Welcome to early help and children’s
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.”
Eleni Ioannides, interim Executive Director Children’s Services
“As an interim director, I have worked in many local authorities and have only recently come to Croydon. What has been exhilarating for me as I’ve met staff working at all levels in children’s social care is the sense of passion and commitment I’ve felt, seen and heard.
Children’s services in Croydon have faced up to some tough challenges over the past year as we accepted the disappointing Ofsted judgement. The whole council set out with determination to make lasting improvements, and the level of support for the service is palpable. Children’s services are a major priority for the council and we are enjoying extensive political and corporate support, including major investment. Our last monitoring report from Ofsted recognises the improvements to date, noting that Croydon is “progressing well in implementing their improvement plan and they have quickly responded to issues identified in the first monitoring visit”. We are heading in the right direction but still have a lot to do.
So, 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.”