Welcome to early help and children’s social care

Councillor Alisa Flemming, Cabinet member for children and young people

“Croydon is a phenomenal place – with layers of history, diverse cultures and opportunity. Come and explore Croydon for yourself and you’ll see this reflected in the historic market and town centre, as well as the street art, Boxpark and local district centres. I love living here – and I feel proud to call myself a Croydonian. I am excited about the changes that are taking place. The investment into infrastructure, jobs and educational provision within the borough will help to transform many lives.”

“Croydon has more young people aged 0-19 years old living here than any other London borough. As a result it is a fantastically vibrant and creative place to live. We want to ensure that we give all of our youth the best possible start in life through supportive services such as the Best Start programme aimed at 0-19 year olds, right through to our educational and cultural offers, and for those families that may need extra support through children’s services.”

“Our vision for children’s services is that children who live here will be safe, healthy, happy and will aspire to be the best they can be. After all the future is theirs.”

“As lead member for children and young people I am committed to overseeing the delivery of this vision. This is one of our top priorities and we are investing a further £10 million into front line social work services in Croydon to ensure that you have all that is necessary to deliver outcomes for children, young people and families’.”

“If you are looking for a challenging, but most definitely rewarding place to work, Croydon could be the answer. I look forward to you joining us to continue the work of transforming lives and changing future’s.”

Robert Henderson, Executive Director Children, Families & Education

rob-h“I am the Executive Director of Croydon and have recently come into post after being the Director of Children Services in two other London Boroughs. I came to Croydon because of its ambition to deliver outstanding outcomes for children and young people and its clear focus on prevention, early intervention and innovation. The energy in Croydon is contagious and there are many brilliant colleagues doing brilliant work with young people.

Children’s services in Croydon have faced up to some tough challenges over the past few years as we accepted the disappointing Ofsted judgement. The whole council set out with determination to make lasting and sustainable improvements, and the level of support for the service is substantial. Children’s services are a major priority for the council and we are enjoying extensive political and corporate support, including major investment. We are now on a clear path to deliver outstanding outcomes for children and young people and with pace.

Our focus is on working with children and young people in our communities, delivering services at the earliest opportunity. We passionately believe in supporting children to remain in their families wherever possible and to work alongside children and their families to achieve this – doing it with, not to. We are committed to creating a strengths based service based on systemic practice, restorative approaches and care and kindness to our families and staff. We are a service based on integrity and moral purpose supporting the most vulnerable and tackling social exclusion and poverty. We are committed to working with the whole family and meeting their needs collectively.

Croydon is a place where you can make a real difference to the lives of children and their families. You can work with a wide range of needs, sometimes complex, and you can really grow your skills and practice. It is a place where you can influence what happens, and our social workers have been instrumental in helping us to develop our improvement plan. Their input, energy and determination has been invaluable, and will continue to be so. If you have a passion for social work, for making a difference and for improving lives, then come and be part of our improvement journey. We look forward to receiving your application.”