Thurrock Council

Children's Safeguarding Lawyer - Team Leader

West Thurrock, Grays
£37,266 to £48,600
16 May 2018
17 Jun 2018
Practice area
Children law, Public law
Full time
Contract type

Children's Safeguarding Lawyer - Team Leader

Our vision is to be a Legal Service that is recognised nationally as best practice in the public sector. We are looking for a Team Leader for Children’s Safeguarding  to join our busy forward thinking team to provide high quality legal services to officers across Thurrock to enable them to meet their objectives. You need to be committed to delivering a client focused service that adds value, ensuring a consistent approach to service delivery and delivering best value. The shared Legal Services is actively involved in shaping and developing the delivery of its service across both authorities and are committed to increasing resilience. This is an exciting opportunity for a hard-working and committed team player.

The successful candidate, whilst demonstrating a working knowledge of local government law, will have the ability to manage a team of children’s safeguarding lawyers as well as holding their own caseload and providing high quality advice for internal clients. At times the successful candidate will be expected to deputise for the Deputy Head of Legal. You will have a detailed knowledge of the law relating to children and families and be able to develop existing advocacy skills to represent the council in complex contest the proceedings. The successful candidate will be able to evidence personal commitment to continuous self-development and service improvement.

You will be qualified solicitor, barrister or chartered legal executive with advocacy certificate, able and committed to work in a flexible manner including outside normal office hours, when the role necessitates the same. You will be a key member of the group confident and able to work independently on your own initiative.

For an informal discussion on this role please contact Lindsey Marks, Principal Solicitor Children’s and Adult’s Safeguarding on 07530 262528.

Our vision – an ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.

Here at Thurrock council we are striving to unlock sustainable growth, and lay the foundations for future growth and prosperity of the area.  Situated on the north side of the River Thames bordering Essex, Kent and East London, Thurrock is an area of great contrast, with a well-balanced mixture of beauty and business.  We are determined to improve Thurrock as a place, ensuring we are providing the best services for the people of Thurrock whilst offering the opportunity of prosperity.

Thurrock council is bucking the trend seen across most local authorities, we have a forecast balanced budget to 2021/22 which will provide the council with unique opportunities to change how we do things and improve the offer to our residents and businesses.  Our aim is to create a place where people and businesses want to stay and thrive, and developers and investors want to invest.

We have an exciting and ambitious agenda to deliver here at Thurrock council with £20billion of new investment planned for homes, jobs and infrastructure including £6billion being invested in private sector jobs; 24,500 new jobs planned over the next 20 years - working towards a future where every resident has a good job and £100million new investment in our schools – to ensure our education offer is first class, whilst building upon 97% of our primary schools being “good” or better.

Thurrock is a diverse place, known not only for its ports and logistics centres but home of the Royal Opera House and the expanding intu Lakeside Shopping Centre. Thurrock’s heritage, wildlife sites and breath-taking countryside offer the best of both being perfectly positioned just 35 minutes from central London.

Thurrock Council is an Investors in People (IIP) Gold accredited employer and committed to equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident Employer, disabled people will be offered an interview where they meet all essential criteria on the person specification. We champion flexible working and job share applications are welcome.

We serve a diverse community where people are different yet equal. Diversity underpins everything we do.

If you want to be part of an ambitious, exciting yet challenging council, where you can really make a difference join #TeamThurrock now!

How to Apply

Please apply online by clicking Apply. Please  submit your CV and Cover Letter detailing how your skills and experience match the job profile and person specification. If you have any difficulties in submitting an application form please email

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