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New Direction at Dorset's Children's Services

Sara Tough

8:34am 25th September 2013

Dorset County has found a new director to take over the running of their Children's Services department.

Sara Tough will join the team in the New Year. She's currently service director for children, family and community health at Swindon Borough Council where she has worked for the last 5 years.

The 54 year old has wide experience working with children and started her career as a social worker.

Sara said: "I have a real passion for making sure the whole system works well together in the interests of the children we support. For me it's about closing the gaps to help children with the challenges they face in their lives and helping families build their resilience to become more self reliant."

"I'm absolutely delighted and really excited to be coming to Dorset. I feel that I will fit well with the way the council needs to develop in future, particularly in light of the financial challenges."

Sara will replace Jackie Last, who is retiring at the end of October. Jackie, the council's former deputy director for children's services, took over from John Nash in September 2012.

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