Dear Sir, Congratulations to Peter Duxbury who has been appointed as Director of Children’s Services.

Why though describe Peter as an “ex social worker”?

Peter’s very best chance of making a success of what must be one of the most challenging and important social work roles in Europe will depend on him remembering the skills, values and principles of his profession – not forgetting them.

Best wishes to Peter Duxbury, Birmingham City Council and most of all the young people who helped them appoint him – from the international professional social work organisation which is proud to be based here too.

Hilton Dawson

Chief Executive

British Association of Social Workers