Queen’s birthday list rewards social care

    One in five of those recognised in this year’s Queen’s birthday
    honours list work or volunteer in the health, social care or
    education sectors – and half were nominated by the public.

    The list includes a knighthood for Professor Alan Craft, president
    of the Royal College of Paediatrics, and a CBE for Ted Cantle,
    author of the report into the race riots in the north of England in
    summer 2001.

    Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection Denise Platt was
    made a dame, alongside the former chair of the now defunct
    Community Fund, Lady Diana Brittan, and the chief executive of the
    NHS Confederation, Gill Morgan.

    Kirklees social services director Philip Cotterill and former Youth
    Justice Board chief executive Mark Perfect were both awarded OBEs
    for services to social services and youth justice
    respectively.

    More controversially, Jonathan Tross, the chief executive of the
    Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, was made a
    Companion of the Order of the Bath. Tross led the organisation
    during a period of unprecedented criticism, culminating in last
    year’s damning report by the Department for Constitutional Affairs
    select committee.

    Senior guardians warned that the news would be greeted in the
    sector with cynicism. One self-employed guardian described the
    decision to reward Tross as “insensitive”.

    He added: “Cafcass has hardly been a resounding success since he
    took over. He steadied the ship and for that he gets grudging
    respect. But Cafcass is now more bureaucratic than before he
    joined.”

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