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The London Borough of Barnet is a suburban borough in North London, forming part of Outer London. It is the second largest London borough by population with 366,400 inhabitants and covers an area of 86.74 square kilometres (33 sq. mi). It is a large, diverse place, made up of suburban communities as well as 20 town centres.

Barnet residents enjoy better than average health and higher life expectancy. However, this experience is not universal across the borough and there is a seven year difference in life expectancy between the most deprived and most affluent areas.

Barnet’s current child population stands at 94,940, our children account for one quarter of the boroughs overall population. We are one of London’s fastest growing boroughs and our child population is predicted to be one of the largest in London by 2020. Our challenge in Family Services is meet this growth and provide outstanding services to young people and their families.

Putting children first starts with positioning children’s social work at the very top of our agenda. From better information sharing to better interventions – we’re working together to make sure that everything happens at the right time and the right level. Safeguarding what will soon be London’s largest child population is no easy task. But as you’ll discover, it’s closest to our heart.

Becoming a more robust family service is about listening to the children we serve. It’s about creating somewhere they can find their voice and truly express themselves. And it begins with great social work, delivered by the people who strive for a greater understanding and never give up on what’s right for a child. We’re rising to meet the challenge of serving London’s largest child population by 2020. All we need now are the strongest practitioners to be part of our incredible journey.

Change for our community starts inside our family service. It starts with our people, and giving them a voice. And it starts with a real role in influencing where we’re headed. We’re the family service that is transforming to serve London’s largest child population. For you, this promises every opportunity to fulfil your potential as you help us fulfil ours.