New head appointed to the children’s courts advice service

    Anthony Douglas, social services director at Suffolk Council,
    has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Children and
    Family Court Advisory and Support Service, writes
    Derren Hayes

    Douglas, who takes up the post from 1 September, has been working
    in social services for 28 years and was a director at Havering
    before joining Suffolk nearly two years ago. An adoptee himself, he
    was a former spokesperson on adoption for the Association of
    Directors of Social Services and is currently chair of Baaf
    Adoption and Fostering.

    Douglas takes over from Jonathan Tross, who has spent two years at
    the helm.

    The appointment was welcomed by Alison Paddle, chair of guardian’s
    organisation Nagalro, because of his depth of personal and
    professional understanding of child care issues.

    Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of the National
    Association of Probation Officers, said his social work experience
    was a plus.

    “Jonathan Tross was a career civil servant who didn’t have
    experience of working with children at risk and that was always a
    problem. Now hopefully we’ve got someone who has got that and
    managerial experience as well,” Fletcher said.

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