Fifth new senior officer appointed to Norfolk County Council’s beleaguered children’s services department
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Norfolk County Council has appointed a new senior officer to its troubled Children's Services department.
Kevin Peers, who qualified as a social worker 36 years ago, has taken over as interim assistant director for safeguarding and looked after children.
He has worked across the country and in recent years has been an interim, working with authorities that need support to improve services for children.
He said: 'I am committed to ensuring the very best for children and young people and am looking forward to the challenge of joining Norfolk.
'There is a very strong team in place in the county to support the improvements that are needed and I look forward to ensuring that Norfolk's children are safe and well cared for. '
He replaces Tom Savory, who earlier this month left the council suddenly, receiving a payment in lieu of working his three months notice.
He is the fifth new senior officers brought in since the appointment of Sheila Lock as interim director of children's services.
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James Joyce, cabinet member for safeguarding at Norfolk County Council, said: 'Kevin is an experienced social worker with a significant track record of driving forward improvements in services.
'It has been important to recruit the very best staff to address the concerns raised by Ofsted earlier this year and that has meant bringing in experienced leaders quickly when other staff have moved on.
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'We have a really strong team and we are already making progress and that must continue at a rapid pace.'