Welcome from Ian Sutherland
Director of People (Children and Adults)
Thank you for your interest in working in Medway Children’s Services.
You may have recently seen the results of an Ofsted ruling following an ILACS inspection of our Children’s Services, carried out in July 2019.
Although the inspectors recognised a number of improvements since their last ILACS visit in 2015, we have received an overall ranking of inadequate.
While we are disappointed, we fully accept Ofsted’s feedback and have already taken positive steps, with additional investment in resources and development to ensure that we improve the service we provide to children in need of our help and protection.
One of the positive outcomes of the inspection was Ofsted’s recognition of the dedication of Medway’s Children’s Services teams, who were commended for their commitment, skills and hard work. I am pleased that the report said that staff morale was high, and we will continue to help staff to ensure they feel supported.
We remain committed to improving the lives and opportunities of children and young people in the local area. In order to do that, we need social workers who have the ambition and drive to help us on our journey of improvement.
We have made significant investment in training and development, adopted the systemic practice model and launched a new career progression scheme to enable social workers to progress within Medway.
We know that good staff engagement is key to our improvement journey. We have put in place arrangements to secure frontline practitioners help to influence, shape and develop our improvement journey.
Please take the time to find out more about Medway and the exciting opportunities available. Together, we can help to deliver the Council priority of ‘Supporting Medway’s people to realise their potential’.
Ian Sutherland – Director of People (Children and Adults)
- providing the right service for the children at the right time, at the right place
- innovative support for families to stay together (where safe to do so)
- focused, purposeful and evidence based interventions
- mobilising all available resources - partners and children
- fully embedding area-based working across the service
This vision for children’s services supports the delivery of Council Plan priorities, in particular ‘Supporting Medway’s people to realise their potential’, ‘All children achieving their potential in schools’, and ‘Resilient families’.
We support Medway's people realise their potential through:
- healthy and active communities
- resilient families
- older and disabled people living independently in their homes
- all children achieving their potential in schools