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Head of Safeguarding - London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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LPO9 - £69,843 - £78,117

Job description

Role Purpose

A vibrant and diverse borough, from the soaring heights of Canary Wharf to the bustling street market on Petticoat Lane, Tower Hamlets is home to some of London's most recognisable street scenes. This vibrant borough is also one of London's most diverse: a proud melting pot of cultures and traditions that makes Tower Hamlets such a unique place to live, work, learn and do business. Based in East London, with excellent transport links and in close proximity to Canary Wharf, our borough is a fascinating place to work. In addition to possessing a rich history and heritage, we have a strong corporate commitment to excellence and progress, with service to the community at the heart of everything we do.

It is an exciting time in Tower Hamlets and a great opportunity to join the Council and help shape its future. Tower Hamlets has an established Lexcel accredited Legal Team that provides services to the Council across the full range of its functions. We strive to provide excellent services and pride ourselves on the exciting variety of work we undertake in-house. We have recently restructured our service to increase resilience, better align with the Council's functions and meet its changing needs, and are now looking for experienced and highly motivated professionals to join the team.

Flexible working is available including working from home for part of the working week after a settling in period.

Contract Type
Working Arrangement
Full time
Vacancy Hours

Key Responsibilities

You will have management oversight of the Children and Adults Safeguarding teams each led by a Principal lawyer.You will be the lead advisor and relationship manager for the portfolio of work undertaken by the team.

You will be able to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to lead a multi-disciplinary team, advise senior officers and members of the council and command the confidence and respect of colleagues. You will use your expertise to find innovative and creative solutions to complex issues.


You must be a Qualified Solicitor/Barrister or Fellow of CILEX and hold a practising certificate.

Tests and Interviews will be held on 7 February 2020.

More information relating to the position

Head of Safeguarding