DON’T OVERLOAD A SHOESMITH

October 3rd, 2011

On 30 September 2011, DfE issued a Consultation Paper, for response by 6 January 2012, seeking comments on revised statutory guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the Director of Children’s Services (“DCS”) and the Lead Member for Children’s Services (“LMCS”), guidance which is described as being “much shorter” and “less prescriptive” than the current version, and which also takes forward one of the recommendations in Professor Eileen Munro’s review of child protection, that it should not be considered appropriate to give additional functions (that do not relate to children’s services) to DCSs and LMCSs unless exceptional circumstances arise.

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