Children’s director who let cameras in for Protecting Our Children appointed to lead College

Annie Hudson says she is looking forward to "returning more closely to my professional roots as a social worker" in her role as chief executive of the College of Social Work.

Annie Hudson
Hudson: We need more clarity and engagement. Photo: Ken McKay/Rex Features

The children’s services director who allowed cameras into her department for the BBC’s Protecting Our Children documentary series has been appointed as the first chief executive of the College of Social Work (TCSW).

Annie Hudson, who is currently strategic director for children, young people and skills at Bristol council, is due to start working full time with TCSW by summer.

“After a number of very satisfying years as, firstly, a director of adult care and then as a director of children’s services, it will be good to return more closely to my original professional roots as a social worker and to lead this important organisation into the future,” said Hudson.

Hudson and her team in Bristol were highly praised last year for their bravery in allowing TV cameras in to film them at work for Protecting Our Children.

Her decision to allow the BBC cameras in saw Hudson presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Social Work award at last year’s Social Worker of the Year Awards.

Jo Cleary, chair of the TCSW’s board, said: “I am confident that, with Annie’s leadership, the College will go from strength to strength and truly become the voice of social workers and social work.”

Listen to Annie Hudson talk about what she learned from Protecting Our Children

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