Barnet is one of the largest London boroughs, we know that to improve outcomes for all of Barnet's children, young people and their families, we must recruit and retain the very best staff. Children and young people make up almost a quarter of Barnet's total population with around 88,600 young people aged 0-19, 46,000 of whom attend our maintained schools.
Barnet's Children's Service is rated by Ofsted as performing excellently. Our high standards mean that, as a rule, children and young people do well at school, enjoy good health, benefit from low crime rates and have access to high quality open spaces. We are committed to building on this success and have the highest expectations for Barnet's children. We are determined to play our part in helping them to have a happy childhood and to acquire the knowledge and skills to lead a successful adult life.
As part of Barnet’s Children's Trust Board, a wider partnership of organisations working with children and youg people, we have set out the following three key priorities within our Children and Young People plan:
ensuring the safety of all Barnet's children
narrowing the gap for children at risk of not achieving their potential
preventing ill health and unhealthy lifestyles
Achieving our aims under these three key priorities will be challenging, especially given the reduction in public sector budgets and in government grants. We recognise that no single organisation can succeed in this field alone. That's why we take a multi-agency approach, working in partnership with health service, the police, the probation service, Barnet College and Middlesex University, as well as voluntary and private sector providers. We are determined to achieve our aims through this close partnership working with a shared focus on early intervention and prevention, and by targeting our resources to enable every child to achieve their potential, 'narrowing the gap'.
Working in partnership - close joint work between the many organisations working with children in Barnet is essential to make a real difference to children, young people and families' lives, particularly in a time of reducing resources and growing expectations.
Early intervention and prevention - taking a preventative approach, intervening early to strengthen families and to ensure that children and young people are able to reach their potential, is the best way of making a long term impact on outcomes.
Narrowing the gap - inequalities in outcomes must be reduced by targeting personalised support packages at those children and young people who are most at risk of not achieving their potential.
Our Children and Young People plan sets out in more detail what we are seeking to achieve and how we will do it. The plan was developed in consultation with children and young people, in particular with assistance from Barnet's very active Youth Board and Bobby Panel (for younger children).
Our service is structured around 4 key areas
Children's social care - providing a range of services to families and children to keep children safe and look after children in our care.
Schools and Learning - supporting and challenging schools to provide the very best, including schools admissions service.
Safeguarding, Prevention and Partnership - providing a range of early intervention and prevention services for families, children and young people including integrated youth services, children centre services and service for children with complex and special educational needs.
Policy, Performance and Planning - a range of suport services to effectively plan and support frontline services, also including the catering and parent partnership services.
We are committed to the protection of children. All applicants will be interviewed in line with our safer recruitment policy and the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced CRB check. New staff may be required to undertake a personal interview prior to appointment to ensure we are appointing suitable people to work with children and young people.
The Children's Service offers a full range of professional development programmes in all areas of child protection and safeguarding, and staff are encouraged to take part in the optional accredited programmes to gain credits towards any future development programmes.
Barnet's Children Service is a high performing and ambitious service. Come and join our workforce to build on the progress made so far and deliver excellent outcomes to children, young people and their families.