Local News - December 2016

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Over 30 members attended this year’s Annual Gathering & AGM held in November. Thanks to all who came and especially to Kieran Prickett our Young Person of the Year winner 2016/17. Link to photos on the Young Lancashire Facebook page.
Young Lancashire’s CEO Graham Whalley recently attended a conference in Russia; International Forum Volunteer of Russia 2016. The event held in Perm over two days in Perm was a huge success with over 200 delegates from across Russia. Expert speakers included UN delegates from Saudi Arabia, Spain, Italy Ireland, Scotland, and England. Link to photos on the Young Lancashire Facebook page.
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News about Christmas opening and events from YL member INTACT
For the latest e-bulletin from Lancashire’s Children’s Trust visit the link below:
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is one of 44 STP ‘footprints’ that have been established across England to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency. It represents 33 NHS and local council organisations, along with third sector partners, and includes Local Development Plans (LDPs) across five areas: Central Lancashire, West Lancashire, Pennine Lancashire, Fylde Coast and the Bay Health & Care Partners area. Within this community there is now a clear sense of common purpose and a sense of urgency around the need for change.
Message from Jo Turton (LCC CEO): New key appointment that has been made for the role of LCC Director of Children's services on a permanent basis.
I am pleased to announce we have appointed Amanda Hatton as the new Director of Children's services.  Amanda is a qualified social worker and currently works at Blackpool Council as their Deputy Director of People Services.  She has a proven track record of delivering improved outcomes in adult and children's services at a local, national and international level.  Amanda has also experience of providing strategic advice and direction at a national level to ministers and national bodies such as the Social Work Taskforce and the national Children's Improvement Board. I am grateful to Linda Clegg, who also works at Blackburn with Darwen Council, for all she has done to aid us and she has agreed to continue working with us to support our continued improvement and provide a handover with Amanda when she starts in February next year.
Filling the role permanently is an important next step to securing long term leadership of children's services and continuing on the improvements that have already started to be made. I want to reassure you that we are prioritising the improvement of children's services and we are committed to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and their families.  The permanent appointment to this key role is clearly an important part of delivering the improvements we need to make.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact me.  Best wishes Jo Turton

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