Knowsley Council welcomes Colette Dutton

Published on: Thursday, 06-November-2014

A leading senior manager from Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services) will be joining Knowsley Council on secondment.  Colette Dutton, Assistant Director at Cafcass, will join the council on 10 November for six months.

Cafcass is a national organisation responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children involved in family court proceedings.

Colette’s role will be an integral part of the council’s Improvement Board, which was established to drive improvement and change following Ofsted’s inspection for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers earlier this year.

Colette brings a wealth of experience, having worked in the safeguarding children environment for 15 years - the last four years of which have been at Cafcass and prior to this, Colette worked for 11 years in a number of local authorities in the North West.

Councillor Gary See, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said “I am delighted to welcome Colette to our team.  Her appointment is part of a programme of intensive support we have introduced to drive forward our improvement plan following Ofsted’s inspection.  In a short space of time, we have made a lot of progress, but we know more needs to be done.  I am sure Colette’s experience will help us to deliver our improvement plan and ensure our children, young people and their families receive the best possible outcomes.”

Anthony Douglas CBE, Cafcass Chief Executive, said “Colette’s secondment is one of a number of ways in which Cafcass is supporting sector-wide improvement in children’s services. We are pleased to be in a strong enough position to support other organisations in our sector, just as many of them have supported us in the past in our improvement journey, resulting in Ofsted finding Cafcass as Good with Outstanding Leadership and Governance.

Improving children’s services is a tough managerial challenge and Colette’s proven track record in this area will help Knowsley. Colette will also have the back-up of the Cafcass infrastructure and systems if she and Knowsley need it.

Evaluating Colette’s secondment will help us to plan for the future in terms of our future roles and remits. Cafcass has a strong group of senior managers and the work Colette will do with Knowsley will help them and also help us because of the mutual learning it will generate.”