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
    services.

    “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”.

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