Chief Officer for Children’s Services – £135,260

Portrait of Jo OlssonJo Olsson is Chief Officer for Children’s Services.

Role and responsibilities

Jo’s job is to lead systems and partnerships to improve outcomes for children in Devon and especially to improve the outcomes for vulnerable children. Vulnerable children include:

  • children in care, care leavers and adopted/special guardianship children
  • children subject of a protection plan or a child in need plan
  • children who need early help to prevent problems emerging or getting worse
  • disabled children and those with special educational needs
  • children who struggle in school for whatever reason
  • children excluded from school
  • children whose life chances are undermined by poverty, race, sexual preference or other equalities issues
  • children with health problems (emotional, mental, physical and sexual).


Jo joined Devon County Council and was appointed to Chief Officer for Children’s Services in September 2016.

Jo qualified as a social worker in 1979 and has worked in children’s services ever since, in lots of different services and settings and at every level. She has been a senior leader since 2004 and has a passion for improving services in order to transform children’s lives especially those children who, through no fault of their own need to rely on services as well as (or sometimes instead of) relying on their families.

See the direct reports for Chief Officer for Children’s Services below:

Children's Services structure chart

Jo’s direct reports are:

Please note that due to the implementation of a new HR system the links to structure charts are not currently available. We are working on a new process in order to be able to provide this information again.