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 Dr Janette Karklins. 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 the:

  • After Care Team
  • Children's Specialist Support Team
  • Domestic Abuse Perpetrators Service
  • Duty and Assessment Team
  • Family Adolescent Support Team
  • Family Group Conferencing
  • Family Intervention Project
  • Family Placement Team
  • Over 11’s Team
  • Under 11’s Team
  • Youth Offending 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 Intervention

Strategy, Resources and Early Intervention has a broad remit which includes early intervention, 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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