Head of Protection and Permanence

Type of employment: Fixed Term 
Salary: £53,348 - £60,022
Closing Date: 24 October 2021

Change-makers sought! Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?

About you

We are seeking a motivated individual with strategic management and leadership experience who can contribute to how we deliver our strategy and meet and exceed key stakeholder expectations.

You will provide the strategic leadership for our child protection and early family support work, ensuring that we effectively manage existing work and generate new work prospects carefully and innovatively in line with our strategic objectives. You will work with key external stakeholders and across the organisation, understanding the principles of effective integration in order to ensure the successful delivery of key programmes of work and services with quality and with impact.

In your role you will contribute to the development and implementation of our Strategy and business plan in the pursuance of its strategic aims and objectives, in line with Scottish Government policy and the requirements of external funders.

About the role

Our Head of Protection and Permanence leads on how we assist national and local government and their partners to develop and apply evidence-based ways to drive change and improvement in services and practices. The team covers Child Protection, Addressing Neglect, Permanence, and supports effective decision making across Children’s Services and will lead on the CELCIS contribution to the Scottish Government Child Protection Improvement Plan and delivery of support to CPC Scotland.

This is a Strategic Management Team position, with shared responsibility for the planning and delivery of CELCIS’s strategy which prioritises supporting improvements in early help, effective decision making, and quality care, all underpinned by valuing the voice of lived experience.

This post will report to the Director of CELCIS and will deputise as required.


CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, is an internationally recognised leading improvement and innovation centre based in Scotland at the University of Strathclyde. We are dedicated to supporting change and improvement for children in need of care and protection, their families and carers, and care leavers.

Focused on improving the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection and their families and carers, we support people and organisation’s responsible for their care to make long-lasting changes in services, in systems and the practices and skills they use.

We work with organisations and people across Scotland at local and national to level to realise The Promise of the Independent Care Review (2020). The focus of the work of this team is to support those across Scotland, who are working to ensure the stability and permanence of babies, children and young people and also ensure their protection from abuse, harm and neglect.

Qualifications and experience

You will have a relevant degree or appropriate professional qualification plus significant senior leadership and management experience, with a significant knowledge and experience of delivering complex programmes of work. You will have proven leadership experience within the children sector, and knowledge and understanding of improvement and implementation theory and practice. You will have demonstrable skills in managing resources including staff and stakeholders at multiple levels and the ability to manage change, learn and adapt in a highly complex environment.

All CELCIS staff are working remotely at home until the University has ensured it is safe and essential to work in the office (we are based in the Curran Building at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Flexibility for blended working arrangements (from home, in the office, and travel to work with local partners as required for the role) may be available.  

Funding for the post: Like all the team, the post is funded for 12 months, with a further 2 years of funding indicated by Scottish Government. CELCIS has received funding in this way from Scottish Government since 2010 where we agree our funding level every year, as well as agreeing the indicative level for the next two years.  

Change is happening. Be part of it. Together we can make things better for children, young people and their families and carers. Apply now.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Claire Burns, Acting Director (claire.m.burns@strath.ac.uk).

Formal interviews for this post are expected to be held on 15/11/2021.

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