New Commissioner for Rotherham

Published Tuesday, 10th May 2016
Commissioner Bradwell
Commissioner Patricia Bradwell

The deputy leader of Lincolnshire County Council is to become the new Commissioner for children's social care at Rotherham Council.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell is currently Lincolnshire's deputy leader and has executive responsibilities for Adult Care and Health Services and Children's Services.

She has been appointed as the Children's Social Care Commissioner at Rotherham Council by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

She will replace Commissioner Malcolm Newsam, who is leaving this week after completing 18 months in the role, but will continue in her roles with Lincolnshire County Council.

Lead Commissioner Sir Derek Myers said: "We are pleased to have Commissioner Patricia Bradwell in place and we will work together to continue to build on the work we are doing here at Rotherham Council."

Commissioner Bradwell has overseen continued improvements in Children's Services for Lincolnshire County Council over the last 11 years. She took over responsibility for the Children's Services portfolio in April 2005. Since then, her work with colleagues and staff has led to Lincolnshire achieving and maintaining their high rating from Ofsted in their inspection of Children's Services, with Adoption Services being considered 'outstanding'.

Lincolnshire County Council will also be a practice improvement partner to provide peer support and challenge to build on the progress being made in children's social care. This will be led by Debbie Barnes, Director of Children's Services.