Children's Services Get New Boss after Damning Report ; Chief at Neighbouring Council Will Take over from Troubleshooter Who Began Overhaul

By Fitzgerald, Todd | Manchester Evening News, December 11, 2015 | Go to article overview

Children's Services Get New Boss after Damning Report ; Chief at Neighbouring Council Will Take over from Troubleshooter Who Began Overhaul


Fitzgerald, Todd, Manchester Evening News


ANCHESTER town hall has hired a permanent director of Mchildren's services - understood to be in line for a salary of Pounds 120,000.

Paul Marshall, currently assistant director of children's services at Rochdale council, will take over from Manchester's interim director Gladys Rhodes-White .

The move comes after Ofsted downgraded the department's safeguarding unit to 'inadequate' last year in a damning report that found vulnerable children had potentially been left at risk.

It uncovered a huge backlog of child protection cases and raised concerns about mounting pressure on social workers.

In its wake, the town hall's then-children's services director Mike Livingstone quit and troubleshooter Ms Rhodes-White was brought in on a temporary basis.

The council rushed to make major changes within its child protection department amid fears Manchester could become 'another Rotherham'.

Inspectors had discovered a backlog of nearly 500 child protection referrals, 44 of which had been waiting for six months, against a backdrop of high social worker caseloads.

Since then, key improvements have included hiring 27 more social workers and ploughing in an extra Pounds 10m from reserves.

Caseloads have reduced and senior management has been cleared out. …

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