Croydon LBC has appointed three new senior managers in its children’s services department after Ofsted identified serious and widespread failures that left children at risk of significant harm.
Last month education secretary Justine Greening appointed Eleanor Brazil as commissioner in Croydon to conduct a three-month assessment of services following the inspection, which also found weak management oversight “at all levels” that had not ensured basic social work practice was of an adequate standard.
Croydon has since created two new posts as part of a management restructuring. Hannah Doughty has joined the council as head of service for targeted services after holding the same role at Liverpool City Council for four years.
Iain Low has been appointed head of service for early help and MASH (multi-agency safeguarding hub). He was previously strategic manager for safeguarding and care planning at Northamptonshire CC, where he had worked for three years.
Both of the new heads of service began their roles yesterday.
Tom Stevenson will also join Croydon tomorrow as interim head of safeguarding and quality assurance, replacing Gavin Swann who has moved to Kent CC - the local authority Mr Stevenson is joining from.
Croydon executive director of people Barbara Peacock apologised for service failings following the publication of the Ofsted report and said cases were being reviewed.
She added: “The report has shown the extent of work that is needed. Much of this work is already under way but we recognise there is a lot more to do and we are working with Ofsted to create an improvement plan to drive through those changes.”
Croydon has commissioned Achieving for Children, which runs children’s services in Kingston upon Thames RBC, Richmond upon Thames LBC and Windsor & Maidenhead RBC, as an improvement partner.