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Head of Service (Children, Families & Justice)

** Please apply via My Job Scotland by CLICKING HERE – applications cannot be accepted via Aspen People. **

Head of Service (Children, Families & Justice)
North Ayrshire Council
£90,590 – £94,629 per year

We have ambitious plans for the future of North Ayrshire… and we’re looking for an exceptional individual who can help us deliver them.

We want to hear from a talented individual with strong leadership skills who has the vision and skills to become the Head of Service for Children, Families & Justice Services. The successful candidate will support the Director of the Health and Social Care Partnership and the Chief Executives of North Ayrshire Council and NHS Ayrshire and Arran to deliver our ambitions for North Ayrshire, including fulfilling our local ambitions in delivery of our Children’s Services Plan and the Promise.

As a Chief Officer, the successful candidate will have a strategic leadership role supporting service transformation and delivering high quality, value for money services in a challenging financial climate.

You will demonstrate extensive experience at a senior management level in a health and/or social care environment and have the ability to create inspiring and innovative solutions.

The post has a challenging remit with responsibilities including looked after children, children with disabilities, crisis intervention services, whole family support, child health services and all justice social work services. Full information can be found in the Role Profile. This is a challenging role, leading a range of services which, at times, support some of the most vulnerable people and families in our communities, but also a rewarding role with the opportunity to make a real positive difference to outcomes.

As a strategic and inspirational leader, you will deliver a clear sense of purpose and direction and will secure the confidence of the Integration Joint Board, Elected Members, the NHS Board and Council and your Teams. You will do this with the support of the Director and the wider Senior Management Team, working as part of a high performing and supportive team.

You will be able to demonstrate experience in the implementation of change, excellent people management skills, effective partnership working, integrity and sound ethical judgement. You will be enthusiastic about working in partnership with our community partners and stakeholders to deliver the best outcomes for people in North Ayrshire.

Dates to note and keep available are:

  • Online Psychometric Testing – between 4th – 9th October approximately.
  • Interviews will take place in person at Cunninghame House on Thursday 26th October 2023.


For an informal discussion please contact Catriona Mackie or Katharine Price at Aspen on 0141 212 7555. For more information regarding the partnership, please visit

For further details on the Job Description please see the attachment.


This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007.  Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children or protected adults.  Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council.  Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment.  For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit For further details on North Ayrshire Council’s policy please visit

Please note if you are the successful candidate your name and email address will be entered into the Disclosure Scotland PVG system to generate your PVG form which will be issued to your email with an enclosed link to complete.

Applications for this role are via My Job Scotland by CLICKING HERE – applications cannot be accepted via Aspen People.

Closing date for applications – Monday 11th September 2023