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Posted on 2017-10-17 06:16:56

As the new HSCB Business Manager I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Leanne Stockton and I have worked with children and families for over 15 years, within the education sector. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in safeguarding children and a long and successful background in operational and strategic management, having worked across both Hartlepool and Stockton Borough Councils.  I began my career in 2001, where I worked as a teacher in a local school. I then spent 12 years as a teacher and subject leader in Billingham, before returning to Hartlepool in 2014 as a teacher and Key Stage Lead. Part of these leadership roles involved school improvement planning, in order to make a real difference to outcomes for children.

‘Making a difference’ has driven my career to date and I am committed to providing the best possible life chances for children. Throughout my time working in schools, the safety and welfare of children has been paramount to me and is continually at the heart of all that I do as a professional. The HCSB vision: ‘We will work together to support children and young people in Hartlepool to grow up in an environment in which they are safe from harm and are given the best possible chance to reach their potential’ is a vision that I myself share. Helping children to reach their potential and giving them the best possible opportunities, has been my job and my passion for the past 16 years. I believe that by truly ‘working together’ we can deliver the HSCB vision and priorities. I hope to facilitate this essential link between partner agencies, front-line workers and children and young people, ensuring active partnerships which capture and respond to the views of young people. The idea of a ‘shared responsibility’ in ensuring better outcomes for children is imperative, and one in which I am honoured to be an integral part of. I hope that my contribution will support and challenge the organisations and individuals which the board represents; in order that we learn, grow and succeed together in safeguarding children and young people.


“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

                                                                               Helen Keller