The roles and responsibilities of Blackpool Council's senior officers. 

Chief executive

Neil Jack Chief Executive of Blackpool Council
Neil Jack, Chief executive - Blackpool Council

Areas of responsibility:

  • Give direction and leadership on the achievement of the council's corporate and strategic objectives
  • Act as an interface between the political executive and employees and the organisation and the community
  • Lead and influence at an organisational, local, regional and national level to ensure that the agreed goals and targets are achieved to meet the aspirations and needs of the people of Blackpool
  • Act as principal adviser to the leader and elected members on the development of the council's strategic aim
  • Advise on the formulation of policy, the setting of strategic priorities and the allocation of resources to reflect the council's corporate and wider community objectives including improving public health

Director of children's services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Childrens social care
  • Fostering adoption and residential services
  • Safeguarding quality and review
  • Early help for children and families, young peoples service
  • Headstart
  • Youth offending
  • School standards
  • Access and inclusion
  • SEND
  • Contracts and commissioning (joint with health)
  • Business support and resources

Director of resources

Areas of responsibility:

  • Statutory finance officer role as per s.151 of the Local Government Act 1972
  • Revenues and exchequer services
  • Benefits and customer services
  • Accountancy services
  • ICT
  • Procurement and projects
  • Risk services
  • Property services

HM Coroner

Areas of responsibility:

  • Decide whether a post mortem examination is necessary for the purpose of the investigation and, if so, to give directions to an appropriate medical practitioner
  • To investigate the circumstances of the deaths of all persons whose bodies are lying within their jurisdiction where there is reason to believe that the death was violent, unnatural or of unknown cause
  • To ensure that the causes and circumstances of all deaths reported are thoroughly investigated and the full facts are established
  • To hold an inquest, with or without a jury, where required to do so in accordance with the Coroners and Justice Act 2009
  • To make annual returns to the Secretary of State in connection with the inquests held and deaths enquired into

Director of places

Areas of responsibility:

  • Sustaining and growing the economy through inward investment, stimulating business grown and start-ups along with developing relationship with the business sector
  • In addition to this it provides support to local people to improve employability prospects
  • Promote the town to inbound tourists and help, with the private sector to develop compelling reasons to visit such as the Illuminations along with the new facilities in the Tower, Winder Gardens and elsewhere on the promenade
  • Directs the delivery of the council's cultural offer in the form of art, heritage and libraries providing enrichment both in schools and for the benefit of the wider local population

Director of adult services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Statutory role of director of adult social services
  • Accountability for assessing local needs and ensuring availability and delivery of a full range of adult social services
  • Professional leadership including workforce planning
  • Leading the implementation of standards
  • Managing cultural change
  • Promoting local access and ownership and driving partnership working
  • Promoting social inclusion and wellbeing
  • Commissioning services for adults which are of excellent quality, value for money, and integrated within the council and across partner agencies
  • Strategic contribution on behalf of the Council to the planning and delivery of the health and social care integration agenda and transformation of Health and social care services in accordance with national policy directives

Director of public health

Areas of responsibility:

  • Reviewing evidence of effectiveness to inform commissioning strategy and service design in health and social care
  • Health needs assessment and monitoring patterns of diseases (JSNA)
  • Planning and development of services that support behaviour change (tobacco, alcohol, obesity)
  • Research and impact assessment
  • Advocating for policy change at local and national levels in order to improve health
  • Health protection, including health emergency planning and population health programmes

Director of community and environmental services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Public protection
  • Highways and transportation
  • Coastal and environmental partnerships
  • Waste services and integrated transport
  • Leisure services and parks and green environment
  • Illuminations operations
  • School catering services

Director of governance and partnerships

Areas of responsibility:

  • Statutory role, has a key role in ensuring the lawfulness and fairness of corporate decision making
  • Ensuring compliance with codes and protocols, promoting good governance and high ethical standards
  • Providing a comprehensive governance support service to elected members and all departments of the council

Deputy director children social care and early help

Areas of responsibility:

  • Ensuring effective leadership through strategic planning in order to develop delivery of service with partners to keep the most vulnerable children safer within their families where possible and where this is not possible to ensure effective planning for permanence through the looked after system, including to adoption in appropriate cases
  • To promote and drive the quality of practice and develop services so that children and families are provided with the right service at the right time in response to need and making sure we are spending every penny wisely, whilst improving outcomes for children and young people
  • To deputise for the director of children social care in relation to corporate parenting responsibilities, and delivering services vulnerable children and young people

Head of adult social care

Areas of responsibility:

  • Social work interventions, including assessment and casework
  • Services for adults
  • Adult social care
  • Social care mental health services
  • Disability services
  • Hospital discharge services
  • Statutory responsibilities for adult social care
  • Application of safeguarding procedures
  • Responsibility for approved mental health professionals
  • Personalisation lead

Strategic head of growing places

Areas of responsibility:

  • To lead, manage and develop the growing places division - taking in council departments for housing, planning services, investment, enterprise, growth and prosperity
  • To lead on the interface with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, supporting the leader and chief executive
  • To lead on place-based pan-Lancashire working, supporting the Leader, other members and deputising for the chief executive
  • To lead on the division's development of new plans, policy, strategy and funding bids to tackle the key place-based issues facing Blackpool, e.g. housing and economic development policy, strategy and funding applications, planning policy and frameworks
  • To lead on the interface with central government on issues relevant to the work of the division and the council's strategic place agenda
  • To assist the director in the management of the places directorate and support the chief executive on special projects as they arise
  • To support the leader and chief executive on the development of appropriate strategic relationships, working arrangements and collaboration with other local authorities, public and private partners

Consultant in public health (Health improvement and adult public health)

Areas of responsibility:

  • Drugs and alcohol policy and commissioning
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Sexual health services
  • Public health commissioning advice
  • Healthy urban planning
  • Blood-borne viruses including HIV
  • Sexual violence and domestic abuse
  • Housing, homelessness including affordable warmth
  • Health and work
  • Health literacy
  • Public health lead on the health of older people and residents in care home

Consultant in public health (Health protection and children's public health)

Areas of responsibility:

  • Children's public health services (health visiting, school nursing) including National Child Measurement Programme
  • Healthy weight
  • Child Death Overview Panel
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Outbreaks
  • Cancer
  • Breastfeeding
  • Screening and immunisations
  • Oral health promotion
  • Public health campaigns and communication

Head of property and asset management

Areas of responsibility:

  • Estate management
  • Investment portfolio
  • Contract management
  • Sustainability and carbon management
  • Facilities management
  • Schools property
  • Local Education Partnership (Client)
  • Built heritage

Public health specialist (Healthcare and intelligence)

Areas of responsibility:

  • NHS Health Checks
  • Long term conditions and self care
  • Tobacco control policy and strategy
  • Public health intelligence, including Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
  • CLAHRC Research Partnership
  • Healthcare public health - Public health advice to CCGs
  • Empowering people and communities (Community engagement)

Head of leisure, catering and Illuminations

Areas of responsibility:

  • Leisure services
  • School catering services
  • Parks and green environment services
  • PE and school sport
  • Stanley Park
  • Marton Mere Nature Reserve
  • Illuminations services (Operations)
  • Building cleaning

Head of human resources and workforce development

Areas of responsibility:

  • Resourcing (MIS and recruitment and safeguarding)
  • Payroll and HR administration
  • Employee relations (disciplinaries, grievances and cases)
  • Schools HR contracts
  • Organisation and workforce development
  • Occupational health and wellbeing

Head of cultural services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Grand Theatre - partnership working
  • Cultural policy
  • Arts
  • Heritage
  • Heritage - based visitor attraction
  • Libraries

Museum project director

Areas of responsibility:

  • Lead the development of a high quality, adventurous and imaginative new museum for Blackpool.
  • Lead the design and development of a vision for the Museum including the establishment of the values, mission, principles and organisational culture, in line with council priorities.
  • Champion the client side's strategic vision, lead the design and development of all aspects of the visitor offer, establish the business and ensure that the new museum can sustain itself and thrive in the future.
  • Position and represent the project both internally within the council and externally, at a local, regional, national and international level and be the principal spokesperson for the project.
  • Maintain the whole project overview at a senior, strategic level and taking key project decisions (in conjunction with the project board).
  • Oversee and coordinate the project from development, through delivery to completion.
  • Responsibility for assuring quality, monitoring the progress of the project, focusing on achieving the required outcomes, keeping to timescale and within budget.

Head of business support and resources

Areas of responsibility:

  • Resource allocation
  • School funding
  • School organisation and admissions
  • Social care finance and funding
  • Sector led improvement
  • Departmental support

Head of ICT services

Areas of responsibility:

  • ICT strategy, policy and developments
  • Senior information risk officer (SIRO)
  • Information governance and data security
  • Data centres, networks and infrastructure
  • Telephones and mobile communications
  • ICT support including helpdesk
  • ICT schools support
  • ICT traded services

Head of procurement and projects

Areas of responsibility:

  • Corporate procurement and projects
  • Performance, improvement and development
  • Corporate landlord
  • Energy and Sustainability management

Programme director

Areas of responsibility:

  • The programme director leads the growth and prosperity team whose role is to develop and implement an overall programme to bring new investment, jobs and housing to Blackpool.

Head of universal services and school effectiveness

Areas of responsibility:

  • Early years monitoring
  • Early years support
  • Develop school led system and facilitate effectiveness.
  • School monitoring
  • School improvement service
  • Strategic school partnerships
  • School interventions
  • Statutory assessment
  • Council services to schools
  • Schools newsletter
  • Pupil welfare service and school attendance strategy
  • School safeguarding
  • Inclusion - CME? BERA and super BERA
  • Provide link to Opportunity Area Fund.
  • Special schools monitoring
  • School based SEN monitoring
  • Child employment and entertainment
  • Courts and licensing
  • Music service
  • Outdoor learning
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

Chief Accountant

Areas of responsibility:

  • Budgetary and financial management
  • Annual accounts
  • Treasury management (cash flow management, banking, borrowing and investing)
  • Taxation advice

Senior service manager - Early help

Areas of responsibility:

  • Lead and deliver a service that provides operational and strategic family based services across the borough
  • Manage links through multi-agency approaches to intensive family intervention for vulnerable families across the borough
  • Provide a 365 days a year service including evening and weekends to support vulnerable adults and children
  • Children's centre's delivery and family hub approach
  • Blackpool young people's service including youth offending services specialist services for drug and alcohol sexual health and offending prevention and leaving care services

Music Adviser

Areas of responsibility:

  • To manage Blackpool's music educational hub and, Blackpool Music Service
  • To deliver corporate aspirations within children's services
  • As musical adviser, support all schools in their music curricular provision and, ensure pupils receive their entitlement
  • To annually liaise with local, regional, national and international musicians and partners from all genres of music and, provide inspirational music-making workshops and performances
  • To provide new progressional musical aspirations for all pupils using a variety of creative initiatives
  • To collate and provide extensive data to the Arts Council and FMS on a regular basis
  • To support community music-making
  • To manage 30 BMS employees and provide CPD for them, school based specialists and non-specialists
  • To oversee the Tiddley Om-Pom-Poms initiative in all our children's centres
  • To regularly bid for supportive grants
  • To ensure frequent, enjoyable, prestigious, musical events provide a platform to celebrate our children's musical successes

Head of visitor economy

Areas of responsibility:

  • visitBlackpool
  • Illuminations
  • Beach patrol
  • Community safety
  • CCTV
  • Print services
  • Car parking
  • Blackpool Business Leaders Group and relationship with private sector
  • Security

Senior service manager - Social care

Areas of responsibility:

  • Senior manager with responsibility for three service areas that include MASH, duty and assessment, safeguarding, children with complex needs, Looked after children, fostering, adoption and residential services
  • All the above services are responsible for  statutory social work
  • Senior management with responsibility for strategic management of social work services to develop services and provide quality services to our most vulnerable children

Schools safeguarding advisor

Areas of responsibility:

  • The school safeguarding advisor provides guidance and support to schools in Blackpool around safeguarding and child protection best practice
  • Audits and reports about the quality of safeguarding work that is carried out in Blackpool schools are produced and the school safeguarding advisor represents schools at the Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board meetings and sub-groups and on the council's steering groups where appropriate
  • Training on statutory legislation and current issues that schools face is carried out in school or as multi-agency or single agency training in venues around Blackpool
  • The school safeguarding advisor also represents Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board nationally when required to advise on safeguarding issues in other areas and to bring robust challenge to agencies working with and alongside schools in Blackpool

Head of coastal and environmental partnerships

Areas of responsibility:

  • Chair of the Fylde Peninsula Water Management Partnership with Fylde, Wyre, Lancashire County Council, Environment Agency, United Utilities and Keep Britain Tidy delivering a multi-agency approach to the management of water and improvements to bathing water quality
  • Statutory duties in respect of flood risk management including developing a strategy, consenting and enforcing policies, coast protection and surface water management
  • Statutory duties in respect of bathing water controller with responsibility for liaising with Defra, the Environment Agency and the Turning Tides Partnership on measures to improve quality and bathing waters
  • Delivery of coast protection and surface water flood risk capital projects.
  • Strategic management and monitoring of the council's street lighting and traffic signals private finance initiative

Head of enterprise and investment (Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre EDC)

Areas of responsibility:

  • Seek inward investment , to support economic growth and support and  encourage investment by existing Fylde coast  business, in addition to providing advice and guidance on strategic economic issues as well as  leading on  many  major development projects
  • Lead on the development and promotion of the new enterprise zones at Blackpool Airport and Hillhouse International business park at Thornton in Wyre
  • Overview for the three authorities on development of key employment sectors including energy and public sector related activity
  • Lead on a number of town centre initiatives including the redevelopment of central station site as  a major leisure scheme  and am a director of Blackpool Town Centre BID and a member of Blackpool Coastal Communities team    

Head of Youth Offending

Areas of responsibility:

• Youth justice services

• Leaving care services

• Connexions service

• Young people's substance misuse services

• Young people's wellbeing in sexual health services

Service manager public protection

Areas of responsibility:

  • Enforcement activities
  • HMO inspection
  • Empty properties
  • Doorstep crime /rogue traders
  • Massage parlours / brothels
  • Food hygiene and infectious diseases
  • Street trading and begging
  • Environmental protection
  • Commercial waste
  • Enforcement
  • Animal welfare
  • Planning enforcement
  • Trading standards
  • Environmental health
  • Licensing

Lead nurse/Senior public health practitioner

Areas of responsibility:

  • Registered nurse
  • Portfolio of public health initiatives, including oral health and dental epidemiology
  • Children and young people's agenda, health protection and infection prevention and control
  •  Lead commissioner for of a range of public health schemes and programmes, including health visiting and school nursing services, oral health
  • Commissioning lead children's public health services
  • Healthy child programme lead for Better Start

Senior public health practitioner

Areas of responsibility:

  • Leading on the drugs strategy and policy
  • Leading on the healthy weight strategy and developing the work of the local authority declaration on healthy weight
  • Public health lead for the health and wellbeing board
  • Health needs assessment
  • Public health specialist support to commissioning

Schools intervention advisor (Assessment and moderation)

Areas of responsibility:

  • Act as a critical professional friend to the schools, challenging and supporting their leadership in evaluating their school's performance, identifying priorities for improvement and planning effective change
  • Contribute to whole-school Improvements in the schools
  • Help build the schools' capacity to improve pupils' achievement and to realise other key outcomes for pupils that bear on achievement
  • Provide challenge and support for the senior leadership in the schools
  • Provide information to governing bodies on their schools' performance and development
  • Work with a range of partners in order to deliver challenge and support for schools
  • Broker school to school and external support
  • Local authority assessment and moderation manager

Chief internal auditor

Areas of responsibility:

  • Internal audit
  • Risk management
  • Insurance
  • Emergency planning
  • Business continuity planning
  • Fraud and investigations
  • Health and safety
  • Equality and diversity

Head of corporate development, engagement and communications

Areas of responsibility:

  • Corporate policy and development
  • Research and intelligence
  • Performance management
  • Communications strategy
  • Marketing and campaigns
  • Media relations and PR
  • Internal communications
  • Website design and management

Head of visitor services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Parking services
  • Community safety
  • Security services
  • CCTV Services
  • Beach patrol service

Senior manager school and community support and 14+

Areas of responsibility:

  • Improve the job and life chances of individuals over 16 through their participation in learning
  • Implement the councils response to the statutory requirement of raising the participation age in learning for 16 - 18 year olds
  • Accountable for the Connexions service for young people focusing on reducing the number of 16-18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • Manage the adult community and family service ensuring it meets Ofsted inspection requirements.
  • Work with partners in the public, private and voluntary sector to draw in additional resources to deliver learning through in kind and external funding opportunities
  • Work with Blackpool residents to ensure learning meets the needs of the more vulnerable residents
  • Act as the council representative for working with the funding bodies of learning, in particular assisting in the quality assurance of local training providers for young people

Principal social worker and head of safeguarding

Areas of responsibility:

  • Established in 2012, the principal social worker role in adult services oversees a framework of professional social work practice standards, staff development and regulation that contribute to the work of the people's directorate and overall delivery of the council's plan
  • By working with partner agencies, the role supports staff members to provide excellent ethical standards of service delivery to individuals and their families based on sound social work values. The Care Act 2014 now also lays down additional guidance on how the principal social worker should contribute to improving services.  
  • Where safeguarding the most vulnerable is also a key aspect of the council's plan, the head of safeguarding oversees the statutory adult safeguarding process and the deprivation of liberty safeguards for those who lack mental capacity. Where the Blackpool Adult Safeguarding Board is now also a statutory responsibility the post ensures that the board is co-ordinated and managed

Service manager - Safeguarding, quality and review

Areas of responsibility:

  • Operational responsibility and leading in development of the safeguarding, quality and review team in accordance with Blackpool Council policies, procedures and legislative frameworks and guidance
  • Lead a service offering rigorous challenge to social care staff, other professionals and agencies to ensure practice safeguards and promotes the welfare of children, young people and their families
  • Provide an expert opinion, challenge and directly contribute to the role and function of Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board and wider safeguarding activities
  • Work in partnership with the children's management team and other internal and external stakeholders at all levels to provide expert advice, guidance and briefing sessions on a range of safeguarding matters
  • Plan, manage and monitor the service budget and commissioning requirements appropriate to service demand and the need to ensure children and young people in need and/or at risk are safeguarded and protected

Education performance advisor

Areas of responsibility:

  • To contribute to Blackpool children's services in particular regarding services related to raising school standards and effectiveness, achievement, curriculum, attendance and inclusion
  • To contribute to the delivery of Blackpool's children and young people's plan taking the lead on pupil attainment data analysis and research
  • To contribute to the delivery of Blackpool's school effectiveness strategy working in partnership with schools, council teams and partners external to Blackpool such as DfE, FFT
  • To be a key interface for Blackpool and identified external partners in relation to pupil attainment data

Head of access and inclusion

Areas of responsibility:

  • Children missing education
  • Elective home education
  • Ethnic minority groups/EAL
  • Equality and diversity
  • Gypsy, Roma and Travellers of Irish heritage
  • Virtual school for children looked after
  • Access/Inclusion
  • Transience support
  • Education safeguarding link

Head of democratic governance (Deputy monitoring officer)

Areas of responsibility:

  • Electoral services
  • Member and civic support
  • Constitutional advice
  • Members code of conduct
  • Promotion of corporate governance
  • Executive and cabinet member support (decision making)
  • School appeals support
  • Scrutiny support
  • Councillors delegated budget
  • School governance

Manager rapid response and flexible re-ablement

Areas of responsibility:

  • Responsible for the strategic and operational management of a range of care and support services to vulnerable adults.
  • Work across adult social care and the Corporate Delivery Unit to deliver key reviews and improvement projects across the Council
  • Contribute to the strategic and operational leadership and management of the division / department
  • Member of supervisory body and designated decision maker when required for statutory DOLS requests (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards)
  • Lead responsibility for key areas of divisional business, operational lead for the council on the emergency response group
  • Lead responsibility for own service areas in business development, risk management, internal and external stakeholder liaison and contract / performance monitoring

Service manager - Mental health and learning disabilities

Areas of responsibility:

  • To ensure the provision of senior management leadership, direction and support to team managers in older adult and adult mental health, and learning disability services
  • To support the senior management team in developing practice and practice standards
  • To take responsibility for the provision of high quality assessments under the Care Act 2015 and the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act and consequent care management arrangements arising from these
  • To ensure the delivery of a statutory approved mental health professional service to a high standard in appropriate settings and a timely way, including recruitment, selection, approval and re-approval
  • To ensure safeguarding alerts and any subsequent referral and investigations within the service area are dealt with in a high professional standard
  • To ensure best interest assessors within the service area are part of the local arrangements when deprivation of liberty (DoL) authorisations are sought, providing specialist advice and guidance to them on request
  • To be part of, and act as, the supervisory body arrangements for DoL authorisations for Blackpool Council
  • To be responsible for the management and monitoring of the commissioning arrangements and spend across managed teams and services. The management of the quality monitoring arrangements for residential care, and joint funding agreements with CCG partners in complex care and continuing health care decision meetings
  • To manage the senior manager relationship with partner agencies for integrated and co-located services, and where there is a shared interest in service delivery and outcomes. This includes the NHS, police, and probation 
  • Management of the mental health recovery team

Service manager - Supported living and shared care

Areas of responsibility:

  • To offer senior management and leadership to CQC regulated services supporting CQC registered managers to deliver high quality care services to vulnerable adults in line with regulatory requirements
  • To contribute to the management of a budget across the care and support division
  • To be accountable for the safe and effective provision of care services to vulnerable adults with a learning disability, mental health need and/or other health and social care related needs
  • To act as supervisory body signatory for DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard) applications/ authorisations

Service manager - Adult social care services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Senior management leadership, direction and support for team managers in adult services, this includes initial assessment team, Blackpool north and south adult team, the hospital discharge team and the rapid response team
  • Responsible for the provision of high quality assessments under the Care Act (2014), and consequent care management arrangements
  • Ensure safeguarding alerts and subsequent referrals/investigations within the service area are dealt within a professional standard
  • Ensure best interest assessors within the service area are part of the local arrangements when deprivation of liberty authorisations are sought, providing specialist advice and guidance
  • Management of relationships with partner agencies for integrated and co-located services, and where there is a shared interest in service delivery and outcomes. This includes the NHS, police, and probation etc

Head of highways and traffic management services

Areas of responsibility:

  • To provide management to the highways and traffic management division (Highway asset management, highway inspections, NRSWA inspection, highway project management, traffic management and engineering), maximising the impact and contribution of the services to local residents and visitors to the town
  • To provide professional advice to the cabinet and elected members on all matters relating to the services provided by the division in order to meet the needs of the borough
  • To be part of the community and environmental services departmental management team, working alongside the director in the overall management of the department
  • To represent and deputise for the director in the local, county, regional and national arena
  • To be responsible and accountable for the management and development of the highways and traffic management division
  • To embed the philosophy of 'progress through partnership', providing the vehicle for local people to be a part of service management and development; involvement, empowerment and ownership
  • To lead the challenge of innovative redesign and delivery of services to increase productivity and deliver transformational change
  • To be empowered to create and design appropriate frontline service integration models for delivery, thinking creatively in order to deliver efficiencies and quality services
  • To lead on service strategy development, contributing to the council's strategic management process and vision
  • To provide leadership and direction to staff, ensuring all are aware and committed to maximising the service and department's role in Blackpool's future
  • To be accountable for service performance, creating a performance management culture, underpinned by the principles of best practice and continuous improvement
  • To support and guide council members in relation to their aspirations and role as local elected councillors

Service manager - Duty and assessment

Areas of responsibility:

  • Assume lead operational responsibility for designated areas of children's social care services operating in accordance with Blackpool Council policies, procedures and legislative frameworks and guidance
  • Take a lead role in developing services within your designated area in line with legislation, guidance and practice standards ensuring practice safeguards and promotes the welfare of children, young people and their families
  • Provide expert opinion, challenge and as part of the children's management team directly contribute or lead on the development of services within children's social care
  • To work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders at all levels and provide expert advice, guidance and briefing sessions on a range of safeguarding matters aimed at advancing practice and service
  • Plan, manage and monitor service budget and commissioning requirements, taking into account service demand and the need to ensure children and young people in need and/or at risk are safeguarded and protected
  • Contribute to strategic planning and development of the service

Service manager - Families in need

Areas of responsibility:

  • Responsibility for managing families in need- whole family service
  • Delivery of national troubled families programme
  • Management of people support element of transience programme

Service manager - Locality teams

Areas of responsibility:

  • Assume lead operational responsibility for designated areas of children's social care services operating in accordance with Blackpool Council policies, procedures and legislative frameworks and guidance
  • Take a lead role in developing services within your designated area in line with legislation, guidance and practice standards ensuring practice safeguards and promotes the welfare of children, young people and their families
  • Provide expert opinion, challenge and as part of the children's management team directly contribute or lead on the development of services within children's social care
  • To work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders at all levels and provide expert advice, guidance and briefing sessions on a range of safeguarding matters aimed at advancing practice and service
  • Plan, manage and monitor service budget and commissioning requirements, taking into account service demand and the need to ensure children and young people in need and /or at risk are safeguarded and protected
  • Contribute to strategic planning and development of the service

Principal educational psychologist

Areas of responsibility:

  • Provide vision, direction and strategic leadership for the educational psychology service, ensuring the provision of effective, efficient  and high quality support and advice with regard to the educational, behavioural and psychological issues of children and young people
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of Blackpool's SEND strategy
  • Promote the contribution of psychology to the development of effective services for children and young people, families and communities and work in partnership with other senior managers in order to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Specialist senior education psychologist

Areas of responsibility:

  • To develop behaviour approaches across the local authority and within the educational psychology service, working in partnership with other providers and in multi-disciplinary ways
  • To promote emotional well-being, positive mental health, positive behaviour and school attendance among young people, through multi-professional and multi-level approaches
  • To provide generic educational psychology services to a defined set of schools and users

Head of benefits and customer services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Administration of housing benefit (Shared service)
  • Administration of Council Tax Reduction Scheme (Shared service)
  • Administration of Discretionary Support Scheme
  • Administration of discretionary housing payments (Shared service)
  • Administration of Council Tax Reduction Hardship Scheme (Shared service)
  • Administration of client finance money management service
  • Administration of social care financial assessment and billing process
  • Administration of debt advice team
  • Administration of council outreach worker team
  • Administration of Customer First function

Head of revenues and exchequer services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Responsible for the planning, organisation and delivery of the revenues service for Blackpool and Fylde shared service over the short, medium and long term
  • Corporate debt recovery and corporate invoice processing and payments
  • The payroll and pension's service
  • Line manager responsibility for the transactional services manager, the income and recovery manager and the payroll manager

ICT senior manager (Technology, infrastructure and programmes)

Areas of responsibility:

  • Leading the technical infrastructure team and management of the technical programme
  • Developing new and existing technologies for council and business use.
  • Strategic lead for customer support

Programme lead (Headstart)

Areas of responsibility:

  • To lead HeadStart, the Big Lottery funded strategic 5 year programme, aimed at building the resilience of young people aged 10-16 and therefore reducing the number that go on to develop mental ill health
  • To provide strategic direction over the 5 years, driving the HeadStart strategy and the vision of systems change required.
  • To be responsible for successfully implementing and managing the delivery of this town wide approach and leading on the dissemination of learning to maximise opportunities for development across the wider partnership.
  • To be an ambassador for the HeadStart programme

Service manager - Looked after children

Areas of responsibility:

  • Adoption
  • Fostering
  • Looked after children
  • The Link
  • 331 Bispham Road
  • Hornby
  • Statutory services dealing with children in care and children looked after 
  • Subsequently children who are adopted

Finance manager

Areas of responsibility:

  • Manage the accounting team that provides management and financial accounting support to the places, community and environmental services and governance and regulatory services directorates
  • Provide financial advice to the directors of places, community and environmental services and governance and regulatory services
  • Provide financial advice on large scale and transformational projects for e.g. waste disposal, street lighting PFI, Central Business District, and Blackpool Museum

Head of development plans and projects

Areas of responsibility

  • To co-ordinate and implement as head of planning strategy, the council's priorities and statutory responsibilities in respect of development plan policy with particular emphasis on reviewing, preparing and progressing to adoption the council's local plan and other statutory and non-statutory plans and policies for the future development of Blackpool
  • To ensure that Blackpool's priorities, regenerative and economic needs, are appropriately reflected in strategies that will guide and direct future development and investment in the sub-region
  • To provide specialist planning advice in respect of strategic development proposals, initiatives and consultations to support Blackpool's regeneration
  • To provide specialist advocacy advice representing the Council on complex planning issues to secure the implementation of policy in line with strategic priorities
  • To work across Council Services and with external partners and stakeholders in developing and delivering a regeneration agenda that will enable Blackpool to improve its economic performance, overcome deprivation issues and enhance the quality of the physical environment

Head of economic development

Areas of responsibility:

  • Economic development (Business and employment support)
  • Libraries
  • Arts
  • Heritage

Head of housing

Areas of responsibility

  • Setting strategy and bringing forward new housing to meet the needs of the town
  • Improving housing and neighbourhood conditions
  • Regulating the private rented sector
  • Providing services that prevent and respond to homelessness
  • Makes decisions on investment in council housing
  • Oversees the work of Blackpool Coastal Housing which manages council housing in Blackpool, and Blackpool Housing Company which invests in acquiring and refurbishing homes for rent in inner Blackpool

Illuminations manager

Areas of responsibility:

  • Responsible for successful delivery of world famous multi award winning Illuminations show which yields an annual £230M boost to Blackpool's economy bringing in 4m visitors
  • Developing and delivering concepts from start to completion for Blackpool Council and other clients if required (e.g BBC). This activity includes the "main" Illuminations and other satellite projects - these can include managing projects out of town at Christmas or other times of the year
  • The post has a critical role is in overseeing the ongoing creative development of the show(s) and delivering increased sustainability against challenging economic circumstances

Legal services manager

Areas of responsibility:

  • Manages a team of lawyers and support staff to enable the council to legally meet statutory duties

Co-ordinator sensory and physical medical needs service

Areas of responsibility

  • To advise on baseline performance, the identification of strengths as well as needs, the use of standardised and other measures, so that any progress resulting from special provision can be determined
  • Collaborate with the pupil's teachers and other external specialists (eg educational psychologists) to agree on arrangements for the monitoring of progress against the targets established in the IEP
  • Match IEP target setting with specialised teaching programmes and consider whether they meet pupils' differing learning styles and needs
  • To advise on the effectiveness and when necessary justify the use of specialised remedial techniques and materials
  • Know the work being undertaken by other teachers, LSA's, therapists and other support staff and ensure the integration of their own specialist contribution
  • Contribute the co-ordination of home-based learning; classroom and school work so that there is a holistic approach towards securing IEP and other targets
  • Demonstrate the effective ways of working with parents/carers and other professionals to ensure maximum curricular access, challenge and progression for pupils with SEN
  • Provide professional direction, including demonstration and/or specific training, so that others may understand or use specialised assessment communication, ICT and mobility systems
  • Cope securely with typical frustration or conflict situations arising from SEN, and work with colleagues and pupils in the maintenance of an environment, which supports purposeful learning
  • Communicate to parents/carers and colleagues on a regular basis, the nature of the support given and any necessary assessment and record keeping, so that continuity and progression in learning is ensured
  • Management of adult sensory officers

Early years improvement officer

Areas of responsibility:

  • lead on the implementation of the EYFS and setting improvement in all early years provision,  in line with local authority statutory functions and the Ofsted common inspection framework
  • Further develop partnership working with Ofsted Early Years HMI, and with key agencies within the LA including Better Start, and beyond the LA
  • Improve quality of provision and outcomes for children from birth to the end of the reception year, and work towards ensuring all children take up their statutory entitlement to early years education in a nursery, school or childminder with at least a good Ofsted grading
  • Lead and manage the early years consultant and development worker in the early years and childcare team
  • Oversee childcare sufficiency and FiS
  • Lead on the provision of advice, support and guidance on all aspects of Safeguarding in the PVI sector, in collaboration with the LADO and social care professionals, and other members of BSCB

Educational psychologist

Areas of responsibility:

Role 1:

  • To work collaboratively with staff within and outside the LA to support integrated service delivery to children and young people
  • To actively promote inclusion and work effectively with other services and colleagues, particularly school-based staff, to ensure that achievement is promoted and attainment gaps are closed for pupils with SEND
  • To offer constructive challenge within the framework of effective delivery of services, covered by the EP and SEND teams and ensure professional standards are maintained
  • To provide statutory psychological advice as set out in the 2014 Children and Families Act and the Code of Practice (and within any replacement arrangements) to ensure that the council meets its statutory and policy obligations in relation to children and young people with SEND
  • To professionally contribute and support peer and group supervision with the educational psychology team

Role 2:

  • To provide an educational psychology service to schools, children's services and families within Blackpool and contribute to raising standards within Blackpool schools
  • To have responsibility for providing appropriate support, advice and intervention to ensuring that the council meets the needs of those children and young people (0-25 years) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and delivers appropriate statutory and local targets in improving outcomes
  • Using evidence-based psychological approaches, provide advice, problem solving support, intervention and review to education-associated staff, parents, children, young people and the LA
  • To work collaboratively with staff within and outside the LA to support integrated service delivery to children and young people
  • To actively promote inclusion and work effectively with other services and colleagues, particularly school-based staff, to ensure that achievement is promoted and attainment gaps are closed for pupils with SEND

Service manager - Property and assets

Areas of responsibility:

  • Responsible for ensuring the council complies with its legal duties for property management, maintenance, servicing and inspection, facilities management arrangements and asset management, implementing policy and procedures to comply with all legislative statutory duties and approve codes of practice for all council buildings
  • Manage the councils property services department to achieve corporate objectives within established budgets and targets. Provide leadership and direction to staff to achieve department and council's corporate goals and objectives
  • Responsible for the procurement, commissioning and project management of capital projects, to ensure they are delivered on-time and on-budget, using best practice and industry innovation to deliver efficiencies and ensure quality services are provided to the council and its partners
  • Liaison with external agencies, public sector organisations, partners and stakeholders to develop working partnerships, prepare funding bids, attend joint meetings and agree joint contracts and working arrangements