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Fairfield House 8 Lothian Road, EH22 3AA
£98,349 per year
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36 hours per week

Job Vacancy


We are looking to appoint a Chief Officer - Children’s Services, Partnerships and Communities & Deputy Chief Social Work Officer who can provide creative and innovative leadership as a member of our senior leadership structure within the Children Young People and Partnerships Division of the People and Partnerships Directorate. Working in Midlothian presents an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to take us forward in our desire to be a high performing, citizen-focused and modern local authority. Working for the fastest growing local authority in Scotland, the Chief Officer - Children’s Services, Partnerships and Communities will deliver forward-looking services fit for a modern 21st Century organisation. The post holder will have a key role leading Children’s Services transformation and will oversee the following service areas:

  • Duty and Early Assessment Teams
  • The Promise/Corporate Parenting
  • 0-12 and 12+ Teams
  • Midlothian Housing project, Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children
  • Family Group Decisions Making Service
  • Two Local Care Homes for children and young people
  • Family Centred Care (Fostering/Adoption/Continuing Care)
  • Reviewing Officers
  • Midlothian Family Wellbeing Service
  • Hawthorn Family Learning Centre

A key priority is to develop our organisation and, in turn our community, through the development of our people. We are committed to creating a supportive, people-centred environment and developing a highly-valued employee benefits package supported by our council vision ‘Midlothian: A Great Green Place to Grow’.

The largest employer in the area, Midlothian Council employs circa 4000 people. You can make a real difference to the people who live and work here. The role offers the opportunity to collaborate with the local community while working in a dynamic and flexible environment.

We are a forward-looking organisation committed to improving the services we deliver while putting the customer at the centre of service delivery. The council serves a growing population estimated at approximately 90,000. The population is the fastest growing in Scotland. It is predicted to rise to 99,000 by 2027, in a geographical area of 35,527 hectares.

We recognise our most valuable assets are our people. We strive to be an employer of choice by providing a range of benefits to recruit and retain the best people.

To learn more about Midlothian Council visit . If you require further information on the post then please contact the current postholder Joan Tranent, Chief Officer – Children’s Services Partnerships and Communities & Chief Social Work Officer via

Lorraine.O’ or

Closing Date: 29th May 2024

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Post Title: Chief Officer - Children’s Services, Partnerships & Communities and Deputy CSWO

Directorate: Children, Young People and Parnership

Grade: Chief Officer

Salary: £98,349

Location: The post is based at the Council Campus in Dalkeith, although the postholder may be required to work anywhere within Midlothian.

Hours of Duty: The contracted hours are 36 hours per week. However, the postholder will be expected to work the hours required to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of the position.


This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Adults under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children and adults.
Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children and Adults, You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit

Additional Information

If you have difficulty applying for this post or accessing attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please call 0131 271 3063 to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

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