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CAREERS - YOUR NEXT MOVE

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Anne Gulland finds out how three new directors will boost children's services at Buckinghamshire CC...
Anne Gulland finds out how three new directors will boost children's services at Buckinghamshire CC

Buckinghamshire CC is looking for three divisional directors to work in its newly-formed children's services directorate.

They will report to children's services director Sue Imbriano and, along with other colleagues, will make up her senior management team.

The new posts are: divisional director, safeguarding; divisional director, achievement and learning; and divisional director, commissioning and business support.

The divisional director, safeguarding, will work on child protection.

The divisional director, achievement and learning, will work with pupils and schools.

The third post - divisional director, business support and commissioning - will take on the function of commissioning children's services.

Successful candidates will have good managerial experience and be expected to take on complex roles. The posts attract salaries of around£80,000.

Ms Imbriano says: 'The people I'm interested in are those who want to lead and manage change of a significant magnitude within a complex organisation and with our partners.

'We see these role as being strategic - they're not just about managing people or services, they're about contributing to the corporate and strategic leadership of the authority.'

The three directors will also be expected to support Buckinghamshire's shadow children's trust, which the authority is hoping will go live in April.

Buckinghamshire is an affluent county but, like many places, has pockets of deprivation.

'Because these pockets are juxtaposed with pockets of extreme wealth, the impact can be quite severe,' says Ms Imbriano. 'We work very hard to engage all our communities.'

Buckinghamshire CC is a four-star authority and was judged in the comprehensive performance assessment to be improving well.

'We're an interesting authority and there's a lot going on here,' says Ms Imbriano. 'But we have a lot to do, and a very strong basis on which to build. We're looking at how we can respond to the needs of individual communities. We are very clear here that one size does not fit all.'

The Commission for Social Care Inspection gave Buckinghamshire's social services a two-star rating last year and said the children's service had promising prospects. It said it was serving some children well.

Facts and figures

Demographics

Population479,026

Males 234,739

Females 244,28

Aged 0 to 15 21%

Aged 16 to 74 72.5%

Aged 756.5%and over

Born in the UK 90.1%

Work

Percentage of people aged 16-74

Employed 56.2%

Self-employed 11.1%

Unemployed 1.9%

Student 6.2%

Retired 12.5%

Looking after family 7.1%

Sick/disabled 2.5%

Other 2.5%

Ethnic groups

White British88.9%

White non-British3.3%

Mixed race1.3%

Asian orAsian British 4.5%

Black or black British 1.3%

Other ethnic group0.7%

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