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Children's services directorate responsibilities

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Director of children's services

Gail Hopper

  • Early help, early intervention and early years services.
  • Children with disabilities and special educational needs.
  • Services to schools and school improvement.
  • Children’s social care.
  • Safeguarding unit.
  • Youth Justice Service.
  • Practice improvement, performance and quality assurance.
  • Children’s joint commissioning.
  • Youth service.
  • Raising participation and skills.
  • Strengthening families. 

Head of safeguarding

Susan Thomas

  • Independent reviewing officers.
  • Safeguarding board.
  • Safeguarding unit.

Assistant director of children's social services

Julia Hassall

  • Mass and initial response.
  • Adoption services.
  • Fostering services.​
  • Children's homes.
  • Child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS).
  • Child protection response.
  • Cared for children.
  • Care leavers.
  • Emergency duty team​.
  • Youth Justice Service.​

Head of cared for children

Mike Blower (interim)

  • Cared for children and care leavers.
  • CAMHS.
  • Youth Justice Service​​.​

Head of child protection and care proceedings

Pamela Wharton

  • Emergency duty team.
  • Public law outline.
  • Child protection.
  • Family Time Service.

Head of provider services

​Ian Godfrey (interim)

  • Fostering.
  • Adoption.
  • Children's homes.
  • Commissioning and placements.​​

Head of complex safeguarding

Liz Stenton (interim)

  • Sunrise.
  • ACT.
  • Missing from home.
  • ​Pre-birth service.​​

Assistant director of early help and schools

Sandra Bowness

  • Special education needs and children with disabilities.
  • Schools organisation and development schools – primary and secondary.
  • Services to schools.
  • Early Years and children's centres.
  • Joint commissioning and Integration.​
  • Early help and stronger families.
  • Youth service.

Family service model strategic lead

Amanda Highland-Partington

  • Early help.
  • Safeguarding hub.

Head of special educational needs (SEN) and children with disabilities (CWD)

Michael Kemp

  • Special educational needs including SEN assessment team.
  • Educational psychology service.
  • Rochdale additional needs service.
  • Area SENCO team.
  • Children with disabilities including social work team.
  • Occupational therapy team.
  • Resources.
  • Early years keyworkers.

Schools organisational and development team manager

Debra Kay

  • Management of capital investment across school estate including new construction projects, repairs and maintenance.
  • School place planning, including reorganisation and establishment of new schools.
  • School admissions for primary and secondary children, including within year transfers and representation at admission appeals.
  • Contract management for school PFI (Private Finance Initiative) projects.
  • Academy conversion and development.​
  • Home to school transport in mainstream schools.​

Head of Schools

Gillian Barratt

  • School improvement.
  • Primary and secondary advice to schools.
  • Inclusion including; fair access, equalities, education welfare.
  • Overall responsibility for schools HR, governors​ support, educational visits and Rochdale Supply Agency.
  • Raising participation and skills.​
  • REAL Trust.​
  • Admissions​.
  • Music service.​

Head of early years

Amanda Highland-Partington

  • Children’s centres.
  • Family support.
  • Parenting team.
  • Childcare sufficiency.
  • 2, 3 and 4 year old funded places.
  • Subsidised and sponsored day care.
  • Training team.
  • Ofsted registration.
  • Family information service/family services directory.
  • Early years and childcare advisory team.
  • Family learning service.
  • Play and development team.
  • FAST training.

Service manager for early help and stronger families

Liz Stenton (interim)

  • CAF team early help panels – primary and secondary.
  • Early help advisers in the MASS.
  • TYS key worker team.
  • Stronger families advocate team.
  • Youth service business support officer.
  • Early help domestic abuse officer.
  • Implementation of phase 1 and 2 of national payment by results of national troubled families programme (stronger families).
  • Development and implementation of public service reform (PSR) focused on complex families.

Senior youth officer

Diane Higgins (interim)

  • 4 township youth service teams.
  • Youth council.
  • Youth cabinet.
  • Children’s council Raising the Participation Age (RPA).

Head of practice and improvement

Jackie Gower (interim)

  • Children’s services practice and improvement.
  • Children’s services business support.
  • Children’s services workforce development.

Business support principal manager

Lee-Anne Agard

  • Effective business support across children’s services.
  • Responsible for children’s services business support staff.
  • Co-ordination of inspections preparation and updating annexe A data.
  • Implement children’s social care quality assurance f​ramework.
  • Co-ordinate and represent children’s service business continuity plan.
  • Children services rep to governance board and FOI responsibility.

Performance improvement manager (children)

Vicki Robinson

  • Manage provision and coordination of planning and performance information, advice and guidance.
  • Manage business planning, performance management and monitoring.
  • Improvement support, scrutiny and inspection support for children’s services in driving continuous improvement.

Workforce and organisational development manager

Brendan Richards​​

  • Develop a workforce strategy and provide learning and development support for the staff in the children’s services directorate in accordance with legislation, guidance and organisational requirements.
  • Work in partnership with key stakeholders/partners to develop an integrated skilled and competent workforce.
  • Support the director and assistant directors of children’s services in delivering change and practice improvement.
  • Manage the workforce development team.