Message from the Strategic Director for Children and Education Services

Dear applicant

Thank you for your interest in joining Manchester City Council’s Children Services; I can honestly say building on a solid platform of ambition, achievement, innovation, stability and our recent Inspection of ‘good’, there has never been a better time the leadership team.  Together we are determined to build a safe, happy, healthy and successful future for the city’s children and young people.

Manchester has a growing population and economically successful.  Subsequently, whilst faced by the same socio-economic challenges as many other places and priorities arising from the needs of our children and young people, we have worked hard to secure the support of our public and private sector colleagues in placing children at the heart of the city; we are aiming to be recognised by UNICEF as a ‘child friendly city’ by 2024/25.  Thus, making it an exciting time to join Manchester and a time committed to achieving excellence in all we do.

We are looking for colleagues who are truly team players, able to forge strong relationships with children and their families and colleagues, and more importantly able to provide effective support and challenge so that together we secure positive outcomes and experiences for children through collaboration and high standards of practice.  In return we will offer you plenty of challenges as well as opportunities to innovate and personally develop, working alongside a dedicated and talented set of colleagues who work collaboratively to deliver our vision and ambitions for the children and young people of Manchester.

You may have gathered by now, Manchester is a diverse city with huge ambition, innovation and drive. Working in Manchester gives you the chance to do things that you wouldn’t get to do in other places, and it is a hugely exciting place to live and work.

Manchester’s ethos is to fairness and equality, so that all the people in our city can benefit from the opportunities that our economic growth brings. Our workforce is no exception and at the heart of this; determined to create a stable, confident and talented workforce we are proud to be one of the few Local Authorities in the North-West with the lowest number of agency staff, vacancies rates and turnover; supported by a comprehensive training and development programme.  

As we transition into our next phase of improvement, the Children and Education Services Directorate has been ‘re-shaped and defined’.  The intention is to maximise leadership and management capacity to strengthen and develop our partnerships and collaborative working to provide the right intervention at the right time and from the right agency, so that together we reduce unnecessary demand and improve the lives of Manchester’s citizens. 

I hope you too are excited by our future and make a commitment to apply. 

I look forward to receiving your application. 

For an informal discussion about the post please contact our advising consultants.

Best wishes

Paul Marshall
Strategic Director Children and Education Services

Manchester City Council has been named Council of the Year at the prestigious LGC (Local Government Chronicle) Awards


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