A Step Forward

On Tuesday I was sitting on the Children’s, Schools and Families Scrutiny Committee over at the Ivory Towers. As you are probably aware, Children’s Services got well and truly spanked on it’s recent Ofsted inspection and report (it didn’t just drop the ball, but lost it). The then Director did the honourable thing and fell on his sword, and rightly so.

After the dust had settled, and the blame game had stopped, a new Director (interim) has been appointed. This was his first time attending this Committee and he may have thought he was in for a bit of a grilling on the way forward or previous actions.

From what I saw and in the way he answered the questions he certainly has a John Smith No Nonsense approach to the Service. I have a feeling we are finally (and with much relief) sorting out this mess once and for all.

If not I am sure another sword can be found.


  • Anonymous

    As you said the nite before last, I am impressed that your blog appears first in a google search! I am even more impressed by the honest contents of this blog…perhaps we could organise a collection to buy some more swords, as more people in that department are heading for an almighty fall….

  • Anonymous

    You will never sort out something like this – too many changes take place. There will always be something that gets in the way of provididng a good/excellent service to the public.
    As one who works in this field it's a case of constantly catching up with new initiatives rather than working effectively with old ones.
    Keeps one on one's toes though!

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