Children's Improvement Board

The Children's Improvement Board is chaired by the leader of the council and has members from the council's main political groups and partner organisations. It was established to act on behalf of the county council to oversee improvements to Children's Services.


Members of the Children's Improvement Board

Members of the board are listed below:

  • David Hodge, Leader, Surrey County Council (Chairman)
  • Clare Curran, Cabinet Member for Children, Surrey County Council
  • Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Education, Surrey County Council
  • Claire Burgess, Independent Chair of the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board
  • Hazel Watson, Leader of Liberal Democrats Group
  • Nick Harrison, Leader, Residents Association and Independent Group
  • Ben Bartlett, Secondary Schools Phase Council
  • Mary Ellen McCarthy, Primary Schools Phase Council
  • Paul Walsh, Special Schools Phase Council
  • Jon Savell, Detective Chief Superintendent, Surrey Police
  • Amanda Boodhoo, Deputy Director Safeguarding, Surrey Wide Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Diane McCormack, Acting Director Commissioning Children, Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Clare Stone, Executive Director of Quality, North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Sumona Chatterjee, Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning, Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group

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At the last meeting in April, the board continued to monitor and scrutinise the priority practice improvement work being undertaken across Children's Services and Early Help to ensure all children are Seen, Safe and Heard.

Priority areas reviewed and discussed by the board included:

  • Children at risk of, and vulnerable to, neglect and the importance of promoting productive partnerships with families, social care and key partner agencies.
  • The Child and Adolescent, Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provision and the ongoing work with Health partners to review and improve the current arrangements.
  • Vulnerable learners and exclusions from schools, with a focus on children missing education and elective home education.
  • Overall update on caseloads and workloads for frontline practitioners across Children's Services and the capacity and demand review.

The board also heard feedback from the Interim Director for Children's Services about the recent Ofsted Annual Conversation and the updated self-evaluation of our services.

Strengthening Practice events have been held with almost 1000 practitioners in April and the board considered the emerging key themes, the response and follow-on actions from the events.

The feedback from the practitioner events, our Ofsted Annual Conversation and the recent inspection continue to inform priorities for the Improvement Board and all partnership agencies.