Sunderland City Council to hire four top bosses to tackle Children's Services crisis

Council leader Paul Watson
Council leader Paul Watson
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Wanted: Four new bosses who are up to the job of tackling the biggest crisis a council has ever faced.

The posts, director of social care, director of early help, director of education services and a director of performance and quality assurance, are welcoming applicants until January 18.

The council says the salaries will be based on its scales and will reflect the work which needs to be done, with a review once the voluntary trust – ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron – is formed.

The candidates chosen for the position are being recruited to work for Total Help for Children Sunderland, the new organisation being set up, with the final set up to be confirmed in the New Year.

The job advert adds the council is “seeking to appoint four ambitious managers in order to create a new senior management team to lead our improvement journey,” with the permanent recruits to start of with the council before they move over to the trust.

It adds: “By April 2016 it is our aim to be operating the service in a shadow form which will give us the time to build the wider structure that is necessary for creating a truly great children’s services.

“If you have strong leadership skills, a successful proven track record in improving services, and are passionate about creating a better future for children and young people, with the necessary drive and determination to ensure the best possible outcomes are realised for children in Sunderland, we would like to hear from you.

“This is a challenging but exciting transformation journey.

“The successful candidates will have the freedom and opportunity to bring their ideas and experience to deliver the improvement required.”

The council has said no one has been dismissed as a result of the failings highlighted by Ofsted, but some chose to leave when they realised they were not up to the job.

A year before the Ofsted report was released, the head of safeguarding and assistant head of the department were granted early retirement, while last year five social workers were sacked following concerns about their conduct.