Child safety ‘fixer’ to leave Northamptonshire

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The chair of Northamptonshire’s child protection board is to leave his role, which he took up in March.

Kevin Crompton, the independent chair of Northamptonshire’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCBN), was brought in to improve children’s services soon after inspectors rated the county ‘inadequate’.

But he will leave to take charge of Bedford Borough Councils’schildren’s service department in February 2014.

Mr Crompton, who came to the county after helping turnaround the council at the centre of the Baby P scandal, said: “The post I have been offered represents a further professional challenge for me and is also closer to my home making it an opportunity I could not ignore.

“I will be leaving confident that much has been achieved in this first year of the improvement programme having re-structured the LSCBN to make it better equipped to challenge performance.”

Mr Crompton said the board’s achievements under his tenure included completing all current serious case reviews on time, adding that most will be published by February

He has also overseen the start of a multi-agency safeguarding hub.

But he said some serious issues are yet to be addressed. He said: “At the heart of the county’s challenge is the need to recruit and retain more qualified and experienced social work staff to make sure the child protection system is appropriately staffed.

“Partners need also to fulfil their role at the early intervention phase so we can reduce the demands on the child protection system.”