Children’s directors being set up to fail

    Fears that the role of children’s services director could
    effectively be one of “responsibility without power” were raised by
    the leader of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Margaret
    Eaton.

    She said she was concerned that the position, which will cover
    responsibility for education and social services, would leave the
    person who took it as “someone to blame when things go
    wrong”.

    In large local authorities, between two-thirds and three-quarters
    of their budget would be spent on children’s services, yet
    children’s services directors would have no control over, for
    example, schools.

    Strategic adviser for social care at the Improvement and
    Development Agency Nigel Druce raised concerns about each council
    preparing for a change in the delivery of children’s services in a
    different way, describing it as “frankly chaotic”.

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