Welcome to Medway Children's Services | Welcome to Medway Children's Services | Medway Council

Our vision

Our services will support children, young people and families in Medway to feel safe and secure, and any decisions taken will be in their best interests and made through collaboration with them and their families. We want children and families to be able to access the right services at the right time to meet their needs, from robust early help services through to intensive and purposeful interventions to support children in need of protection and their families, with a focus on achieving a permanent family for children in care. 

We'll achieve this by:

  • building strong relationships through working with children and families
  • recruiting a skilled and permanent workforce
  • establishing strong networks with all those who have a responsibility for safeguarding children including our partners, to maximise the use of all available resources

We'll listen to children and young people to create a culture of ambition, professional respect and commitment to deliver quality services which achieve positive change for families.

Welcome from Ian Sutherland, Director of People (Children and Adults)

Thank you for your interest in working in Medway Children’s Services.

I am proud to be the Director of Children and Adult Services in a place which strives to put children at the centre of everything we do. We have faced some difficult challenges over the past twelve months and were very disappointed in our Ofsted ruling following our inspection in July 2019.

We are determined to improve our services and we have the support of our Council to do this quickly. We have already taken positive steps with additional resources to help us to reduce our workloads and improve our practice. We now have a permanent management team in place.

We have a great team of staff who were commended by Ofsted for their dedication and commitment. We will continue to support them to do a good job.

We passionately believe in supporting children to remain in their families wherever possible. We have a commitment to work alongside children and their families, and know that building relationships are the key to achieving positive change.

Medway is an exciting place to work and will offer you a range of challenges and experiences, which will develop your career. We know that good support, training and development opportunities, along with manageable workloads are what motivates practitioners.

We are fully committed to work with our frontline staff to help to influence, shape and develop our improvement journey.

If you want to make a positive difference to children and families, we would love to hear from you.

Welcome from Dr Lee-Anne Farach, Assistant Director Children's Social Care

Greetings, can I echo the welcome already offered to you and thank you for your interest in Medway Council.

I am impressed with the ambition, dedication, innovation and hard work to ensure Medway’s children, young people and families are supported to be the very best they can be.

Ensuring the safeguarding of Medway’s youngest citizens is something I and the staff in Children’s Social Care and Early Help take very seriously. There is much good work being done with partners to ensure safeguarding is at the top of everyone’s agenda but also that where it is safe to do so, we strive to support children to live with their families.

Of course, we know the best place for children to grow up and achieve their dreams and ambitions is with their families but where this cannot happen, we use Signs of Safety as our model of intervention. We are working to make sure the right children are receiving the correct services in the right part of the organisation.

Medway Council is dedicated to realising your career development and supporting your health and wellbeing so you can achieve and be the best you can be too. I look forward to welcoming you to Team Medway, working with you and supporting you to realise your ambition on behalf of all the children of Medway.