Ed Balls to announce new measures designed to avoid repeat of toddler's death
TRAINING FOR social services managers must be overhauled under plans to be unveiled today in the wake of the Baby P scandal.
Half of all directors of childrens services will be enrolled on new training courses by autumn next year, the Childrens Secretary Ed Balls will say. He will also outline plans to set up a cadre of long- serving senior managers who can coach their less-experienced colleagues around the country.
Council leaders warned that efforts to improve childrens services were under threat because thousands of social work posts were unfilled. An estimated one in 10 social workers about 3,000 jobs remain unfilled at any time.
Mr Balls will unveil the measures as Lord Laming publishes a wide- ranging review into childrens services, commissioned in the aftermath of the death of Baby P, who died despite being visited 60 times by welfare professionals. Lord Lamings review is expected to back the current structure of child protection services but call for tough action to ensure all local authorities meet the standards of the best councils.
Under plans to be announced by Mr Balls later today, the National College for School Leadership, which trains headteachers, will expand its role to provide training courses for …