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Bexley appoints new Children's Services chief

PUBLISHED: 09:30 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:30 31 October 2014

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The new appointment was previously a deputy director at Ofsted

Bexley council has appointed a new director of Children’s Services, Jacky Tiotto.

Ms Tiotto joins Bexley from Ofsted, where she is currently deputy director for social care. Her responsibilities include the development of the current single inspection framework for local authority child protection, looked after children and care leaver services. She also leads on the delivery of thematic inspections and was the senior official responsible for the development of Ofsted’s improvement programme. She has previously held a number of senior roles in both national and regional government and in local authorities. Jacky is a qualified social worker.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill welcomed Ms Tiotto’s appointment.

She said: “Ms Tiotto’s appointment will give a further impetus to our efforts to improve our children’s services. Ms Tiotto, through her experience with Ofsted offers a clear and detailed understanding and a fresh perspective, of how we can build on improvements already made to deliver the good quality of services that local people deserve. She will also help to make Bexley a place where the best social care professionals are proud to work.”

Ms Tiotto, said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this important role in Bexley. I am passionate about the experiences and progress of all children and young people and I want to make a difference to their lives at school, with their families, carers and in local communities. I feel privileged to have been offered the opportunity to work on a daily basis with professionals who want the very same things.

“My first priorities will be to improve the pace and integrity of Bexley’s improvement work for children’s social care and to engage closely with the schools partnership to ensure that all children attain well in good or outstanding schools and colleges. I hope to inspire colleagues working with me in Bexley so that together, we can be relentlessly ambitious for all our children and young people.”

Before her time at Ofsted, Ms Tiotto worked as a senior deputy director at the Department for Education. She led a team of advisers working on Professor Eileen Munro’s landmark review of child protection in 2011 and headed the department’s National Safeguarding Delivery Unit. She was also the lead professional adviser to Lord Laming on his review, ‘The Protection of Children in England’ in 2009.

Ms Tiotto is expected to join the council in February 2015.

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