Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members

Councillor Jasmine Ali

Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Refugees

Cllr Jasmine Ali will deputise for the Leader of the Council in his absence by representing the
borough at external events, within the council and when necessary chairing Cabinet. She will work
with the Leader of the Council to support the political and strategic leadership of the council.

Cllr Ali’s responsibilities include:

  • Early years and childcare - including children and family centres, early years education,
  • childminders and nurseries
  • Schools - including school standards, inclusion, places and admissions; special education needs; free healthy school and nursery meals and fruit; healthy schools and Southwark’s Let's Go Zero schools network
  • Further, higher and adult education - including English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), adult literacy and numeracy; and scholarships
  • Children’s social care - including children in care and care leavers, fostering and adoption, support for children with disabilities and their families; and child safeguarding
  • Children’s mental health - including mental wellbeing support in schools; the council’s Nest open access mental health service for children and families; and improving access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health services
  • Family support - including parenting programs, the council’s sure-start for teenagers service and support for families who are providing unpaid care for a child with a disability or health condition, including respite care
  • Refugees and asylum seekers - including our work to ensure Southwark is a Borough of Sanctuary and support for people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)
  • Youth offending services

Page last updated: 29 May 2024


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