Interviews to take place for Peterborough children’s social care post

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Interviews will take place next week for a new assistant director for children’s social care at Peterborough City Council.

The chosen candidate will have, according to the job description, “accountability and responsibility for the leadership and management of Peterborough City Council’s social care function.”

He or she would also be asked to deputise for the director of children’s services, Sue Westcott, when relevant on work across children, families and communities services.

The job-holder will be responsible for a budget of £6.3 million and will be expected to report on matters such as looked after children and fostering and adoption.

Interviews will be held with candidates on Thursday December 4 in an extraordinary meeting of the council’s Employment Committee.

The council say they cannot disclose the salary the successful candidate will be offered. The previous holder of the post was Debbie Haith who was paid £90,000 a year.

However, her job title of assistant director - safeguarding families and communities has now been changed to the current one.

Two other council assistant directors are currently on six-figure salaries.

They are Wendi Ogle-Welbourn, assistant director - strategic commissioning and prevention (£105,000) and Jonathan Lewis, assistant director - education and resources (£100,000).

Jana Burton, assistant director - care services strategy is on £90,000

If a salary of £100,000 or above is to be offered to a candidate then it would have to be approved at a meeting of full council.

Advertisements for the position started in early October 9 and were placed in media outlets such as The Guardian and the Municipal Journal which gives information about local authorities.