Children’s services facing director drain

    Uncertainty over how many directors of social services will take
    up the top posts in children’s services is continuing to grow.

    Community Care understands there is widespread concern
    that many experienced social services directors will take early
    retirement rather than apply for children’s services directorships.
    It is believed that the Department for Education and Skills
    envisages assistant directors as the natural choice for the
    job.

    One London social services director said the majority of
    directors would not want the job because it was too big and too
    different from what they did now. Many would prefer early
    retirement to a job with an unknown scope, and assistant directors
    would be too inexperienced for the step up.

    In an Association of Directors of Social Services survey of 95
    directors   

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