Statement from Birmingham's Head of Children's Social Care

By on 19/03/2010 in News

Colin TuckerIn relation to an interview Colin Tucker, Director of Children’s Social Care, gave to BBC Radio WM as part of their new ‘Hard Talk’ series:

Colin Tucker, Director of Children’s Social Care, said:

“We have some brilliant social workers in this city who do a fantastic job in often very difficult circumstances.

“For those who meet our standards, Birmingham is a great place to work and develop a fulfilling career in social work.

“However, we are very clear that if people do not meet the standards we have set, both frontline staff and managers, we will take robust action.

“We are happy to provide people will all the support they need, but the bottom line is if they do not respond we can not afford to retain them.

“This is part of a wider drive to remodel the service which includes better training and career development, a clearer definition of roles and better understanding of the expectations we have on staff.

“When we interview prospective social workers now, if we are not satisfied they meet the criteria, we will not employ them because that is not good for the children of this city, who deserve the best.

“None of the people dismissed were associated with the Khyra Ishaq case. They were dismissed for a variety of performance-related reasons.”

 

To listen to the interview on BBC WM:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/birmingham/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8569000/8569875.stm

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  1. GC says:

    Commonsense stuff to counteract some of the media nonsense. Well said Mr Tucker.

  2. Richard says:

    Well said Mr Tucker! But I don’t think so! Tucker may have been parachuted in to sort out this failing department but why wasn’t its culture of uselessness noticed before. It’s all very well to pontificate after the event; it’s a much braver thing to whistle blow before. Shame on those who didn’t give a monkey’s. Is the Chief Executive looking for pastures new? No? I thought not…

  3. Richard Morris says:

    ““When we interview prospective social workers now, if we are not satisfied they meet the criteria, we will not employ them because that is not good for the children of this city, who deserve the best.”

    You mean that, previously, staff who did not meet the criteria were appointed? Explains a lot.

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