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Children's Improvement Board

The Children's Improvement Board is chaired by the deputy 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. The full purpose of the board is outlined in the Improvement Board - terms of reference (PDF).

Members of the Children's Improvement Board

Members of the board are listed below:

  • Peter Martin, Deputy Leader, Surrey County Council (Chair)
  • Clare Curran, Cabinet Member for Children and Families Wellbeing
  • David McNulty, Chief Executive, Surrey County Council
  • Elaine Coleridge-Smith, Independent Chair of the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board
  • Helena Windsor, Leader of UKIP Group
  • Hazel Watson, Leader of Liberal Democrats Group
  • Julie Fisher, Deputy Chief Executive with strategic responsibility for Children, Schools and Families, Surrey County Council
  • Linda Kemeny, Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, Surrey County Council
  • Mary Ellen McCarthy, Primary Schools Phase Council
  • Nick Harrison, Leader, Residents Association and Independent Group
  • Rose Durban, Department for Education
  • Stuart Cundy, Assistant Chief Constable, Surrey Police
  • Stuart Shephard, Vice-Chair, Secondary Schools Phase Council
  • Paul Walsh, Special Schools Phase Council
  • Vicky Stobbart, Director of Nursing, Quality and Safeguarding, Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group

Latest news

At the last meeting in February, the board focused on work that is underway to improve services for children with SEND (special educational needs and disability). The council and partners are in the process of producing a formal Written Statement of Action following the Ofsted and Care Quality Commission joint inspection of SEND services in October 2016.  

The board emphasised the importance of ensuring this plan increases the pace and scale of our improvement work. It was noted that the improvement work to date has involved a significant number of family representatives, colleagues and practitioners from across the different services and agencies. The terms of reference have been updated to include oversight of SEND improvements and the board will review progress over the coming months.

The board also reviewed the latest position on developing a more coordinated and coherent Early Help offer across the county. There has been a significant amount of engagement work in district and borough areas on how this can be developed locally so it meets the specific needs of communities. The board emphasised the need to ensure this work is integrated across different agencies and asked for a further update in May.  

Next meeting

The board will continue to review progress. Main items for the next board will include:

  • Whole system capacity and demand.
  • Quarterly performance review (substantive item).
  • Domestic abuse.
  • Corporate parenting update.

Files available to download