Cllr Sarah Bogle stands down as children's services boss in Southampton

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A NEW child safeguarding boss has been appointed in Southampton to oversee the welfare of the city’s most vulnerable children.

The new role has been specially created by city council chiefs and will come into force in the new year following the resignation of the current children’s services boss, who quit her Cabinet post today with immediate effect.

And it comes as attention is heavily focussed on children’s and social services in the city following the deaths of four little boys in unrelated circumstances in 2011.

As reported by the Daily Echo, Jayden and Bradley Adams, Blake Fowler and little Nico Maynard all died in unrelated circumstances, with their parents quizzed over their deaths.

Inquests were held in November this year that saw coroner Keith Wiseman point to failures within agencies involved with their care. He also said that children’s professionals “had work to do”.

As later revealed, serious case reviews have now been launched into the deaths of Blake Flower and brothers Jayden and Bradley Adams to try and determine what lessons should be learned to avoid such tragedies happening again.

They will scrutinise the roles of all agencies involved, including council, police, housing and medical staff.

A review into the death of Nico Maynard is the only one to have been completed. It found that agencies had been kept in the dark about the baby’s father, who had previous child cruelty convictions for which he was jailed.

Councillor Sarah Bogle, the woman in charge of children’s services in Southampton, announced she was stepping down from her role at this evening's Cabinet meeting.

Her job will now be split into two posts, with Councillor Dan Jeffery taking charge of the city’s schools, while Councillor Mark Chaloner, a city barrister and Shirley ward representative who was only elected last year, has been given the job of child safeguarding.

Cllr Bogle, who had been in charge since May last year, revealed her plan to step down followed a new job as a project manager at the University of Southampton.

Council leader Simon Letts said the creation of the new post was vital.

He said: “With the serious case reviews coming up next year, we wanted to be able to have someone with expertise in that area within the cabinet, and I am delighted that Mark is joining the cabinet.”

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7:01pm Tue 17 Dec 13

james47 says...

A Child Aged Councillor is now put in charge of Schools...How appropriate...
A Child Aged Councillor is now put in charge of Schools...How appropriate... james47

7:48pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ronnie G says...

£400k was 'identified as needing to be saved' in the Child Services Budget this year by axing 4 posts, ffs, even after the tragic loss of these children's lives it's bin decided to get rid of 4 posts due to severe funding pressures as a result of Budget Cuts. Surely we should be adding to the Child Services funding and not drawing from it?
Yet the 2 new posts are going to cost money, and who will they be helping exactly? Obviously not front line where it would be a vital place to start...
Also where is the money coming from to finance the positions, coz it ain't from the £400k as that was already earmarked earlier this year......
£400k was 'identified as needing to be saved' in the Child Services Budget this year by axing 4 posts, ffs, even after the tragic loss of these children's lives it's bin decided to get rid of 4 posts due to severe funding pressures as a result of Budget Cuts. Surely we should be adding to the Child Services funding and not drawing from it? Yet the 2 new posts are going to cost money, and who will they be helping exactly? Obviously not front line where it would be a vital place to start... Also where is the money coming from to finance the positions, coz it ain't from the £400k as that was already earmarked earlier this year...... Ronnie G

10:14am Wed 18 Dec 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

At one time Cllr. Simon Letts used to claim to be a socialist, but in recent years has started to show his real evil colours of deep blue Thatcherism and total comittment to NuLabour's most evil agenda.

Same Simon Letts who in opposition used to rightly criticise the Tories these days is busy reducing the services and sacking the frontline staff. But the traitor of old Labour keeps on creating more and more well paid cabinet posts for his own colleagues.

Hypocrisy and NuLabour are two sides of the same coin, and recently have become the hall marks of the fake socialist Leader of Southampton Council.
At one time Cllr. Simon Letts used to claim to be a socialist, but in recent years has started to show his real evil colours of deep blue Thatcherism and total comittment to NuLabour's most evil agenda. Same Simon Letts who in opposition used to rightly criticise the Tories these days is busy reducing the services and sacking the frontline staff. But the traitor of old Labour keeps on creating more and more well paid cabinet posts for his own colleagues. Hypocrisy and NuLabour are two sides of the same coin, and recently have become the hall marks of the fake socialist Leader of Southampton Council. Paramjit Bahia

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