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|Title:||Government backs Council’s trust proposal|
|ID & Publication:||20131011010 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
Doncaster Council has welcomed the Government’s decision to support its proposal for transforming how children’s services are delivered in the future.
The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, has confirmed that the independent Children's Trust, which will deliver children’s services including safeguarding, can be designed and commissioned by Doncaster Council working with its partners and the new Children’s Commissioner.
In a letter to Mayor Ros Jones, Mr Gove said he was ‘content to agree in principle to the establishment of Doncaster Children’s Trust, without the requirement to remove Doncaster’s children’s services functions entirely.’
Mayor Jones welcomed the news and that the Education Secretary had reflected on the common-sense and well thought through proposal by the council.
Mayor Jones said: ‘I am pleased the Secretary of State has rephrased his initial views and supports how we would wish to progress his original ‘arm’s length trust’ proposal.
‘Supported by our partners, we put forward a compelling and well thought out case as to why this was the correct approach for transforming how children’s services are delivered across the borough. The model is based on what is right for Doncaster, our residents and most importantly our children and young people. We are strong advocates for the borough and were determined to put forward the strongest case which the Secretary has listened to and has now agreed to support.
‘We look forward to work closing with the Government to finalise details of the trust and set about bringing the rapid and sustained improvement of children’s services we are all determined to achieve.’
Working with Alan Wood, the Commissioner for Children’s Social Care, a timetable and implementation plan will be worked up in the coming weeks.
The trust will be established for a ten year period with a review after five years as recommended in the Le Grand review. The Secretary of State will retain the power to step in if required in the future.
Full details of the council’s response to the Government’s Draft Direction which sets out this new approach can be found at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/legrandresponse
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