Council departments

Children's Services Directorate


Sharon Hubber pictured in Number One Riverside.

Sharon Hubber

Sharon Hubber - Children's Services Director.

The postholder is responsible for schools, children's social care, early help and prevention, Youth Justice Service, Emergency duty team (EDT) and special educational needs and disability joint commissioning.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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

Assistant Director 

Abu Siddique - Assistant Director, Children's Social Care.

Responsibilities include:

  • First Response
  • Achieving Change Together (ACT) and complex safeguarding
  • Adoption services
  • Fostering services
  • Children's homes
  • Child protection response
  • Cared for children
  • Care leavers
  • Emergency Duty Team
  • Youth Justice services
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)
  • Children with Disabilities (CWD)
  • Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHASH) and initial response

Assistant Director

Steve Kay - Assistant Director, Early Help and Schools.

Responsibilities include:

  • Special Education Needs and children with additional needs
  • School organisation and development schools
  • Services to schools
  • Early Years and Children's Centres
  • Early Help and Stronger Families
  • Youth Service

Assistant Director

Charlotte Mitchell - Assistant Director for Integration and Health.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Joint commissioning and integration, including:
    • Children's Services local authority commissioning
    • Children's health (mental, physical, acute, palliative care)
    • Maternity and perinatal

Head of Safeguarding and Quality Assurance

Bev Paris - Head of Safeguarding and Quality Assurance.

Children's Services Principal Transformation Lead

Samantha Sirisambhand - Principal Transformation Lead.