Jenny Turnross

Corporate Director for Children and Young People’s Services appointed

LIVERPOOL City Council is set to welcome a new Corporate Director for Children and Young People’s Services.

Jenny Turnross has this week been appointed and will come to Liverpool from Birmingham Children’s Trust where she is currently Director of Practice and has been in post since 2018.

She will start work in Liverpool in August.

Birmingham Children’s Trust oversees the largest children’s services function in the UK and, under Jenny’s stewardship, services moved from a 10-year-long Ofsted rating of inadequate to good.

In the Midlands, she is also the chair of the Local Family Justice Board, chair of the West Midlands Association for Directors of Children’s Services and a member of the early years, primary and secondary Head Teachers Forum.

Prior to joining the trust, she was an inspector of social care at Ofsted.

Jenny’s wealth of experience also extends to the frontline, having been a residential care worker, a deputy homes manager and a social worker at Wigan Borough Council across 14 years. She is also familiar with other areas of the north west, moving from Wigan to Halton and Warrington Councils, before being appointed as assistant director at St Helens Borough Council. She lives in Cheshire.

Jenny Turnross said: “I’m so happy to have been asked to join the team in Liverpool. I know that there are exciting plans already in the pipeline such as the family hubs and the move to the family safeguarding model, and I look forward to working on those as well as bringing fresh ideas to the city.

“Ever since I began working in social care I have maintained the view that children should be at the heart of all we do and this still drives me today.

“Liverpool is a great city and its children, young people and their families deserve a great service. I can’t wait to start making sure that that happens.”

Cllr Liz Parsons, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services, said: “Jenny has an incredible range of experience in children’s social care which will be invaluable to our teams in Liverpool.

“Her achievements in Birmingham show that she faces challenges head on and makes sure that she get results for children and young people.

“We look forward to welcoming Jenny later this summer and moving forward with our plans for children’s social care.”

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