Safeguarding Unit Manager - Safeguarding Children Partnership

North Yorkshire Children's Partnership are seeking a Safeguarding Unit Manager to get the very best outcomes for young people in North Yorkshire.

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Welcome and thank you for your interest in this unique strategic partnership role.

We are looking for a Safeguarding Unit Manager with the vision, leadership and drive to meet and deliver the challenges head on as well as someone who can work successfully with the Clinical Commissioning Group, Police and wider Partnerships along with senior management. This is a highly influential role in helping to ensure we achieve the very best outcomes for the young people within our County.

The core focus of this role is be a strategic partnership leader and influencer. The post holder who reports directly to the Director of Children and Young People's Service is responsible for the leadership of a dedicated Safeguarding Unit which meets the key statutory function whilst also supporting and driving delivery of the priorities ensuring effective joined up services for children and families who are involved in safeguarding systems, by enhancing quality control, delivering direct Partnership services, innovating Partnership approaches and improved planning and reviewing. The operational management of the unit is through the Unit Manager, ensuring that the post holder has the capacity and support to deliver our strategic imperatives.

You will do this by strategically managing and integrating the functions to ensure that the work impacts on and influences outcomes for children and you will formally manage the Local Authority Designated Officer for allegations against staff and volunteers.

We are resolutely committed to delivering the best possible services for our children, the majority of whom feel safe and supported - they go to good or outstanding schools and are given the best life chances. However, we know this is not the case for every child, and that is why this role is so vitally important.

Our focus for the young people of North Yorkshire is to continue to develop our whole life and whole system services, working closely with all our partner organisations, especially with the Clinical Commissioning Group and police sectors. We are looking for a passionate leader who is ambitious for young people in North Yorkshire, with a relentless focus on driving improvements, ensuring best practice, a full understanding of safeguarding issues, and can form collaborative partnerships and influence key stakeholders.

You will be approachable and have the skills to truly lead your service by example calling upon problem solving skills with a deep sense of moral purpose that ignites ambition of your colleagues yet also for the children and families you will support. You will have highly practiced investigatory skills that enable you to be forensic in your approach to dealing with safeguarding issues. You are highly knowledgeable about safeguarding children having worked directly in a relevant capacity and as a result you can work through complexity with clarity, you can manage risk and concisely report key finding to stakeholders. 

The key objectives of the North Yorkshire Children and Young People's Safeguarding Board are set out in our Being Young in North Yorkshire plan.

You will find that the role will provide you with the kind of professional challenge and complexity you will naturally aspire to as an ambitious leader. You will be joining a senior management and partnership team that supports each other, and looks to work at all times in a collaborative manner. This is a truly self-fulfilling unique opportunity where you will have the autonomy to flourish. 
As we continue to plan for the transition to form a new council for North Yorkshire, this is a great opportunity to be at the forefront of this exciting union, and deeper ability to strength approaches to safeguarding children.

North Yorkshire is a special place, it is a great County with people and businesses who are proud to live here, proud of what they do and of who they are; the people who work for and represent the Council and the Safeguarding Partnership Board are just the same. We are passionate about the place that we work in and the people for whom we work and our children are at the centre of everything we do. We are proud about what we have achieved; confident about the services that we provide and ambitious for the future.

We want you to work to live not live to work, we want you to have time for the things in life that really matter to you - this is really important to us. We hope that this opportunity is available at the right time for you to step into an opportunity to make a difference to children's live, enabling them to thrive in this great county.

I hope this gives you a good understanding of what we are aiming to achieve for our children and young people, and I look forward to receiving your application. After speaking with our resourcing partners, I encourage further conversations to explore this opportunity further.

Stuart Carlton - Corporate Director, Children and Young People’s Service.

Following a consultation with the relevant agencies it was agreed that the new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements for North Yorkshire would be as set out in The Children and Social Work Act (2017) and Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2018). This removed the statutory requirement for North Yorkshire to have a Local Safeguarding Children Board and instead, North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) undertakes the work formerly assumed by the North Yorkshire Children’s Trust and North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board. It includes three statutory safeguarding partners in North Yorkshire as follows:

  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups

The statutory function of our North Yorkshire Board is to co-ordinate and embed safeguarding practice within organisations across multi-sector, whilst also ensuring effectiveness of practice and with the aim of ensuring all children in North Yorkshire are safe, happy, healthy and achieving.

It also provides independent scrutiny of practice, policy and procedures across the county, scrutinising and challenging to ensure practice is reviewed from all angles, seeking assurance to ensure all partners have adequate and robust safeguarding procedures. 

Role: Safeguarding Unit Manager
Location: Flexible / Hybrid, (1-2 days per week office based in Northallerton, however with the flexibility required to travel to offices / partners across North Yorkshire)
Salary: SM1 - £50,183 to £58,379 pro rata per annum + up to £8,000 relocation support
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Open to applications on either a part-time or full-time basis

Whilst in North Yorkshire we live and work in a beautiful place, the county fully recognises that behind this image are life experiences for some children and young people which are far less attractive. Not only do we know that but we also commit on a partnership basis to changing that current reality. Building from historic strengths, the recruitment to this key post working closely with the Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services, is a significantly important opportunity to enhance partnership working. 

We are resolute in our commitment to Safeguarding and part of this commitment is to ensure we have in place a robust approach that can independently scrutinise our approach and practice.

What you will bring

  • Significant experience of children’s safeguarding either through the Police / Social Care or Clinical Commissioning Group sectors (or similar).
  • An oversight of the partnership arrangements ensuring effective safeguarding.
  • Rigor of investigating Multi-Agency Child Exploitation (MACE) and Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) with the ability to hold individuals to account seeing through complexity and risk.
  • Able to manage and identify risk, challenge, simplify and articulate in a clear way around these issues ensuring a strategic colleague and partnership approach.
  • You will be a safeguarding focused leader, with a clear vision of success you will have a passion for significant challenges and a track record of delivering highly respected robust safeguarding service.
  • You possess exceptional influencing skills, are innovative and forward thinking to identify opportunities and help drive a culture of continuous safeguarding improvement.
  • Conducting yourself in a way befitting our culture; you act with integrity, leading by example, with enthusiasm and strong ambition.
  • You are able to make an instant impact in a high profile, demanding and complex environment, with clarity of focus.
  • A dynamic, proactive organised individual who is an excellent communicator - both verbally and written, with ability to forge strong business partnerships, motivating and empowering others.

Living in North Yorkshire...

North Yorkshire is a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. 

Photographs of Whitby Abbey and Ribblehead Viaduct.North Yorkshire natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators; 

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness).

Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

Photographs of Malham Cove and the sunset from Scarborough beach.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.  

In addition the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London/ Edinburgh just two hours away by train. 

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer.

As a whole North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location.

Great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools, which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

We are strong performing authority, with stable political leadership, and talented teams providing the platform to have a fulfilling, challenging and successful career in a truly stunning place.

A recent Local Government Association peer challenge found that North Yorkshire County Council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. 

We positively encourage flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a wide variety of locations. 

In addition to your salary we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. From career average employer contribution pension scheme, green car and cycle schemes, travel loans, shopping and gym discounts to name but a few you can find more information on the range of benefits we offer within our  Total Rewards brochure (pdf / 382 KB).

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Key dates

  • Closing Date: Sunday 15 May at midnight
  • Shortlisting Date: Friday 20 May
  • Interview Date: Monday 6 June (in person at the offices of North Yorkshire County Council, Northallerton)

Contact us

We welcome you to contact Penny Keatings on or Leanne Auton on to arrange an informal and confidential conversation regarding the role.

After an initial conversation, we can arrange a further conversation with Stuart Carlton (Corporate Director, Children and Young People’s Service) should you wish.


To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to Leanne Auton at as soon as possible.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview. Please also provide details of your current salary and notice period.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer. Learn more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work here.

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