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The roles and responsibilities of Blackpool Council's senior officers

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  1. Chief executive
  2. Director of adult services
  3. Director of children's services
  4. Director of communication and regeneration
  5. Director of community and environmental services
  6. Director of governance and partnerships
  7. Director of public health
  8. Director of resources
  9. Director of strategy and assistant chief executive
  10. Other senior staff

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 adult services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Statutory role of Director of Adult Social Services (DASS)
  • Accountability for assessing local needs, ensuring availability and delivery of a full range of services
  • Professional leadership including workforce planning
  • Leading the implementation and performance monitoring of standards
  • Managing cultural change
  • Promoting local access and ownership and driving partnership working
  • Promoting social inclusion and wellbeing
  • Commissioning services for adults which deliver quality, value for money, meet identified needs, and integrated with relevant partners
  • Strategic contribution on behalf of the council to planning and delivery of health and social care integration and transformation of health and social care services in accordance with national policy directives.
  • Chair Health and Social Care Career Academy, promoting the sector, good recruitment and retention, and training fit for the changing needs of the workforce
  • Resource planning to support changes in statute, national and regional policy and case law
  • Oversight of the humanitarian response requirements of the emergency plan 

Director of children's services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Children's 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 communications and regeneration

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
  • Informing and promoting council services to the residents of Blackpool
  • Responsibility for the council's planning, building control and strategic transportation services
  • Delivering major regeneration projects across the town including Houndshill, Talbot Gateway, Blackpool Central, leisure assets, enterprise zones and Showtown the Blackpool Museum 
  • Providing 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
  • 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 community and environmental services

Areas of responsibility

  • Public protection and enforcement
  • Highways and traffic management
  • Coastal and environmental partnerships
  • Waste and environmental operations
  • Leisure and parks and green environment
  • Integrated transport
  • 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

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 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, energy and projects
  • Audit and risk services
  • Property services

Director of strategy and assistant chief executive

Areas of responsibility:

  • Overall lead for defining and articulating headline council objectives, strategy, corporate plans and associated performance frameworks.
  • Direct managerial responsibility for corporate planning, performance, research, commissioning and all housing functions.
  • Lead officer for support, oversight and scrutiny of council's wholly owned companies.
  • Lead for council interface with Local Enterprise Partnership, shadow Combined Authority and associated departments and ministries of State.
  • Direct support to the leader and chief executive on any aspect of the strategic management of the council
  • Direct support and advice to the wider political executive.
  • Deputise for the chief executive in internal and external environments.

Other senior staff

Advisory teacher

Areas of Responsibility:

  • To contribute to developing strategy, policy and provision for children and young people with SEND
  • To ensure that the council meets its statutory and policy obligations in relation to children and young people with SEND
  • To work effectively with other services to ensure achievement for pupils with SEND
  • Support schools in developing SEND service delivery plans to promote inclusion
  • Support educational settings to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND
  • Provide training and coaching to educational settings to improve provision for pupils with SEND
  • Provide statutory advice to assist in the formulation of education, health and care plans
  • To monitor and support schools in developing the identification and assessment of children to meet their SEND needs
  •  To secure the engagement of children, young people and their families in the review and development of services

Assistant director of children's services

Areas of Responsibility:

  • The key purpose of this role is the support the director of children's services in specific management tasks as required to ensure appropriate service development and leadership are provided
  • The role will also involve representing the director of children's services in key meetings within the council and in multi-agency settings
  • To deputise for the director of children's services from time to time in relation to children's social care and targeted intervention services
  • To line manage the operation of children's social work services and targeted intervention services
  • To ensure the effective, leadership, management and development of children's social care services and targeted intervention services.
  • To ensure high quality and child focused services to children and families in the town

Chief accountant

Areas of responsibility:

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

Child protection chair team manager and designated officer

Areas of Responsibility:

  • The post holder will be responsible for the leadership, management and supervision of up to 4 child protection chairs. You will ensure that children's child protection plans are progressing and achieving positive outcomes
  • The post holder ensures effective and timely allocation of all children's cases that meet the threshold for Initial child protection conference and reviews
  • The role holder also undertakes the function of the Children's Designated Officer (previously referred to as LADO)

Consultant in public health

Areas of responsibility:

  • Healthcare public health - public health advice to CCGs
  • Long term conditions and self care
  • Primary care networks and social prescribing
  • Tobacco control policy and strategy
  • Public health intelligence, including Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
  • CLAHRC Research Partnership
  • NHS health checks
  • Empowering people and communities
  • Cancer prevention including screening programmes
  • Maternity services

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

Areas of responsibility:

  • Provision of specialist public health advice on :-
  • Infection prevention and disease control
  • Mental health and wellbeing promotion
  • Drug and alcohol treatment and harm reduction
  • Sexual health prevention and clinical treatment services
  • Healthy urban planning
  • Blood-borne viruses including HIV and Hepatitis
  • Housing, homelessness including affordable warmth

Deputy Head of adult social care

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, neighborhood social work 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.

Deputy head of IT services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Leading the technical infrastructure team.
  • Management of the technical and business IT programme
  • Cyber security lead
  • Data centre management
  • Deputy senior information risk officer
  • Developing new and existing technologies for council and business use
  • Strategic lead for customer support

Early Years Consultant             

Areas of responsibility

  • To maintain up to date knowledge of all matters relating to the EYFS and provide advice, guidance, support and challenge to all practitioners working across all sectors in the EYFS across Blackpool
  • To provide support and challenge in early years provision with less than Good Ofsted outcomes in order to improve quality to at least a good level
  • To identify training requirements, coordinate and lead on planning and dissemination of training relating to the EYFS for practitioners working in early years provision
  • To provide advice and guidance for early years provision and liaise with other professionals to ensure that children with SEND have their needs met
  • To undertake and lead on moderation activities for statutory and non-statutory assessments in the EYFS

Education inclusion officer

Areas of responsibility:

  • Statutory management of the guidelines for exclusions from school and timelines for permanent exclusions from schools process and procedures including provision for excluded students from day 6
  • Support and guidance for parents/carers of excluded students
  • Statutory management for elective home education and co-ordination of support
  • Co-ordination of work with all schools for anti-bullying work, advice, guidance and training
  • Work carried out within schools standards and effectiveness team (including school complaints, support & challenge etc)
  • North West representative on the national group for elective home education professionals
  • Co-Chair of North West Exclusions Network group
  • Education representative and school response co-ordinator for serious case reviews

Educational psychologist
Role 1:

Areas of responsibility:

  • 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

Educational psychologist
Role 2:

Areas of responsibility:

  • 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

Educational psychologist
Role 3:

Areas of responsibility:

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.

Examples of main duties/responsibilities:

  • 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.

Finance manager

Role 1

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Manage the accounting team that provides management and financial accounting support to the children's services, adult services, public health and resources directorates
  • Provide financial advice to the directors of children's, adults, public health and resources
  • Provide financial advice on large scale and transformational projects for eg health and social care integration and Better Start.

Finance manager

Role 2

Areas of responsibility:

  •  Manage the accounting team that provides management and financial accounting support to the communications and regeneration, community and environmental services, governance and partnership services and chief executive's directorates
  • Provide financial advice to the directors of communications and regeneration, community and environmental services, governance and partnership services, strategy and to the chief executive
  • Provide financial advice on large scale and transformational projects for e.g. waste collection and disposal, street lighting PFI, growth and prosperity schemes, and Blackpool Museum
  • Provide taxation advice including managing the council's corporation tax and VAT positions including liaison with council wholly-owned companies.

Growth and Prosperity Programme Director

Areas of responsibility:

  • The growth and prosperity programme director leads the growing places division which includes growth and prosperity, planning, transport policy, project development and funding, building control, built heritage and conservation and land charges teams whose role is to develop and implement an overall programme to bring new investment and jobs; develop, monitor and implement the town and country planning system and protect the environment of Blackpool.

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

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

Head of audit and risk

Areas of responsibility:

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

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 weam
  • Administration of Customer First function

Head of business support and resources

Areas of responsibility:

  • Resource allocation
  • School and early years funding
  • School organisation
  • Social care finance and funding
  • Departmental support

Head of care and support

Areas of responsibility:

Head of service leading the delivery of a number of CQC regulated health and social care services and interventions to meet the holistic needs of Blackpool residents:

  • Regulated care services (CQC - Care Quality Commission)
  • Integrated health and social care intermediate care (Residential)
  • ARC
  • Care at home services
  • Reablement
  • Home's best
  • Primary night care team
  • Palliative care team
  • Day Care Services
  • Langdale Daytime Activity Service (Learning disabilities)
  • Keats Day Service (Mental health and wellbeing)
  • Social Care Volunteers Service
  • Shared Lives Service (short breaks, day support and longer term placements)
  • Assistive Technology Service (Vitaline)
  • Residential respite service (learning disabilities)
  • Mental health and wellbeing provider services
  • Phoenix Centre (crisis)

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 strategic multi-agency approach to the management of water and improvements to bathing water quality
  • Strategic and statutory duties in respect of flood risk management including developing a strategy, consenting and enforcing policies, coast protection and surface water management
  • Strategic and 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
  • Delivery of Lancashire and Blackpool Flood Risk Management Strategy
  • Strategic management and monitoring of the council's street lighting and traffic signals private finance initiative

Head of corporate delivery, performance and commissioning

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

Head of customer engagement and life events

Area of responsibility:

  • The post holder is the proper officer with the statutory and legal responsibility for ensuring that the registration of births, deaths and marriages are carried out legally and within due timescales. Leading the registration service in a range of statutory and non-statutory disciplines adhering to statutory timescales, providing and marketing the service to meet the needs of the customers
  • The post holder has responsibility for managing the coroner's support service and its associated budget. The coroner is an independent appointment but the post holder is the council's lead officer and works alongside the coroner (and assistant coroners in the coroner's absence), regarding issues such as staffing, support, planning and budgets
  • The post holder is responsible for the council's crematorium and cemeteries and its associated budgets. Leading a customer focused bereavement service and its facilities, in line with statutory duties and performance targets
  • The post holder is responsible for the customer relations team who facilitate the processes for compliments, comments and MPs/councillors enquiries for children's and adult services The team also have responsibility for the production of statistical information and reports for all council complaints and customer feedback

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
  • Councilors delegated budget
  • School governance

Head of economic and cultural services

Areas of responsibility:

  • The head of economic and cultural services oversees a department which promotes economic and cultural growth and prosperity for all residents
  • The economic development division provides essential business support, advice, training and workspace provision for new and existing businesses to start, grow and create jobs. The award winning work and health team pioneer support to adult job seekers, often with complex needs, to help them gain and sustain employment
  • The cultural services division delivers the full range of library service offers across a network of eight community libraries; maintains the nationally significant Grundy Art Gallery and a range of additional arts provision; cares for and manages the council's extensive heritage collections via the Local History Centre based at Central Library, coordinating community access to Fylde coast built heritage via Heritage Open Days
  • The post contributes to and helps facilitate corporate initiatives, notably the council's business loans fund and other economic development projects

Head of enterprise zones

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

Head of heritage

Areas of responsibility:

  • The head of heritage is responsible for advising the council on its policies and plans to manage, care, develop and exploit the potential of its heritage assets; working in partnership and advocating the needs of Blackpool at a local and national level
  • The post manages a dedicated team of heritage based professionals who oversee and manage the council's historic archives and artefact collections, plus a specialist project team to deliver the Blackpool Museum Project
  • The post plays a key role in driving forward strategic heritage based initiatives, in this capacity the post-holder is the council lead for the delivery of the Blackpool Museum project, a major capital project to develop and deliver Showtown: The museum of fun and entertainment telling the story of the first mass seaside report in the world.

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 councilors

Head of human resources and workforce development

Areas of responsibility:

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

Head of ICT services

Areas of responsibility:

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

Head of key leisure assets

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Asset operator management and communication
  • Tennant management and communication
  • Tower illuminations management
  • Portfolio administration
  • Project management

Head of legal

Areas of Responsibility:

  • The post holder will be responsible for leading, managing, shaping and developing all aspects of the legal service, driving high performance and value for money, building external partnerships, encouraging innovation and embedding cultural change, to help deliver the council's vision
  • To lead and manage the legal service with an emphasis on the development of the service to meet the needs of the council, the advancement of innovative ways of providing legal support to the council and contributing to the effective management of the councils' resources
  • To undertake a personal caseload commensurate with the post, in particular complex work relating to the provision of legal advice and advocacy, drafting of complex documentation and litigation
  • To project lead, control and plan relating to own caseload and help shape and manage that of other team members, to a standard consistent with good practice and LEXCEL standards.

Head of parks, leisure and catering services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Leisure services
  •  School and community catering service
  •  Parks development service
  •  Health, school and community sport
  •  Stanley Park
  •  Marton Mere Nature Reserve

Head of planning - Quality and control

Areas of responsibility

  • Provide appropriate specialist knowledge support to the department in relevant operational functions, ensuring key performance targets are met and procedures are adhered to.
  • Responsible for the overall management of the planning quality and control area of the growing places division, as well as effective delivery and management of statutory processes
  • Have overall management and leadership responsibility for three discrete teams - development management, building control and divisional support, as well as specific responsibility for conservation and heritage

Head of planning strategy

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 procurement and projects

Areas of responsibility:

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

Head of property services

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

Head of public protection and enforcement

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
  • Antisocial Behaviour
  • Community safety operations
  • Security
  • Civil enforcement officers

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 exchequer services manager and the principal revenues manager

Head of service - Children's services

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

Head of service - Children's services

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

Head of service - Children's Services

Areas of responsibility:

  • The head of school standards, safeguarding and Inclusion provides strategic leadership and direction for the school improvement service, learning outside the classroom, school organisation and admissions, school inclusion and safeguarding, Blackpool Music Service and the pupil welfare service and virtual school. As part of this work the Blackpool School Improvement Board governance, strategic planning, direction and oversight is included

Head of service - Children's services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Have strategic leadership and management responsibility for educational psychology service, statutory SEND assessment team, specialist/advisory teaching teams, early years education including SEND, safeguarding children with complex needs
  • Have lead responsibility for the strategic approach to the commissioning of places, and the arrangements and deployment of resources required to meet the identified needs of children and young people with SEND; this includes managing the council's high needs and SEND budgets
  • To be the council lead as part of OFSTED local area inspections of SEND

Head of service - Children's services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Assume lead operational responsibility for a delivery arm in children's services operating in accordance with Blackpool Council policies, procedures and legislative frameworks and guidance
  • Take a lead role in developing services within the designated area in line with legislation, guidance and practice standards ensuring practice safeguards and promotes the welfare of children, young people and their families
  • To work across a range of internal and external partners to ensure there is a systematic approach to practice that operates within a legislative framework, guidance and practice standards relevant to children's services
  • 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 services.  In particular lead on or contribute to the social care aspects of getting to good and outstanding.

Head of service - Children's services

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Assume lead operational responsibility for a delivery arm in children's services operating in accordance with Blackpool Council policies, procedures and legislative frameworks and guidance
  • Take a lead role in developing services within the designated area in line with legislation, guidance and practice standards ensuring practice safeguards and promotes the welfare of children, young people and their families
  • To work across a range of internal and external partners to ensure there is a systematic approach to practice that operates within a legislative framework, guidance and practice standards relevant to children's services
  • 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 services.  In particular lead on or contribute to the social care aspects of getting to good and outstanding

Head of tourism and communications

Areas of responsibility:

  • Corporate communications
  • VisitBlackpool
  • Illuminations
  • Beach patrol
  • Print services
  • Parking services
  • Blackpool Business Leaders Group and relationship with private sector
  • Advertising services

Head of waste and environmental services

Areas of responsibility:

  • Responsible for environmental frontline operations to include street cleansing, beach cleaning, Household Waste Recycling Centre, commercial waste, pest control, dog warden service, alley gate maintenance and waste enforcement. Overall responsibility for Layton Depot and winter maintenance operations

Head of work and health programmes

Areas of responsibility:

  • Lead advisor to the council on adult employment services policy and practice, contributing to the development of council policy based on practical knowledge and experience of implementation of projects; and a detailed understanding of national policy and best practice in own area of expertise
  • Plan, control and lead on a portfolio of complex projects to meet objectives and standards. 
  • Lead contract negotiator with funding partners and prime contractors, responsible for responding to external funding bid opportunities, developing project concepts and new initiatives and to compete effectively for contract funding.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining quality management systems for the service area, in particular ISO9001 QMS, Matrix and other nationally applicable quality standards
  • Responsible for detailing and managing service risks, including business continuity planning, health & safety policies for staff and customers, and ICT security planning and auditing.
  • Represent the service at a senior level within the council, and in multi-agency partnerships and steering groups at regional and national level to ensure the views of the council are understood and case presented fully to stakeholders

Inclusion team coordinator

Areas of responsibility

  • To have a lead responsibility for ensuring the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are met and local targets in improving outcomes.
  • To have strategic leadership and management responsibility for the inclusion team.
  • Provide vision, direction and strategic leadership for the Inclusion Service, ensuring the provision of effective, efficient and high quality support and advice with regard to the education of children and young people with SEND
  • Contribute to strategic developments in line with national and local priorities.
  • Contribute to the delivery of directorate priorities
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of services within SEND
  • To promote inclusion and wellbeing and ensure the needs of vulnerable young people are met
  • Promote the contribution of the inclusion team to the development of effective services for children and young people, families and communities and work in partnership with other senior managers across the LA in order to improve outcomes for children and young people
  • To promote collaborative working with other agencies
  • To develop the inclusion team traded service offer
  • To monitor and develop the assessment and inclusion team advice in determining the special educational needs of pupils living in Blackpool, as part of statutory assessment under the 2014 Children and Families Act (and any replacement arrangements) within agreed timescales.

Independent reviewing officer team manager

Areas of responsibility:

  • Supervision of safeguarding chairs and independent reviewing officers
  • Management of child protection conference process
  • Management of our children reviews
  • Performance management
  • Audits
  • Challenging poor practice and improving outcomes for children

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

Performance, systems and intelligence manager

Areas of responsibility:

  • Providing strategic analysis of the performance of critical service areas, with a particular focus on children's services and schools and education
  • Overseeing the council's management information systems to ensure they underpin evidence-based, intelligent strategic decision making

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.

Programme lead (Headstart)

Areas of responsibility:

• To lead HeadStart, the National Lottery Community  Fund's strategic 5 year programme, aimed at building the resilience of young people 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 work alongside senior leaders to invest the £12 million budget in activities that ensure maximum benefit for young people

• To be responsible for successfully implementing and managing the delivery of this town wide approach and leading on the dissemination of research and wider learning to maximise opportunities for development across the wider partnership

• To be an ambassador for the HeadStart programme locally, nationally and internationally

Programme manager

Areas of responsibility:

  • Managing a portfolio of projects
  • Responsibilities include financial and budgetary management, monitoring and reporting, risk and issues management, procurement, administration, and project management to incept new projects

Public health business manager

Areas of responsibility:

  • Oversee, manage and assure the public health department's business and administrative functions and responsibilities operating within agreed financial limits and corporate governance
  • Provide a high level of strategic management support on a council wide basis to the range of public health programmes and strategies
  • Develop a contract performance management framework within the department
  • Contribute to annual budget setting, identifying savings and budget allocation
  • Ensure public health grant spend is in accordance with government guidelines
  • Collate as required qualitative and quantitative information and lead appropriate analysis to develop robust business cases and project plans
  • Analyse, interpret and present data to highlight issues, risks and support decision making
  • To take a full and active part in the overall management of the management of the directorate to support the delivery of day to day public health activities and projects
  • Facilitate and drive delivery of a range of business initiatives and projects across the team

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

Safeguarding advisor

Areas of responsibility:

  • Safeguarding support for all Blackpool schools and colleges
  • Supervision for DSL and safeguarding Leads in all schools
  • Advice for all schools and settings
  • DSL training for all education settings
  • Commissioning of safeguarding audits for all educational settings
  • Providing PREVENT training for all schools' staff
  • Member of the Channel and Prevent Boards
  • Support the work of the LADO in respect of school settings
  • Enable effective communication between children's social care and educational settings in safeguarding children

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
  • 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

Senior project and valuation manager

Areas of responsibility:

  • To actively contribute to the creation, development, implementation and review of the growth and prosperity strategic plan
  • To identify, develop, market and secure new and compelling commercial and residential investment opportunities, primarily within Blackpool, and also outside the borough.
  • To be the principal point of contact for all inward investment and commercial development enquiries including responsibility for proactively promoting investment opportunities to the developer/investor market
  • Lead in professional negotiations with developers/investors
  • Ensure robust project assessment and appraisals are undertaken
  • Manage the process of obtaining appropriate project approvals using applicable procedures and guidelines
  • Maintain excellent developer/investor relationships
  • Liaison with external funding bodies e.g. Homes and Communities Agency
  • To provide commercial valuation advice in relation to the deliverability of projects.
  • To write business plans and seek new funding streams from capital/revenue budgets, local authority borrowing and other sources.

Senior Public Health Practitioner

Areas of responsibility:

  • Leading on the oral health strategy
  • Leading on the 0-19's children's public health including commissioning
  • Leading on the healthy weight strategy and developing the work of the local authority Declaration on health weight
  • Public health lead for the health and wellbeing board
  • Health needs assessment

Senior service manager - Special educational needs

Areas of responsibility:

  • Lead operational responsibility for the areas of Inclusion for young people aged 0-25, early years and the Better Start agenda within the special educational needs team operating in accordance with Blackpool Council policies, procedures and legislative frameworks and guidance
  • Take a lead role in developing the special educational needs team 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 the special educational needs service and early years.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and development of the service
  • Deputise for the head of service in their absence

Senior special educational needs officer

Areas of Responsibility:

  • To contribute within the directorate in the development of strategy, policy and provision for children with SEND in line with local priorities and taking account of national developments.
  • To ensure that the council meets its statutory and policy obligations in relation to children and young people with SEND for the production of education, health and care plans
  • To work effectively with other services and colleagues, to ensure that achievement and attainment gaps are closed for pupils with SEND
  • To promote the vision, development, coordination and championing of the SEND assessment Team
  • To professionally support and ensure the provision of formal supervision of the SEND assessment team
  • To ensure that the needs of parents, children and young people are properly considered in all aspects of process and plan development; to work in a co-productive way

Service development manager practice and performance

Areas of responsibility:

  • To support the heads of service, service managers and team managers in children's services with a cycle of improve, embed, review and improve across areas of practice and service development with a focus on the impact of practice on children and families
  • Ensuring that planned activities take place, are supported and improvements are tracked.
  • Following up on the actions agreed in improvement plans and recommended by external and internal reviews/ inspections
  • Supporting the preparation of key services for external and internal review
  • Participate in national sector led improvement activity and embed learning in Blackpool
  • This post is an expert in their field and facilitator of change. The post will have influence and responsibility in children's social care and be focused on the areas of council activity subject to most external scrutiny and which serve the most vulnerable children and families in the town

Service manager - Capital projects

Areas of Responsibility:

  • To lead and manage the council's capital works section, comprising of a multi-disciplinary team of property professionals, responsible for design, cost management and project management of major capital projects
  • To lead the design team in the delivery of numerous major projects by undertaking the full range of pre and post contract quantity surveying services including cost consultancy to ensure the effective and timely delivery of best value services that comply with all statutory building and design requirements and council policy
  • As a senior manager support the delivery of business plan targets and outcomes for the service, ensuring the service delivers against its targets
  • Service manager capital projects will engage and manage external professional consultants, liaise with external funding bodies and external clients to provide a full and extensive capital delivery service

Service manager - Children and families hub

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 - Early help

Areas of responsibility:

  • Family hubs and children's centre
  • Family time team delivering family contact
  • Families together team delivering family group conferences
  • Family practitioner team offering specialist support regarding sexual health and substance misuse for young people
  • Leaving care services

Service manager early years

Areas of responsibility:

  • To lead and coordinate the early years service including SEND and portage
  • To work collaboratively across the Early Years sector to lead on the provision of advice, guidance, training, support and challenge to EYFS practitioners in all sectors across Blackpool about all matters relating to the EYFS and SEND
  • To liaise with professional partners across the local area to ensure children have their SEND needs met, and the LA meets statutory duties in relation to Early Years
  • To undertake, disseminate and lead on the moderation arrangements for statutory and non-statutory assessments in the EYFS
  • To manage and supervise Blackpool portage service by following the code of practice and registration criteria as laid out by the National Portage Association [NPA]

Service manager - Families in need

Areas of responsibility:

  • Responsibility for managing families in need- whole family early help service
  • Delivery of national troubled families programme
  • Management of PAUSE programme

Service manager - Looked after children (permanence teams)

Areas of responsibility:

  • The teams are made up of 4 team managers, 8 senior social workers and 21 social workers 
  • We ensure our children are safe in our care, have quality placements that meet their needs, have the opportunity to stay healthy, have good education and are supported to transition into adulthood. Our children and young people are supported in their transition into independence ensuring quality accommodation is available that is affordable, manageable and to a good standard
  • Supporting our children is also responsible for the undertaking of court proceedings when a child/young person becomes looked after.  We are responsible for making appropriate and timely permanence decisions for those children who come into the care of the local authority.  This is to be done with delay and within the timescales of the child and young person
  • We constantly review the children and young people who are in our care to ensure that where possible we are working with families and assessing their ability to have the children and young people back in their care. In addition we work closely with our colleagues in fostering, adoption and placement searches to look into alternative permanence plans for our children and young people such as Special Guardianship Orders.

Service manager - Looked after children (placement services)

Areas of responsibility:

  • Areas of responsibility include three residential children's homes, the fostering team and the adoption team.
  • Manage the performance of team managers ensuring required standards are met and that continuous development and improvement is demonstrated and practice that falls below the expected standard is managed
  • Provide professional line management support, supervision and direction to staff in accordance with council policy to team managers
  • Prepare reports, discussion documents as required relating to my designated areas of responsibility relating to service delivery, development, performance and practice matters
  • Offer advice and support to service staff and internal and external stakeholders at all levels in the organisation including elected members and the director of children's services.

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 NHS and CC 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 reapproval
  • 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, probation, etc
  • To be responsible for ensuring that complaints are dealt with in agreed timescales and to an appropriate standard

Service manager - Quality assurance and compliance

Areas of responsibility:

  • To ensure that practice within the local authority is compliant, of good quality and that we understand our own performance.
  • To line manage the quality assurance and practice development aspects of the service.
  • To act as the agency decision maker for the authority in relation to fostering and adoption.
  • To strategically oversee and quality assure the fostering and adoption panels.

Service manager - Safeguarding

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 - Special educational needs

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Direct line management responsibility of team managers in the following areas:-
  • SEN team, SEN admin team, children's services policy and information officer, supporting children with complex needs team (children's social care)
  • Supporting children's social care as part of their Ofsted improvement journey and involved in quality assurance, safeguarding and relationships with partner agencies/stakeholders including (but not limited to) police, DfE, Ofsted
  • Complaints officer for the whole SEND service, and also facilitate mediation/issues resolution
  • Responsible for implementing/reviewing policy and practice across all areas, but particularly in relation to statutory compliance with EHCP processes and children's social care procedures. Representative involved in all legal planning meetings and providing representation to the courts (when requested) about senior manager narrative for case management
  • Responsibility for budgetary approval including external contracts, and agency commissioning.  I am also a key stakeholder in revising service delivery and improvements.
  • Responsible for tracking and monitoring compliance and service improvements as well as ensuring individual team performance by way of regular data reporting.
  • Provision of service delivery reports for scrutiny at director level, and action plans for service development
  • Responsible for undertaking both individual and service level risk assessments
  • Responsibility as being a direct point of contact for the parent carers forum and partner stakeholders to cement improvements in co-production and multiagency working
  • Chair and partake in a number of multiagency strategic panels to explore wider compliance, both internally and externally, commissioning, case management and implementation of pan Lancashire strategies.  I also have a role in multi agency learning reviews where concerns have been raised about social work practice
  • Linking with social work England to drive forward practice standards and ensure we are compliant as a service with professional standards.

Service manager - Strengthening and supporting families

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Provide quality leadership and management whilst ensuring delivery of effective and efficiency in SSF
  •  Effectively manage the performance of team managers ensuring required standards are met, continuous development and improvement are demonstrated and practice that falls below the expected standard is managed
  • Via a highly motivated and focussed team you will robustly review practice within your team ensuring the delivery of a high quality of service to children, young people and families, which is perceived as helpful and is underpinned by the values and principals of Blackpool Families Rock
  • Ensure that service delivery is compliant with legislation, government policy initiatives, guidance and practice standards, underpinned by evidence based approaches aimed at improving outcomes for children and families, and keeping children and young people safe.
  • Ensure agreed service performance targets are met and plans are in place to bring about continuous development and improvement in SSF

Service manager - Targeted intervention service (youth offending)

  • Areas of responsibility:
  • Service manager leads the development and delivery of the youth justice services and assumes lead operational responsibility in accordance with Blackpool Council policies, procedures, legislative frameworks and guidance
  • Works in partnership with internal and external stakeholders at all levels and provides expert advice, guidance and briefing sessions on a range of youth justice matters aimed at advancing practice and service development
  • Take a lead role in developing services within the youth justice area in line with legislation, guidance and practice standards ensuring practice manages risk, safeguards and promotes the welfare of children, young people and their families
  • Plan, manage and monitor service budget and commissioning requirements, taking into account service demand and the need to ensure children and young people at risk are safeguarded and protected

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