New boss for children's services in WokinghamBy Lewis Rudd and Victoria Corbett
June 18, 2009
Significant challenges await the new boss in charge of caring for Wokingham’s most vulnerable children.
However Andy Couldrick, who will take up the post of Wokingham Borough Council’s general manager for children’s services in September, said he would work quickly to see what the department’s immediate priorities need to be.
The flagging department has been dogged by controversy over the last six months after a Joint Area Review (JAR) from Ofsted labelled the child protection service as “inadequate”.
Several whistleblowers from within the department have come forward this year to reveal the tumultuous inner workings of the service.
They say staff morale is low and revealed some workers have been suspended after reviews by independent consultants of child protection.
Another whistleblower reported several redundancies have been made in the department over the last few weeks after jobs were advertised that current staff opted not to apply for.
The JAR highlighted Wokingham’s failure to keep effective records and retain staff.
- More in this week's Wokingham Times.