Children’s trust ready to move in

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The independent trust set up to run Doncaster Council’s children’s services department will start work in the autumn.

Education Secretary Michael Gove ordered an outside team be sent in to take charge after a ‘legacy of failure’ during which the authority came under fierce criticism over its handling of the deaths of seven children in five years through abuse or neglect.

The council’s cabinet will hear on Wednesday that all parties involved in establishing Doncaster Children’s Services Trust are working towards a start date of October 1.

Months of hard work has gone into considering what the trust needs to start work – from what council services would be transferred and where the trust could be based to IT, financial and legal requirements.

Ninety-nine per cent of the services which will transfer to the trust have now been identified.

The services include family support teams, safeguarding and child protection, social care, fostering and adoption, children’s residential units, the Youth Offending Service and targeted youth services.

Transfer of staff will be subject to on-going staff consultation and discussions with the trade unions.

The trust’s headquarters have also been identified with The Blue Building on High Street picked to house the trust’s HQ with the tourist information centre moving to the Mansion House.

Chief Executive Jo Miller said: “The timescale we’ve been set is challenging and what we are all keen to get right is that the trust is set up with the best interests of children, young people and families at its core.”