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SALFORD CHILDREN'S SERVICES HEAD SUSPENDED
 

Star date: 4pm 11th September 2009

JILL BAKER SUSPENDED FROM SALFORD COUNCIL

Jill Baker, Director of Salford Council's Children's Services has been formally suspended pending an investigation. This follows yet another damning report from OFSTED yesterday concerning her department's failures over the protection of vulnerable children, and the fall out from the Demi Leigh tragedy...

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Salford City Council spokesman John Carberry said: "I can confirm that Jill Baker, strategic director of children's services, has been formally suspended as a neutral act pending an investigation. It is not appropriate for the council to comment further."

There has been no comment yet by Salford Council on the fate of Councillor John Warmisham, Lead Member for Children's Services. Meanwhile, the Council is proposing to hand responsibility of that department to Chief Executive, Barabara Spicer, although she too was responsible for safeguarding children under the Roles and Responsibilities drawn up  by the Council following the Victoria Climbie inquiry, and ammended in 2006. Spicer's `roles and responsibilities' included:

"Make sure statutory inter-agency arrangements are in place…and ensure there is an open culture between local agencies and good direct communications between senior managers so that they accept and address concerns brought to their attention..."

Salford Council stated that "Barbara Spicer be given the statutory responsibility for children's services pending conclusion of the process".

No official reason has been given for the suspension of Jill Baker...

for further information see previous feature here and here

UPDATED HERE 9th DECEMBER 2009

 

 

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