Trust plans to be vetted by directors

Primary care trusts will have to have their delivery plans “signed
off” by children’s services directors, a senior government official
has said.

Speaking at a conference last week, Ravi Gurumurthy, head of the
children’s green paper team at the Department for Education and
Skills, said the directors were to be given statutory
responsibility for all children’s education and social services as
the heads of children’s trusts under proposals in the green

The government confirmed last week that it intended to legislate
for this in February in a new children’s bill (news, page 7, 11

Giving PCTs a duty to protect and promote children’s well-being,
combined with a joint inspection programme, would help get local
health professionals involved in sharing information about child
protection and their health, added Gurumurthy. He said there had
been more than 2,500 responses to the green paper consultation.

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