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Inspection Readiness Lead
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/829/19593
  • Published: Mon 06/12/2021, 14:31 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 13/12/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £45,734 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Leatherhead

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Inspection Readiness Lead

The starting salary for this role is £45,734 per annum for a 36 hour working week.

The Quality and Performance service are responsible for many aspects of quality assurance within Children, Families, Learning and Communities.

The Inspection Readiness Leads work closely with and alongside frontline professionals, Independent Chairs, LADOs, our Audit and Practice Standards Team and multi-agency partners to implement our Practice Learning Framework and the countywide themed audit programme.

Auditing and inspection readiness work is a crucial part of Surrey’s Practice Learning Framework, and an important part of the work across our Quality and Performance service which is responsible for collating and reporting overall findings from the inspection readiness programme, and making recommendations for improving practice that will, in turn, support improving outcomes for children. 

We are seeking an inspection leads who can assist with our inspection readiness and preparation, you will have previous experience of  operating at team manager level, with experience of audit and quality assurance activity to be able to work alongside practitioners and managers.

As one of Inspection Readiness Lead you will be able to recognise, evaluate, and support learning from practice by confidently applying legislation, practice standards, policy, and a strengths-based approach in order to achieve Surrey’s drive to improve safeguarding services for children and families.

To be shortlisted to interview for this role, your application will clearly evidence:

  • Experience of working within children and families in Social Work capacity and further experience as a manager, experience with quality assuring practice, and/or understanding of Ofsted preparation and requirements.
  • An ability to evaluate and critically analyse service delivery and outcomes for children and families.
  • Flexibility and interpersonal skills that allow you to work with every layer within the organisation from children, parents, multi-agency partners, frontline practitioners, and senior managers.
  • A Social Work degree / Social Work England registration / Minimum level experience as Team Manager

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 13th December 2021.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 27/01/2022.

This is a 3 month secondment / fixed term contract with the ability to be extended.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Tracey Brawley on 07841 912 049 or by e-mail at, or Kasey Senior at 

We look forward to receiving your application. 


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.