Head of Children’s Social Care (Deputy Chief Officer) – £94,546

Vivien Lines

Vivien Lines, Head of Children’s Social Care (Deputy Chief Officer)

Roles and responsibilities

As Head of Service, Vivien is responsible for all children’s social work services in Devon, working with partners to keep the most vulnerable children safer within their families where possible, and where this is not possible to ensure effective planning for permanence through the looked after system. This includes services for disabled children, young offenders and the services provided by Adopt South West.

Vivien supports the Chief Officer for Children’s Services to work closely with partners, particularly in education and health, to look at how the whole system in Devon, including universal, targeted and specialist services, can ensure children and families are provided with the right service at the right time in response to need, and making sure we are using our resources effectively.


Vivien has been qualified as a social worker for 30 years and is an experienced senior manager with 15 years’ experience in leadership posts in children’s services in local authorities in the Midlands, London and the South West.

Vivien is committed to improving the quality of social work practice and its impact on the lives of children and young people through strong and effective partnerships and skilled and supported staff teams.

See the direct reports for Head of Children’s Social Care below:

childrens social care chart july 2021

Vivien’s direct reports are:

  • Fran Giblin: Locality Director, North
  • Rachel Gillott: Locality Director, South
  • Kath Drescher: Head of Adopt South West
  • Sarah Moran: Improvement Lead
  • Debbie Raymond: Improvement Director
  • Julie Mepham: Senior Manager, Corporate Parenting (Interim)
  • Jenny-Ellen Scotland: Locality Director, Exeter, and Youth Offending Service
  • Jacqueline Sims: Locality Director, Mid and East

Please note that due to the implementation of a new HR system the links to structure charts are not currently available. We are working on a new process in order to be able to provide this information again.