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Ian Vinall

Ian Vinall is a highly experienced senior leader of children’s services who has had responsibility for the strategic and operational delivery of a wide range of services since 2001. Ian has worked through considerable changes in the public sector, in national and local policy and following regulatory inspection processes. Ian has considerable experience in working with partner agencies having jointly planned and then managed integrated children’s services as part of the implementation of Every Child Matters and the Children Act 2004. Working closely with the Office for Public Management, Ian was involved in the national research into the integration, personalisation, co-production and co-commissioning of children’s services. Ian has implemented a number of change projects, for example, the reshaping of a countywide Referral, Assessment and Intervention Service which included the development of a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub and Early Help Hubs and developed, implemented and managed a multi-agency, co-located children’s hub. As a result he has considerable experience of engaging purposefully with a wide range of stakeholders.

As a leader, Ian has created cultures that are open, trusting and honest where mistakes are treated as learning opportunities and where colleagues treat each other with compassion and understanding. Ian believes strongly that senior managers need to cascade their influence with a clear purpose and set of expectations but being grounded in the reality of day to day practice. Ian has been key in developing good practice frameworks based on a strengths based approach to practice, which at its heart, is the relationship between the practitioner and the child and family.

Ian was on the first cohort of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Succession Planning Programme (now called the South East Sector Led Improvement Programme) and became a coach and facilitator of the Action Learning Sets for subsequent cohorts. He has undertaken 5 safeguarding peer reviews on behalf of the Local Government Association and was involved at the early stages of the Innovation Programme work with the Department for Education.

Ian is very proud to be a White Ribbon Ambassador, the UK wide campaign to end male violence against women.