Education and Social Services Department

The Education and Social Services Department is comprised of elements from the former Adult Social Care and Children’s Services Departments, and is responsible for a number of services for adults and children and young people. These include Education, Youth Services, Student Finances and Social Care Services. The department is divided into 6 divisions.

Business Resources

This division includes financial services, performance and quality management – including complaints, public information, the on-going monitoring of service provider contracts with the council, learning disability day services and staff learning and development.

Children’s Specialist Services

This division includes Children Looked After, Family and Community Services (which will include the front door services for children and the Family Information Service (FIS) and support for users of the Early Help IT system, alongside the new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), and Safeguarding Standards.

Commissioning Partnerships and Procurement

This division consists of a number of provisions commissioned to provide mental health services across the borough.

Education and Performance Planning

This division consists of Contracts and Schools, HR, Education Inclusion Service, Schools Standards and Improvement, Schools ICT, SEN and Disabilities, and the School and Community Psychology Service.

Operations Division

This division includes all the social workers and occupational therapists, the enablement service and specialist teams providing social work support to young people with learning disabilities into adulthood, the sensory needs rehabilitation officers and the deaf drop-in service.  The first point of contact, the Access Team, is also managed in this division.

Prevention and Intervention

This division consists of Early Years and Interventions Support Service, Youth Offending Team, Youth Support Teams and Youth Work Services.