Children and Family Services’ Chief

Mr. Gordon Jeyes has been appointed by the HSE as the new National Director for Children and Family Services.

His appointment was approved by the HSE Board in December. This is a two-year post that has been established to lead organisational and cultural change in the Children and Family Services in the HSE.

Gordon Jeyes
Gordon Jeyes

The HSE has stated that a critical role for Mr. Jeyes is the delivery of a clear service model that focuses on providing a safe and high quality child protection service which is consistent with our statutory obligations. This will involve the development of national structures to ensure social workers and other professionals in the area are supported to provide quality services.

Mr. Jeyes joined Cambridgeshire County Council in 2005 and held the posts of Deputy Chief Executive in charge of the Office of Children and Young Peoples’ Services.

Prior to that he was the UK’s first Director of Children’s Services and has provided advice to governments in Scotland and at Westminster on the development of Children’s Services.

Mr. Jeyes was Chair of the Anti-Bullying Network and a member of the SEED Review Group on Youth Crime. He was a member of the Ministerial Strategy Group on Continuing Professional Development (Teachers) and the National Youth Justice Strategy Steering Group. Mr. Jeyes also led the critical incident response to the Dunblane school massacre in 1996.