Florence Kroll has been appointed to lead Kent’s work to support children and families who are at particular risk of facing problems.
The Assistant Director for Early Help and Young People’s Services in Hackney will join KCC to lead its new Early Help and Preventative Services team.
Working as part of the Education and Young People’s Services directorate, Ms Kroll will be responsible for making sure that a range of teams a programmes work together effectively to help prevent children and families from getting into difficult situations and to tackle problems early where they have started to have an impact.
Ms Kroll, who lives in south east London, has two children and is a keen runner who qualified as a social worker in 1991.
Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said:
“I would like to offer my congratulations and I am very much looking forward to welcoming Ms Kroll and working with her.
“This important post is about making sure that services work in an integrated way, so that there is a co-ordinated whole family response to the needs of children.
“By working with schools we will provide the extra support that is often needed to make sure less advantaged children and young people do well and stay safe. By doing this, we can expect to see all children achieve their potential and a reduction in the need for statutory social services so that there are fewer children in care, child protection cases and children in need. We can only achieve this by providing more effective early help, earlier intervention and building on our strong commitment to prevention.”
Ms Kroll said:
“I am thoroughly looking forward to working in Kent and helping children, young people and their families to get the most out of life.
“I am thrilled to have the chance to lead a team that will draw on so many disciplines and areas of expertise and I am confident that the combination of expertise and experience we can bring will mean the best outcomes for people in Kent.”
Alan Wood, Director of Children Services for the London Borough of Hackney, said:
“In her time at Hackney Florence Kroll has been at the forefront of changing the way we deliver services to young people. She has led innovative programmes working with young people involved with gangs and designed a new service, Young Hackney, which has helped to transform our work with young people and their families”.