Cornwall’s Director of Children’s Services shortlisted for national award

From Cornwall Council:

The person responsible for turning around Children’s Social Care Services in Cornwall has been shortlisted for a national award.  Trevor Doughty was appointed as the Director of Children’s Services at Cornwall Council in May 2010 just 8 months after Ofsted inspectors had found its Children’s Services had chronic and deep-seated failings, but now it is rated as an example of best practice.

Trevor has been shortlisted as a finalist in the category of Corporate Director of the Year in the Municipal Journal (MJ) Awards.  An innovative Cornwall service for disabled children and their families has been shortlisted in the category of Innovation in Children’s Services and the Council has also been nominated in the Public Health Improvement Category.

Being shortlisted for these prestigious national awards recognises ability, ingenuity and high performance within the Public Sector.  Successful finalists were selected from a record number of entries by a team of judges from across the country.

Portfolio Holder and Cabinet Member for Children and Well Being, Sally Hawken, said: “I am truly delighted that Trevor has been shortlisted for this award.  It is through his relentless dedication to improving the lives of children in Cornwall, exemplary teamwork and dedicated leadership, that the service has been transformed into a bastion of best practice in so many areas.

“He has dedicated his life to helping improve the lives of young people, not only in Cornwall but in other areas of the country.  It is impossible to estimate how many children he has helped and protected over the years.

“The result of his dedication, hard work and achievements has seen fewer young people coming into care, fewer escalations to child protection which, in turn, means caseload numbers can be kept down and the quality of work with children and families improved and sustained despite reduced budgets.”

The MJ Awards, one of the biggest awards of its kind, will be held in London at the end of June and will feature 100 finalists in 18 different categories.

Trevor Doughty said: “I am so proud of our achievements in Cornwall in improving the quality and effectiveness of our services to children, young people and families.  I am lucky to work with so many outstanding people.  In the end, it is down to the dedication, knowledge and skills of our front line staff and managers. They are one of the strongest teams I have ever had the privilege to lead.”

Cornwall Council has also been shortlisted in the Innovation in Children’s Services category for its work supporting disabled children and their families. The service, which was designed in partnership with parents and carers, is based around early identification of needs and providing the right kind of support, including parent mentors.  In 2018 the service had prevented 217 children needing statutory social work intervention.

Sally Hawken continued: “We are passionate about delivering better outcomes for disabled children and young people by supporting their families at an early stage, providing the right services at the right time and in the right place.  This service is successful because it was created through a strong partnership with parents and carers.”

Cornwall Council has also been shortlisted in the Public Health Improvement Category for its work with pregnant mums to encourage them to quit smoking.

A team of Healthy Pregnancy advisors provide immediate face-to-face support to women and their partners or family members following their 12-week dating scan at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske). This provision is funded by Healthy Cornwall which is the delivery arm of Cornwall Council’s Public Health and Wellbeing Directorate.

Smoking in pregnancy causes up to 2,200 premature births, 5000 miscarriages and 300 perinatal deaths every year in England. Treating mothers and their babies for problems caused by smoking during pregnancy is estimated to cost the NHS between £20 million and £87.5 million each year.

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