A welcome to our children and young people’s service from corporate director Stuart Carlton.

Stuart Carlton, Coporate Director, Children and Young People's Service North Yorkshire County Council.

Welcome - thank you for your interest in this post.

As the newly appointed corporate director of our children and young people's service I am relishing my new role and meeting the challenges ahead; one of these is to appoint to the pivotal role of assistant director children and young people's service.

North Yorkshire is England's largest county and a beautiful, vibrant place to live and work.

North Yorkshire County Council has a reputation for delivering high quality services. Its children's services are nationally recognised for their excellence, taking a national lead to share best practise.

As a council, we have an immensely successful track record. We consistently score well in inspections and are amongst the top scoring when compared to other county councils. We also have a good story to tell when it comes to value for money, service delivery and positive impact in North Yorkshire’s communities.

Following our recent independent Local Government Association (LGA) peer review we received one of the most positive reports they had ever written:

  • 'North Yorkshire County Council is a very good council - its services are highly regarded and the peer review team witnessed areas of excellence ....[it] has a clear understanding of the challenges and the opportunities that the county council and the county face.'

The review gave tremendous feedback to our children's services, referring to them as outstanding and providing a beacon for other authorities grappling with the challenges of delivering excellent outcomes for families and children while operating under a constrained budget.

Isabelle Trowler - chief social worker shares her views on NYCC's children and young people's service.

The annual LGC Awards are among the most coveted awards to local authorities and we were delighted to be shortlisted in four categories for the LGC Awards 2017, including the Council of the Year and Children's Services category. We were up against very stiff competition but were delighted to win Partnership of the year for our Children and Young People's Multi-agency Screening Team. We were also very pleased to be given 'highly commended' for both Council of the Year and for our Children's Services. This success clearly indicates the commitment and professional expertise of our workforce as well as our creativity and 'can do' attitude in the face of challenging times.

Whilst what we do, we do well, we are not complacent and with true Yorkshire resilience we constantly strive for improvement. There are significant challenges facing our children's service and the council as a whole. We are delivering our 2020 North Yorkshire Programme which is an ambitious programme to realign the council in the face of significantly reduced funding levels. The programme contains major changes in how the council will operate and represents a significant undertaking. The only way to address the magnitude of the challenge is by an equally ambitious programme of change. It is more important than ever that we work in genuine partnership, are crystal clear about our priorities, and are resolutely focussed on improving outcomes.

Our children's service face a particular challenge to maintain our Good Ofsted rating whilst striving to be outstanding across the board; we need to ensure effective progression for our looked after children and, of course, closing the funding gap. At this exciting but challenging time, we are looking to appoint to the pivotal role of assistant director children and families following the retirement of the current post holder, Judith Hay.

We are looking for a professional, influential assistant director to drive change, help define our future direction, influence key stakeholders and support service improvement in the children and young people's service directorate and across the council.

Our successful track record provides a great foundation for a new assistant director to shape exciting, innovative approaches and make their mark in this role and on a national stage. This presents an ideal opportunity for an aspirational head of service or an existing assistant director on their journey towards director of children's services.

Want to learn more? In the video below, I talked briefly to Judith Hay about some of her highlights and challenges during her time in the role of assistant director children and families.

You can find more information on our children and young people's service here.

For information about the role and to apply take a look here.

If you are interested in making your mark within children and young people’s service in North Yorkshire, then we look forward to receiving your application.
Stuart Carlton
Corporate director, children and young people's service
North Yorkshire County Council.

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