Key Ambitions & Strategic Objectives
“Working together for a better borough with people at the heart of everything we do”.
Our Council is one of the six authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region. The Borough of St Helens is split into 16 electoral wards, which are each represented by 3 Councillors, making a Full Council of 48. The Leader of the Council is supported by a Cabinet, consisting of 10 Portfolio areas that hold responsibility for a broad range of Council functions and the delivery of this Council Plan and its six key priorities.
Our organisational structure is aligned to our portfolio structure and is based around three key departments. The Council’s workforce is led by the Chief Executive, supported by a senior management team consisting of an Assistant Chief Executive, an Executive Director responsible for each of the three departments and a Director of Children’s Services.
The People’s Services Department provides a range of statutory and non-statutory services for children, young people and adults. This includes care services for older people, support for vulnerable adults and those with disabilities, children’s social care, school support and improvement, fostering and adoption services, support for children with special educational needs and public health services.
The Place Services Department provides a wide range of place-based services. This includes waste and recycling, street cleansing, licensing, planning and development permissions, environmental health and trading standards, maintenance of highways, footpaths, parks and open spaces, housing and homelessness advice. and the delivery of the libraries and leisure services.
The Corporate Services Department provides a series of statutory functions and support services, that add value and enable the effective running of the Council. This includes Finance, Legal, HR, IT, Health and Safety, Audit, Scrutiny and many more. We also deliver a range of customer-facing services such as helping people with benefits applications.
Each year St Helens Council delivers over 700 services to over 180,000 residents and 82,000 households. In recent years both the demand for our services and the cost of delivering them has increased significantly. In particularly the demand for adult and children’s services is very high and 71% of our net budget is now spent delivering these services.
Priority 1: Ensure children and young people have a positive start in life
Children and young people are the future of St Helens and our aim is for them to have the best start in life so they can develop and reach their full potential. We will achieve this by supporting families to thrive and be ambitious and confident about their children’s future.
We have a particular challenge in St Helens in that too many children and young people are in the care of the Local Authority or receiving support from social services. We need to identify quickly those children and young people who need help to live in safe and supportive families and work with families to provide the right help, at the right time to ensure more children stay safely living at home without the need for social worker intervention.
Children and young people in care and care leavers will be listened to, treated with respect and receive strong support. We will ensure children in care have effective care plans and that good, permanent living arrangements are identified for them. We will focus on improving and increasing local fostering services and work to ensure children leaving care have their specific needs met and support is provided for them to live well independently. We will support families to make sure that all children, wherever they live in the Borough start school ready to learn, achieve well at school and leave school ready for life and work. We need to improve educational achievement and attainment for all young people in the Borough, by supporting all schools to become rated ‘Good’ or better and we want more young people entering employment or further education when they leave school. Working with a range of partners we will improve the quality of information, support and care for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families which supports them to live a life as ordinary as possible.
We also will work closely with families to improve the social, emotional and mental well-being of their children so that they can confidently journey into adulthood with high aspirations.