Haringey Council reveals new child service management

    Haringey Council has announced the management team that will
    head up its new children service today, the fifth anniversary of
    Victoria Climbie’s death, writes Amy
    Taylor
    .

    The service, which incorporates education and children’s
    social services, will be led by new director Sharon Shoesmith, who
    was the director of education at Haringey for the past two
    years.

    Anne Bristow, the director of social services at the council,
    will continue to have the same title but will now be in charge of
    adult social services and older people.

    She will also lead the wider wellbeing agenda and formulate the
    authority’s response to the public health white paper.

    Cecilia Hitchen has been appointed deputy director for children
    and families. She is currently assistant director of children and
    families at Hounslow Council.

    On the fifth anniversary of Victoria’s death, councillor
    Kate Wynne, executive member for social services and health said:
    “Victoria’s death has prompted widespread change to
    national and local child protection procedures and it is only
    fitting that in Haringey these changes have been implemented with
    vigour and determination.”

    Lord Laming, who led the inquiry into Victoria’s death,
    said that since the tragedy policy and the law had changed and that
    the government should be commended for accepting all of his 108
    recommendations.

    Every Child Matters in my view represented a
    fundamental change in the way in which we value every child and the
    way all the services have a role to play in the development of that
    child. It moves away from a narrow preoccupation with child
    protection towards responding to the needs of children and
    families”, he said.

    The Children Act 2004 was a “major step forward” as
    it ensured that all of the key services were responsible for
    children’s wellbeing, he added.

    Laming concluded the “main challenge” was the
    implementation of all the policy and legislative changes on the
    front line.

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