After two and a half years as corporate director for children and young people services, following discussions, Darryl Freeman will be leaving Herefordshire Council with immediate effect.

Since joining the council in September 2021, Darryl has been in charge of the day-to-day running of children’s services as well as overseeing much needed improvements.

The service has seen the number of Herefordshire children in care reduce, families are now waiting less time for a referral outcome, and resources and support for the reunification of families has increased.

Paul Walker, chief executive at Herefordshire Council, said:

“Darryl Freeman joined Herefordshire Council at a time when children’s services were found to be needing improvement. Throughout his time as corporate director Darryl diligently led our children’s services day-to-day while steering significant service transformation. I thank Darryl for his efforts and professionalism during what has been an extremely challenging time. He is leaving children’s services in Herefordshire in a better place than when he started.”

Interim management arrangements have been put in place while the process of selecting and appointing a new director for children and young people services is underway.


Published: 27th March 2024