Salary: £32234 – £38890

Shift hours: Full Time

In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes.  Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to children who are looked after.  

The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families.  It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on intervention and keeping families together. 

Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does.  We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support, high challenge and manageable caseloads.  Children’s Services is proud of its workforce, who are committed, dedicated, and work to a high standard. We are seeking other like minded practitioners who would like to join us.  We pride ourselves on building relationships with families and partners and hold respectful practice at the centre of all we do.

The Commissioning and Partnership Service ensures that good quality, value-for-money services are in place for children and families that meet their needs wherever possible close to home, school, family and friends.  The service leads on the development of strong and effective partnership working across agencies, working collaboratively with the health sector and with other Children’s Services and Trusts across the region.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

  • Are you committed and passionate about improving services and outcomes for children, young people and families?
  • Do you have excellent project management skills and the ability to build successful relationships with a wide range of stakeholders?
  • Can you ensure that the services we have in place for children are high quality, meet need and are value for money?

If so we want to hear from you!

Coventry City Council is seeking a commissioner to work in the Children’s Commissioning Team. The role involves working in partnership with stakeholders to develop, commission and implement a variety of outcome-based services for looked after children. You will take lead responsibility for the commissioning of a variety of allocated projects including residential children’s home and support services for children in care.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic individual with experience of working within a health or social care environment with either children and young people or vulnerable adults in an operational, commissioning or contract management role.

You will need to be committed to ensuring that our children have the best possible services in place and able to analyse need, develop a range of commissioning options, write complex reports and use all elements of the commissioning cycle.

You will be excellent at building relationships and experienced in partnership working including challenging and negotiating. You will need to have a proven track record of managing projects to deliver the desired outcomes, working in a fast-paced environment and effectively prioritising and managing your own workload.

You must have safeguarding and quality at the heart of all you do and be committed to ensuring that children and young people are involved in the development and review of services.

We are a small and supportive team of commissioners and contract officers responsible for commissioning provision for looked after children including residential, fostering and supported accommodation placements and additional support services such as supervised contact and advocacy. The services we commission play a vital role in improving the lives of children in care and the work is rewarding and challenging.

You will be joining Coventry City Council at an exciting time and working within Children’s Services, which is part of the People Directorate.

For further information about the role or an informal conversation please contact Penny Kay, Team Manager on 024 7697 6879 or email penny.kay@coventry.gov.uk

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled ‘Coventry City Council Application Process’

Interview date(s): 27th and 28th July 2021

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There’s a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you’re happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We’ve created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

Reference: VPEB068024

Location: Coventry, CV1 2GN