Children, Young People and Learning

The Children, Young People and Learning (CYPL) department provides a range of support and services for children, young people and their families to help them achieve good outcomes in life.


The Director of CYPL is Nikki Edwards. She reports directly to the Chief Executive and has responsibility for the delivery of a wide range of statutory functions including education and children’s social care.

The department is organised into three branches, each led by a Chief Officer. A summary of the services which each branch provides are detailed below:

Children's social care

Children’s social care is responsible for assessing the help and support needed for children and their families with specialist needs, including Child Protection. This branch is responsible for:

  • Referral and Assessment
  • Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • Under 11s
  • Administration
  • Children's Specialist Support
  • Larchwood
  • Access to Records
  • Short Breaks
  • FGC Co-Ordinator
  • CSE/Missing Lead
  • Over 11s
  • Family Placement
  • Life Chances
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Leaving Care Service
  • Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Service

Learning and Achievement

Members of this branch provide support to schools as well as specialist training to raise standards and improve educational outcomes for children and young people living in the borough. This branch is responsible for:

  • Behaviour Support
  • Community Learning and Skills
  • Education Library Service
  • Education Welfare
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service
  • Governor Services
  • Looked After Children’s Education Services including the virtual school
  • Post 16 Education Training and Skills Team 
  • Pupil Referral Service
  • Safeguarding and Inclusion
  • School Improvement Service
  • South East Grid for Learning
  • Special Educational Needs Team
  • Targeted Services

Strategy, Resources and Early Help

Strategy, Resources and Early Help has a broad remit which includes early help, prevention and strategic services. This includes a range of direct support to all of the borough schools and across the department. This branch is responsible for:

  • Child Participation
  • Commissioning and Policy
  • Conference and Review Team
  • Early Years, Childcare and Play
  • Education Capital and Property
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • ICT
  • IASS (Information Advice and Support Service)
  • LSCB
  • Performance Management
  • Policy and Research
  • School Admissions
  • Statutory Complaints
  • Youth Services

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