Sara’s role is a key statutory one, leading a department which combines children’s social care with support to deliver excellence in education countywide.
Sara is a social worker by profession, with 32 years of experience delivering services to children and young people. She has held a number of senior roles over the last 10 years, leading social care, education and community health services.
Sara was the Director of Children Services for three-and-a-half years with Dorset County Council and led a successful bid for £2m from the Department for Education’s social care innovation fund, to rethink social work. In April 2017, Sara took on the additional role of adult and community services.
Sara spent four years as elected director on the board of ADCS (2011-2015). She advised ministers in the production of the 2004 Children Act, contributed to the publication ‘Narrowing the Gap’ and was part of the expert group for prevention and early intervention, producing the publication ‘Grasping the Nettle’.