Questions for our new Children's Services chief

From yesterday’s Evening Standard:

The man charged with turning around Haringey’s failing social services faced a string of critical reports in his previous job after two children died in cases of suspected abuse…

Schools Secretary Ed Balls appointed Mr Lewis 10 days ago praising his “excellent” reputation as director of children’s services in neighbouring Enfield.

But an investigation by the Standard has found social workers and health staff in Enfield were criticised over cases in which children died or were seriously harmed under his watch…

Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, said the cases raised concerns.

She said Mr Lewis’s salary, a large rise from Ms Shoesmith’s, raised expectations that he would be able to tackle the deep-rooted problems in Haringey.

“We expect a huge amount from Mr Lewis,” she said. “It would be appropriate to hear directly from him. We want to be reassured on how he handled these cases and how they came to light.”

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  1. Lynne, it has been a year in which the post-Blair shakedown really got going, and there is another 18 months of it to go. Nick Clegg’s Demos speech this month (http://www.demos.co.uk/events/whyiamaliberal) I thought was brilliant, setting out “the intellectual underpinnings of the Liberal Democrat project to renew and liberalise contemporary Britain”. Pace yourselves, I suggest. And have a happy Christmas.