Hazell re­gains child ser­vices port­fo­lio

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE new cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren’s ser­vices at Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) has been an­nounced.

Coun­cil­lor Lin Hazell is tak­ing on the role from Mon­day next week, re­plac­ing An­gela Macpher­son, who re­signed for per­sonal rea­sons.

BCC’s chil­dren’s ser­vices are de­signed to safe­guard and pro­vide for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, but were judged ‘in­ad­e­quate’ by Of­sted a few months ago.

Its re­port crit­i­cised the way in which the county deals with chil­dren who need help and pro­tec­tion, how it looks after chil­dren, and its lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance.

A plan to im­prove the ser­vices was sub­mit­ted to the cab­i­net, and ap­proved, lead­ing to an in­vest­ment of £9mil­lion.

Ms Hazell has pre­vi­ously held the role of cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren’s ser­vices from 2005 to 2011. She is cur­rently chair­man of the health and adult so­cial care se­lect com­mit­tee.

Martin Tett, leader of BCC, said: “Lin’s com­mit­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence will be vi­tal in de­liv­er­ing the com­pre­hen­sive im­prove­ment plan we set out fol­low­ing our Of­sted in­spec­tion re­port.

“She will be a real as­set to the cab­i­net and her pre­vi­ous knowl­edge means she can hit the ground run­ning.”

Ms Hazell said: “I am de­lighted. We have a huge task ahead of us, but I am con­fi­dent we have a strong ba­sis on which to move for­ward.

“I look­ing for­ward to work­ing with staff to de­liver the im­prove­ments we have set out in our ac­tion plan.”

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