Warwickshire Council’s Marion Davis has been elected as vice-president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.
The council’s strategic director for children, young people and families succeeds Kim Bromley-Derry, of Newham Council, east London, who has become president of the association.
Davis, like Bromley-Derry, is a former social worker and has 25 years’ experience in social care. She was Warwickshire’s social services director before assuming the children’s services role in 2005.
Argued against annual checks
In her previous role as chair of ADCS’s standards, performance and inspection committee, Davis has argued strongly against Ofsted plans to introduce annual safeguarding checks for councils.
She said: “It is a very challenging time for children’s services, as child protection issues remain high on the national agenda, and we must embrace the developments arising from the Lord Laming report in addition to raising the profile of the very good work that is going on in the sector.”
The ADCS is holding an event today to mark Bromley-Derry’s accession to the presidency, an office he takes over from Gateshead Council director Maggie Atkinson.