Barbara Peacock is the Director of Children and Adults Services for Medway council. She spoke at the recent National Children and Adult Services Conference at Eastbourne recently about the challenges she faces in the current climate.
She said that the critical challenge being faced by herself and other directors is to hold together a common purpose and clear focus on the future provision. Within that task is trying to work out the practicalities of new guidance which is expected and what it means to those who the services are provided to. This will be done by building relationships and coming together to affect the changes required to make a difference to the lives of children and adults within the local authorities.