Shropshire

Telford &Wrekin to appoint child protection boss

A director of children's services is to be recruited at Telford & Wrekin Council following a national review into child protection.

The role had been vacant since last summer when the previous post holder, Julia Almond, retired.

But chief executive Victor Brownlees held the statutory responsibility in addition to his existing duties.

The Munro review recommended all councils have a dedicated children's services director.

The report, published on 10 May, said the director should report to the chief executive and not share his or her role with other responsibilities.

'Clear guidance'

The review, commissioned by the Department of Education, was prompted by several high-profile abuse cases, including the death of Baby Peter in 2007 and the death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie in 2000 from abuse and neglect.

A council spokesman said the decision to make the appointment was a manifesto commitment of the council's incoming Labour administration as well as being in the light of the review.

Mr Brownlees said: "The Munro Report has given some very clear guidance that this role should be a full time position and we will be moving to recruit to this as quickly as possible."

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