New head for chil­dren’s ser­vices board

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE Gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed a new in­de­pen­dent chair­man to head up B u c k i n g h a m s h i r e ’s Chil­dren’s Ser­vices Im­prove­ment Board.

John Goldup, a for­mer deputy chief in­spec­tor and na­tional direc­tor of so­cial care at Of­sted will chair his first meet­ing of the Board to­day.

Mr Goldup also brings a wealth of lo­cal gov­ern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence man­ag­ing chil­dren’s and adult so­cial care de­part­ments in var­i­ous lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The de­ci­sion to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent chair fol­lows a se­ries of rec­om­men­da­tions made in a de­tailed re­port by Gov­ern­ment con­sul­tants, Red Quad­rant, which ex­am­ined Buck­ing­hamshire’s plans for im­prove­ment fol­low­ing Of­sted’s ‘in­ad­e­quate’ rat­ing of its chil­dren’s so­cial care Au­gust.

Mr Goldup has been for­mally ap­pointed by Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Nicky Mor­gan.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Wil­liams, who pre­vi­ously chaired the board, said he wel­comed Mr Goldup’s ap­point­ment.

He added: “A new in­de­pen­dent chair will en­sure both com­plete trans­parency and an ex­tra di­men­sion of chal­lenge to

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last the work of Im­prove­ment Board.

“We have ro­bust plans in place to im­prove ser­vices as quickly as we can and with John’s chair­man­ship I know we can de­liver on our as­pi­ra­tions.

“Step­ping aside from chair­ing the board will al­low me to fully con­cen­trate on sup­port­ing my man­agers to drive the im­prove­ment plan at pace.”

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