Director seeks surprise decisions

Local authorities have been urged to sidestep traditional routes of
promotion and make some “surprise appointments” in new children’s
services departments.

The plea came from Tony Hunter vice-president of the Association of
Directors of Social Services. He added that blame for errors as
education is merged with children’s social services should be
shared, and not just aimed at directors of children’s

“We are keen to push that everyone is accountable,” he told a
meeting on child protection at the NHS Confederation conference
last week.

Hunter accepted that joint working could be “taxing” for
professionals and seen as a “dumbing down of their professional
expertise”, but stressed that it was about “pooling expertise for
the common good”.

More from Community Care

Comments are closed.