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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. The full purpose of the board is outlined in the Improvement Board – terms of reference (PDF) and there are additional details on its focus in the Improvement Board – Chairman’s key areas of focus (PDF).

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
  • Elaine Coleridge-Smith, Independent Chair of the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board
  • Julie Fisher, Acting Chief Executive, Surrey County Council
  • Rose Durban, Interim Director of Children’s Services
  • 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
  • Vicky Stobbart, Director of Nursing, Quality and Safeguarding, Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Diane McCormack, Acting Director Commissioning Children, Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Clive Harrison, Department for Education (DfE Advisory Team, RedQuadrant)

Latest news

At the last meeting in October, the board focused on the refreshed Surrey Children’s Improvement Plan (October 2017-September 2018). This sets out the shared commitments from all partners to improve services and outcomes for children over the next year. The aim is to ensure that all children are seen, safe and heard. The board agreed the overall plan and the key actions that focus on:

  • Quality and effectiveness of frontline practice: making sure practice is consistently good so children don’t wait for help and support
  • Capacity, capability and culture: creating the systems and culture that enables high quality practice to flourish so that children and families get the right help, care and protection when they need it
  • Quality of partnership and governance: ensuring a ‘one team’ approach where support and services join up around children and families

The board also reviewed the latest work being completed in partnership to strengthen the response to child sexual exploitation (CSE) and children who go missing.   Key actions were also agreed to quickly improve performance on some specific areas of support, so we ensure:

  • All children who become looked after have a timely initial health assessment
  • All care leavers have an effective pathway plan that helps them prepare for adulthood
  • All children on child protection plans are seen and listened to by a social worker at least every ten days in-between their reviews

Next meeting

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

  • Review of latest performance and practice quality
  • Independent Reviewing Officers report

Files available to download