Leading expert brought in to lead county’s child protection board

Baby P
Baby P

The man who helped turn around the council at the centre of the Baby Peter case has been brought in as the new independent chairman of the county’s Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Kevin Crompton has previously worked as chief executive of Haringey Council and Luton Borough Council and currently chairs two safeguarding children’s boards in Sutton and Merton.

His work in Haringey included improving children’s services following the tragic death of Peter Connelly, also known as Baby P.

The announcement of his new role comes ahead of the publication of serious failings within child protection, which were uncovered during an Ofsted inspection of police, social services and the NHS.

Key findings of the report into failings in child protection in Northamptonshire are due to be revealed later this month.

On starting the new role, replacing the previous chairman, Janet Galley, who left late last year, Mr Crompton said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to chair the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children’s Board and I am looking forward to working with partners in the county to ensure we keep children and young people as safe as we can.  

“Throughout my career I have always been passionate about developing services which provide children and young people with the best opportunity to fulfil their potential.

“The safeguarding board makes a vital contribution to this ambition and I am looking forward to working in the county.”

Mr Crompton is currently working as part of the team to establish an Early Intervention Foundation in the UK and is a trustee and non-executive director of EMLC, a charity specialising in school improvement and leadership.

As chairman of the LSCBN, Mr Crompton’s role will be to ensure all organisations and agencies involved in safeguarding work together effectively.

Safeguarding children boards were established nationally to ensure the effectiveness of work to safeguard children and young people, promote the welfare of children by co-ordinating the work of partner agencies and ensuring their effectiveness, and to co-ordinating wider safeguarding activity.

A safeguarding children’s board is a statutory, multi-agency body established under the Children Act 2004 and comprises senior representatives of all of the main agencies involved in providing services to children in the county.