Salford Council has moved its children’s department lead member over to adults’ services.
Councillor John Warmisham was responsible for schools and children’s social services in Salford during a series of high-profile crises.
One of these cases was that of Demi Leigh Mahon, who was killed by her 15-year-old babysitter.
Warmisham has insisted, however, that his move is not specifically connected with Salford’s troubled record.
Warmisham told Community Care: “I don’t hide the fact it’s been a difficult number of years, not just in Salford but across the country, but I moved because the lead for adults’ services retired and I was asked whether I fancied a change.”
Warmisham said his background in mental health and substance misuse was another reason the council thought him suited to his new role.