July, 2021

Children's Services news

Welcome note from Jenny

Jenny Coles

Welcome to the July edition of CS News

Firstly, I must congratulate Jo Fisher on being appointed as the new Director of Children’s Services.  As many of you know Jo joined us in January 2019 from Luton Borough Council where she was the Service Director (prevention and early intervention).  Jo and I will be working closely together over the next six weeks to ensure a smooth transfer ready for when she officially starts her new role in September.

 Thank you to everyone that joined in the CS road shows, it was good to see so many people attending.  The recordings have now been uploaded to the Course: Staff Engagement Hub (learningpool.com) for those of you who were unable to join.

 I attended the CS Diversity and Inclusion Board (CS D&I) recently and I’m delighted to see the great progress that is being made.  We have also been working with our ACS colleagues as part of a national scheme - ACS joins the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).  You can read more about the CS D&I Board in this edition and the services it provides and how you can get involved.

You may have already heard that the new Garden of Reflection at County Hall opened on 21 June. It really is a beautiful and quiet area situated behind the council chamber and is well worth a visit if you get a chance.

And last by not least, it’s always good to report that we have had a positive Annual Conversation Meeting with Ofsted, more is featured in this edition along with our Good to Great internet pages

Sadly, this maybe my last CS News as we do not always have an edition in August due to holidays. Therefore, I want to say what an absolute pleasure and privilege it has been to work with you all in CS.  Everyone’s focus on improving outcomes for children, young people and families is an inspiration and over the last year has been truly outstanding.

Thank you!

Wishing you all the very best









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