First director to lead new Falkirk Council service appointed

Falkirk Council's director of children's services Robert Naylor
Falkirk Council's director of children's services Robert Naylor

The job of bringing education and parts of social work together to benefit young people has been filled.

Falkirk Council has confirmed dad-of-two Robert Naylor will be its first director of children’s services and from next month he will be responsible for the welfare of children and their families.

Mr Naylor lives with his wife Lisa in Paisley and the couple have two grown up children.

He worked with Falkirk Council in 1988, teaching maths at Bo’ness Academy, but has been with Renfrewshire Council since 2002 where he is currently director of education and leisure services.

Ahead of that promotion he was involved as an education advisor, initially with responsibility for business studies, computing, raising attainment and the use of ICT (information communication technology) to promote and support learning.

He was then appointed education manager responsible for Renfrewshire’s early work shaping the Curriculum for Excellence. In 2007 he was named head of resource services and three years later director of education and leisure services.

Mr Naylor said: “This is a key post and I feel privileged to have been appointed. I am really looking forward to leading an integrated children’s service which puts children, young people and their families firmly at the centre of how services are designed and delivered.”

The post has been created following a shakeup of how social services run by councils and health care provided by health boards work and has been driven by the Scottish Government.

Its proposed partnership plan will be launched in April and follows consultation locally with Falkirk Council, NHS Forth Valley and other key agencies including Falkirk Health Partnership Board and the Community Planning Partnership.

The goal is to meet the changing demands on social care and health services from Falkirk’s communities through team working.

The impact of this integration, approved by councillors last November, will see most adult care services transfer to the new organisation and the remaining social work services stay with the council under the Children’s Services banner.

Councillor Alan Nimmo, spokesperson for education, said: “Robert’s appointment is excellent news for the council and local people as he brings a huge amount of experience to this new role. He has a key part to play driving this new service forward.”