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In Middlesbrough Children’s Services our Mission is to show Middlesbrough Children they Matter. In 2020 Middlesbrough staff and young people came together to develop a new vision to support children and families across Middlesbrough.

Our Senior Leadership Team!

Here is a little more information about the Children's Services Leadership Team!

Executive Director of Children's Services

Joe Tynan

Joe is our Interim Executive Director. This means that he oversees all of the work Children's Services do and makes sure it is up to the high standards that Middlesbrough Children deserve!

Interim Director of Children's Social Care

Dawn Alaszewski

Dawn is the Interim Director of Social Care, and makes sure that all children in care and care leavers have what they need. She makes sure that children and young people receive the best care!

Director of Education and Partnerships

Rob Brown

Rob is in charge of everything to do with education and partnerships. This means that he makes sure we are working well with schools and giving the best education opportunities to all of our children.

Our Journey toward developing a Systems Leadership Approach

Middlesbrough Council Children and Families Agenda

Here's a video explaining our journey towards developing a Systems Leadership Approach. The video explains the jewels of our improvement in 16 steps. It explains our One Children's Services vision, and how we all support, listen, and learn from each other to provide the best service for our Middlesbrough children and their families.

See the video here!

Our mission is to show Middlesbrough Children they Matter

We spent 3 months researching how to apply the vision asking one simple question: How can we communicate to children that they matter? This research informed how we embedded the Middlesbrough Children Matter campaign into children’s services and how we would to work to do this.

Our Priorities


Making Middlesbrough a place that children are proud to live in.


Providing services that are fit for children who will grow to serve Middlesbrough.


Making Middlesbrough a community that children are proud of.

Family and Relationships

We value childhood and dedicate time to create and promote experiences that enable children to have the childhood all children deserve.


We strive to develop our workforce who visit and build relationships with children and families because they want to, not just because they have to.


We will work to increase the quality of life for children and families in Middlesbrough by ensuring they have access to the health and wellbeing services they need.

Culture and Society

We believe we can redefine the narrative of Middlesbrough and communicate a positive perception of our town on a national basis.

Communication and Connectivity

We will create an environment where children can express themselves and communicate with us.

Learn and Achieve

We want to improve the access to education, employment and training opportunities for young people so they can achieve their academic and vocational potential.


We know that children are the future of Middlesbrough and champion an ethos that is proactive about their development.

Our logo

Where it all started

The logo of Middlesbrough Children Matter started with young people, we worked with five youth forums to develop 16 initial concepts for the logo and these went through three rounds of revisions until we only had two logos remaining.

The final logos were sent out to a staff vote (which received 293 votes) and decided the winning logo that represents Middlesbrough Children Matter.

About us

Who we worked with

Social Workers

Senior Leadership

Education Professionals

Edge of Care

Skating illustration
Bringing young people together

Young people's advisory group

We asked young people from this group the same question but a little differently: How can we communicate to you that you matter to us? The feedback was powerful and moving. We listened and asked our children and young people to make some really important decisions in our Middlesbrough Children Matter Campaign, including feel and colour scheme.