Mayor Ros Jones set to be council representative for Doncaster Children’s Trust

Ros Jones.  Picture: Andrew Roe
Ros Jones. Picture: Andrew Roe

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones and the Director of Children’s Services, Eleanor Brazil are set to become representatives on the new Doncaster Children’s Trust.

Doncaster council’s cabinet will be asked to agree to Ros Jones and Eleanor Brazil being put forward as the council’s nominees to the Doncaster Children’s Trust at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday (February 19).

This follows a ruling from education Secretary Michael Gove in July last year, which stated that an independent trust will be set up to run children’s services in Doncaster.

Doncaster council has now finalised the legal arrangements for the Doncaster Children’s Trust, which is set to launch in April and will be the new body that will deliver children’s social services across the borough.

Colin Hilton, who is a respected local government figure with a strong background in children’s services and a former Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, has been appointed as the Trust Chair and has commenced work this month.

Other partners in the borough including South Yorkshire Police and NHS will both have a representative on the board and other members will include individuals with significant expertise in children’s work at a national level.

Jo Miller, Chief Executive of Doncaster Council said: “Significant progress has been made since Doncaster Council was given the green light by the Secretary of State for Education to set up a Trust that best meets local needs and delivers for our children, young people and families.”

She added: “Now we have a Chair and a legally formed body as a Trust we can begin to motor and one of the first steps in this important chapter will be to finalise which services stay in the Council and which will transfer to the Trust.”

The Council’s social care teams, providing support to vulnerable children and families along with the fostering adoption services and children’s homes would transfer. Services which support education would be retained within the Council. A few services will require more detailed consideration before coming to a final view.

The search has now started for the Trust’s chief executive.