Issued by City of York Council
City of York Council has appointed a Principal Children and Families’ Social Worker for the first time.
Donna Barnes has joined the authority from East Riding of Yorkshire Council and is the first person to hold the new statutory post in York. The role was recommended by Professor Eileen Munro following her review of the English Child Protection System (The Munroe Report 2011).
Donna will have responsibility for supporting the council’s social workers who work with families and children, providing training and giving examples of best practice, as well as challenging the workforce to continually improve their skills and working practices.
Donna said: “As a former frontline social worker and team manager, I know the difficulties and constraints that social workers face, but I also know the difference that their work can make to people’s lives. I’m looking forward to working in York to help families and children across the city.”
Dot Evans, Children’s Social Care, City of York Council, said: “Donna brings a wealth of experience to this important role and I’m delighted that she will be helping us to further improve our social work practices to ensure that we have one of the best services in the country.”
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