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Liverpool's Director of Children and Young People’s Services is leaving the local authority.
Stuart Smith, 53, joined the city council in 2001 as Assistant Executive Director for Education.
He became Executive Director of Children’s Services in 2006, and Executive Director for Children Families and Adults in 2008.
Stuart Smith said: “This is my tenth year with the City and I consider it a privilege to have worked with such a committed workforce of teaching and social care staff.
“I am extremely proud of the progress made by so many talented colleagues. Education outcomes and attendance have improved every year to our current position which is well above the national average.
“Social care for the vulnerable and our safeguarding services have been widely praised by independent inspectors. Adult care is graded as excellent and I am confident that the outcome of the recent safeguarding inspection of Children's Services, to be announced within a few days, will add to our success and be a further cause for praise and recognition of our outstanding social care teams.
“There is no doubt in my mind that our achievements have been supported by our partners and I must particularly thank Liverpool's head teachers, health care professionals, police colleagues and voluntary agencies who collaborate so effectively in support of shared objectives.
“The time is right now for a new leadership to maintain the momentum in the City for a new challenge for myself. I wish my colleagues continued success for the future.”
Liverpool City Council Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald said: “I would like to thank Stuart for his contribution to the improvements in education and social care in recent years.
“He leaves with our very best wishes for the future.”
An interim appointment will be made shortly and a search for a new Director will begin later in the year.