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National role for Warwickshire’s children’s chief

Marion Davis, Warwickshire County Council’s Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families, has been appointed to the board of a national organisation responsible for overseeing education, children's social care and safeguarding.

Ms Davis has been elected as the new Vice President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), the body for statutory directors of children’s services and other children’s services professionals in leadership roles. Kim Bromley–Derry, Director of Children’s Services in the London Borough of Newham, is the new ADCS President for the next 12 months.

ADCS works closely with ministers, government officials, the community and voluntary sectors, local government organisations and other key local and national agencies on the implementation and implications of The Children Act 2004 and the Change for Children programme, the children’s workforce, local authority and school inspections.

Its members specialise in developing, commissioning, leading and managing children’s services, while supporting colleagues in delivering services locally.

After a year in post as Vice President, Ms Davis will take on the Presidency of the organisation.

Ms Davis said: “I am honoured to be appointed as Vice President of ADCS, which is an important organisation responsible for shaping the leadership and delivery of children’s services across the country.

“In 2009 the Association will continue to provide invaluable professional support and advice to colleagues through its national network of expert professional leaders.

“It is a very challenging time for children’s services, as child protection issues remain high the national agenda, and we must embrace the developments arising from the Lord Laming report in addition to raising the profile of the very good work that is going on in the sector.”

Ms Davis has 25 years experience in social care and is a qualified social worker, with a degree in Sociology and Psychology and a Masters Degree in Applied Social Policy.

She has worked as a social worker in London and with Dorset and Devon Social Services and has experience in the voluntary sector.

Prior to joining Warwickshire County Council in January 2003 as Director of Social Care and Health, Ms Davis was Head of Service for Children and Families and then Head of Community Care Services at Plymouth City Council.

In December 2005 she took up her current post as Warwickshire’s Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families - which she will combine with the ADCS role, as Warwickshire Children’s Trust continues to integrate services in the county.

The ADCS this week announced its policy priorities for the coming year, with safeguarding topping the list. The priorities will shape the work of the Association in influencing national policy and supporting directors of children’s services and their senior management teams in delivering services locally.

The Association’s policy priorities are:
Safeguarding and wellbeing
Reducing the impact of poverty on children, young people and families
The transfer of responsibility and funding for 16-19 education
Leadership development for directors of children’s services and their senior teams