Assistant Director Help & Protection

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
Salary: £94,017

Sefton is a confident and connected borough which embraces the best of both worlds. Spanning the busy Port of Liverpool, the famous Antony Gormley ‘Another Place’ installation at Crosby, attractive beaches and dunes, the distinct communities of Formby and Maghull, and the Victorian resort town of Southport, the diversity of the borough provides a unique mix of urban and natural settings.


Children’s services in Sefton is undergoing a transformation with pace and purpose, backed up by outstanding political support and a significant investment in our workforce.   This improvement journey is part of Sefton’s broader strategic vision to create a confident and connected borough where our children and young people can access excellent early help, outstanding nurseries and schools, and high-quality apprenticeships and vocational training – leading to fulfilling jobs and careers.

It is an exciting time for the borough with the appointment of a new Chief Executive and Executive Director for Children’s Services and Education, and we are now seeking to build the team within children’s social care with the key appointment of an Assistant Director, Help and Protection.   The role manages vital operational services such as the MASH, assessment teams, targeted early help, children with disabilities, and the emergency duty team, and we are therefore seeking experienced managers with a track record of success in a relevant service, who share our values and are committed to working systemically with families and collaboratively across the borough. You must be committed to recognising that children are best placed within their families and that effective early intervention is key. You must also help deliver the very best care for those children who need to live away from their families and recognise the full extent of your corporate parenting duties.

As an effective strategic leader with a strong background in practice improvement, you will help drive our transformation, developing the potential of your teams and enabling them to manage risk effectively.  Our aim is to create a performance and accountability culture that drives up standards and achieves outcomes.

You must be a qualified social worker and offer evidence of personal and professional development, but just as important will be your determination to deliver excellent services that will protect, support, and develop our most vulnerable children and young people.


For more information please download the role pack and role profile below, or contact Luke Judd at Starfish on 07435 270659 or via

Role Profile     Candidate Pack    

Search closes                  
3 August

Longlist technical interviews    
21 August and 23 August (pm)

Final interviews with Members 
7 September