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Children's Services

Children’s Services places the interests of children firmly at the centre of everything we do, working with families to offer quality advice, support and guidance; build children's confidence and self-esteem and prepare them for life ahead.

Professionals from a wide range of services work together to help children in Hertfordshire to develop to their full potential in a safe and thriving environment. Our staff work closely with national and local voluntary groups, the police, health service, district councils and the private sector.

We aim to help children with a variety of needs: those who may have learning difficulties, physical difficulties, social problems, are particularly gifted, need help in schooling or need someone to talk to.

Children's services plan
Childrens Services Ambition 2013-16The latest children's services plan, 'Children's Services Ambition: 2013-2016' is now available here.







Hertfordshire County Council’s agreed priorities for our children and young people are for the:

  • Opportunity to get the best out of life
  • Opportunity to share in Hertfordshire’s strong economy
  • Opportunity to be healthy and stay safe
  • Opportunity to take part

It is our aspiration that all children and young people enjoy a happy, healthy and safe childhood that gives them the foundations for adulthood and the opportunity to get the best out of life.

Our senior management team
Justin Donovan is the Director of Education and Early Intervention and has statutory responsibility for the provision and standards of education, admission arrangements and special educational needs provision in Hertfordshire.

Jenny Coles is the Director of Safeguarding and Specialist Services and has the statutory role of Director of Children’s Services.

Justin is supported by:

Andrew Simmons, Deputy Director, Services for Children and Young People
Simon Newland, Assistant Director, Education Access and Provision
Gillian Cawley, Assistant Director, Standards and School Effectiveness

Jenny is supported by:

Sue Williams, Operations Director (Safeguarding)
Marion Ingram, Operations Director (Specialist Services)
Mike Collier, Assistant Director, Performance and Business Support

Please follow the links on this page for more information about our Children's Services.

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