Thank you for your interest in this very important role at Cheshire East Council. Following the local elections in May 2019 a new administration was formed between Elected Members from the Labour and Independent Group.  The administration is committed to delivering children and young people centered services across the Borough and is equally committed to deliver improved outcomes for all our residents.

The post-holder in this critical role will be supported by an existing team of Heads of Services in key areas of safeguarding, fostering and adoption, cared for children and care leavers and Child in Need/Child protection services.  Our ambition is for Cheshire East to be a great place to be young!

Mark Palethorpe, Executive Director of People – DCS & DASS

The People Directorate is made up of children’s services, adults services, public health and communities.  The key functions which support the Council’s ambitions are protecting and supporting all our children and young people to ensure they have the best start in life and to thrive in all they do. We are responsible for essential frontline services which are important to our children and families working with all our key partners and elected members as corporate parents.

I joined the Council in September 2016 and was attracted by the challenge of getting our children’s services to good and outstanding.  As a Directorate, we have already made significant progress in a number of areas and improved the quality of our children’s services significantly since 2015. Our last ILACS inspection in 2019 was very close to getting good so we have a strong base to work from.  There is still lots more to do and this role will support us in striving for improved outcomes for children and young people realising the ambitions of our all our children and young people.

Keeping the voice of the children at the heart of everything we do is key as we work towards an effective recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.  We must have an even greater focus on our vulnerable children and ensure they have a safe and sustainable start in life.

Thank you for your interest in this very important role. If you are successful, you will join an ambitious and dedicated team and will help us make Cheshire East the best place to be young!