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The Department for Education & Skills has turned to its own ranks to appoint ...
The Department for Education & Skills has turned to its own ranks to appoint

the civil servant who will lead the government's drive to integrate children's services.

However, social services heads have welcomed Tom Jeffery's appointment this week as director general for children and families, a post created by the DfES's assumption of responsibility for children's social care in June.

Mr Jeffery is believed to have won credibility with social services directors when he was charged with the implementation of the Quality Protects programme, which aims to support vulnerable children, during a stint at the Department of Health between 1998 and 2000.

Andrew Cozens, the president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, said: 'Broadly, we welcome the appointment because he has got credibility in education and social care. We've got a good rapport with him and feel he will be open to influence.'

Mr Jeffery joined the then Department of Education & Science in 1981, and

has recently led DfES projects on special educational needs and extended schools.

Mr Jeffery will be one of four director generals reporting directly to permanent secretary David Normington, and Mr Cozens said his grounding as a mandarin was vital for such a senior post.

The DoH's remaining social services responsibilities will fall under the remit of a new national director of social care, who is yet to be appointed.

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