New children’s trust opens its doors

Edward Timpson, Minister for childrens and families officially opens the Doncaster Children's Services Trust, the first of its kind in the UK. He is pictured (centre) with l-r Paul Moffat, Trust Chief Executive, Chloe Green, 17, service user, Colin Hilton, Trust Chairman and Lauren Millen, 18, Leader Fostering voices Apprentice. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 08-12-14 Children Services Trust MC 1
Edward Timpson, Minister for childrens and families officially opens the Doncaster Children's Services Trust, the first of its kind in the UK. He is pictured (centre) with l-r Paul Moffat, Trust Chief Executive, Chloe Green, 17, service user, Colin Hilton, Trust Chairman and Lauren Millen, 18, Leader Fostering voices Apprentice. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 08-12-14 Children Services Trust MC 1
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Business leaders and dignities descended on Doncaster as the town’s Children’s Services Trust (DCST) was officially opened.

The new independent trust, housed in the Blue Building in the town centre is the first of its kind in the country, and has been created to lead the way in delivering social care services.

The trust began operating in October after Doncaster Council was told last year it was to be stripped of children’s services due to a ‘legacy of failure’.

Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families opened the facility.

The Trust will be responsible for services including police liaison, health services, residential homes, fostering and adoption and youth offending.

Paul Moffat, DCST chief executive said: “We all feel extremely positive about the future of the town’s children’s services. We are a brand new offering, supporting people who require the help from specialists in one or more of our service areas. The Trust, alongside service users, local partners and communities will work together to raise aspirations of young people in our care, to guide them through tough times and support them on their way to success.