Top job! Head of Protection and Permanence

  • Full time
  • £53,348 – £60,022
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 3rd November 2021

  • Advertised from 22nd October 2021
  • FTE: 1.0 (35 hours/week). Contract type: Fixed Term - Full time. Term: Fixed Term (12 months)


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

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.

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.

You will have an appropriate Degree, with significant experience of directly relevant roles and considerable experience of leadership and management contributing to and realising an organisation’s strategic and business objectives. You will also have extensive experience of leading complex change projects which have delivered positive and sustainable change.

A member of our Strategic Management Team, you will share 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. 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.

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 (

Application notes

Closing date: 3 November 2021.

Formal interviews for this post are expected to be held on 3 December 2021