Cornwall children’s services appoints Northumberland chief

Troubled Cornwall Council has appointed a new director of children's services.

Troubled Cornwall Council has appointed a new director of children’s services.

Trevor Dougthy, who was director of children’s services at Northumberland Council before this appointment, will take up his new role on 12 May.

Cornwall’s children’s services was plunged into controversy when former chief Dean Ashton resigned before a damning Ofsted report was published last October.

His resignation was the first high-profile casualty of the Ofsted inspection process since the controversial sacking of Haringey’s director of children’s services, Sharon Shoesmith, in the aftermath of the baby P case.

Neil Burden, the council’s cabinet for children, said: “We have made significant progress in addressing the issues identified in the Ofsted report over the past few months and are waiting for our improvement plan to be signed off by the minister.

“This appointment means there is now a very strong team in place to lead children’s services in Cornwall.”

Richard Hubbard has been the department’s interim director.

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