


We are looking for an individual with vision and ambition, you will have experience of leadership roles and will have built up resilience to work at a fast pace and under pressure.

You will be confident and have an inclusive leadership style with the right balance of nurture, support and challenge.

We are looking for a true leader who is able to inspire, influence, calm with an ability to build strong relationships both internally and externally. You will want the very best for children and will not settle for anything else; they will be at the centre of your thinking and decision making and you will go the extra mile to support and help them. You will have a line of sight on not just their today but also their tomorrows.

You will be confident in leading creative planning and development of data performance, recording systems and managing diverse teams in a proactive manner to achieve consistent high practice standards.

You’ll be incredibly passionate about the challenges and ambitions in consistently safeguarding children & young people in Halton to thrive and to be safe, happy, successful and healthy.


About the role


You will develop and maintain effective multi-agency partnerships, demonstrating your in-depth knowledge of commissioning and placements. As a member of the Children’s leadership team, you will ensure that all commissioning work is interconnected with wider Children’s, organisational, local, regional and national priorities and in line with joint strategic needs analysis and applicable governance requirements.

You will focus upon outcomes for children and young people within the available budget and have experience of engaging and involving the public/ service users/ people with lived experience in the review and development of services.

The role will involve working with senior managers across Early Help, Health, Youth, Children’s Social Care and Education/Inclusion to provide a holistic commissioning service and improve outcomes for our children and young people.

To ensure the best value and highest quality services for our Children and Young People of Halton, you will lead the commissioning of services and resource allocation to drive change, securing improved outcomes for children and young people to meet the needs of children across Halton including services for CYP with SEND; children looked after and care leavers.


If you have what it takes to undertake this role and are serious and passionate about our children, if you want to work with people who truly care about and want to do all they can for the children of our region, then we would love to hear from you.


For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Zoe Fearon, Executive Director of Children’s Services on 07717 516 954. To see our team and learn more about the role, click to watch the video here


Interviews will be held on Wednesday 15th May. 

At Halton Borough Council we want to ensure that our communities are represented across our workforce and a vital part of this is to encourage diversity in all respects. We are committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and tailored to best suit the needs and strength of the individual. This includes making adjustments for people with a disability, neurodiversity or with long-term health conditions. If you require accommodations, please reach out during the recruitment process so that we can make this the best possible experience for you – resourcing@halton.gov.uk

How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


This vacancy is now closed