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Mystery surrounds absence of Birmingham children’s boss Peter Duxbury

Mystery surrounds absence of Birmingham children’s boss Peter Duxbury

🕔11.Jul 2013

The £145,000-a-year head of Birmingham’s children’s services department, Peter Duxbury, has been absent from his desk for two weeks and the city council is refusing  to comment on when  he might return to work.

Mr Duxbury attended a management board meeting on June 25, but the following day the council issued a press statement confirming that the Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families was “taking urgent unplanned leave”.

As well as having overall responsibility for children’s social care, Mr Duxbury is also Birmingham’s chief education officer in charge of the city’s schools.

On July 9, council leader Sir Albert Bore was asked about Mr Duxbury at a press briefing.

Sir Albert said: “He is taking leave because of personal matters that he has to resolve. These will be resolved in due course.” The council leader declined to comment further.

Mr Duxbury joined the council in April 2012 and was given the remit of sorting out children’s social services, which have spent four years under government special measures after being declared inadequate by Ofsted.

He was previously head of social services at Lincolnshire where he turned around performance and obtained an ‘outstanding’ rating from inspectors.

Mr Duxbury took over at Birmingham from interim strategic director Eleanor Brazil, who as a consultant was reported to be earning £1,000 a day. She was drafted in for 18 months following the early retirement of former CYPF strategic director Tony Howell.

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