Introducing our new Director of Children’s Services

Steve Walker has joined Kirklees Council as the Director of Children’s Services. With over 25 years’ experience in children’s social care, he joins us as part of the flourishing relationship we have developed with Leeds City Council.

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Here’s what Steve had to say about his new role…

“Firstly, can I say that I’m delighted to be formally taking up post as the new DCS for Kirklees and to have the opportunity to work with colleagues to deliver good outcomes for children and young people in Kirklees.

I am also the DCS for Leeds City Council and I will hold the role across both authorities. I will report to the Leader and Members in Kirklees on my work here, as they remain responsible and accountable for children and young people and for the outcomes that we deliver.

Kirklees is just starting on an improvement journey. I know that it will be challenging but it may be reassuring to know that in my six years in Leeds we have been through the same journey and I hope that some of the lessons that we have learnt will be helpful in taking forward improvement in Kirklees. I am confident that we will be able to make a real difference in the lives of children and families.

The approach that we are in the process of finalising with the Department for Education is an Improvement Partnership, with the emphasis very much on partnership. ”

Steve’s career path so far…

“I trained to be a social worker in Glasgow and have always worked in Children’s Social Care as a front line social worker and manager but I also worked for a number of years as a research fellow at the University of London with Professor Hedy Cleaver.

During my time there I developed a range of materials to support practice before moving to work in the Children’s Development Team in the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales.

Prior to joining Leeds in 2011, I was the Head of Child and Family Services in Swansea. The thread throughout my career is the desire to improve outcomes for children and I am confident that we can do that here in Kirklees.”




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