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Oxfordshire names new childrens services director

Oxfordshire County Council has appointed Kevin Gordon as its new director of children’s services.

Mr Gordon is due to start his new role in the summer and comes to Oxfordshire from Hammersmith and Fulham Council, where he is an assistant director in children’s services.

As a trained social worker, he has experience in practice and senior management roles across children’s services.

In addition, Mr Gordon has delivered a number of improvement and change programmes in children’s services and education, working across schools, children’s social care and the voluntary and community sector.

‘I’m pleased to be joining a council with the scale of ambition of Oxfordshire and look forward to working with colleagues in delivering further improvements to residents,’ he said.

‘These are unprecedented times for everyone, with particular challenges for families. Part of my role will be to support staff and partners across all settings, who are continuing to deliver vital services to Oxfordshire’s children and young people.’

The leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, added: ‘Kevin has vast experience across many organisations in children’s services, particularly regarding service transformation. He is passionate about preventative services, which are important to support those who need our assistance.’

Oxfordshire has also launched a new, dedicated line provides extremely vulnerable residents access to a central team who will be able to offer advice on a range of issues, and will be operational from 8:30am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday from Friday, March 27, and 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

If you or someone you know has been identified as extremely vulnerable by the NHS and have no support network, please contact the dedicated team on 01865 89 78 20 or email shield@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

If you live in Oxford City, you can also phone 01865 24 98 11 between 8am and 5pm or visit www.oxford.gov.uk/CommunityAssistance

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