Children and Families Executive Director to Retire

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Dundee City Council is looking for a new executive director of its children and families service following the announcement that Paul Clancy is to retire.

Mr Clancy will leave at the end of the year after nearly five years in the post.

Starting his career as a secondary teacher in 1985, Mr Clancy then worked as a principal teacher, staff tutor, ICT education manager and educational development service head.

He was the city council’s head of service for secondary, 16+ and support for learners before becoming executive director for children and families services

Paul Clancy said: “It has been a privilege to serve as executive director of the children and families service in Dundee.

“I would like to pay tribute to everyone involved in the service. It is strong and talented team full of people committed to educating, protecting and encouraging the children and young people of this city.

“Their dedication is amazing and they committed to tackling varied challenges, many of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

“Issues like poverty and attainment remain across the city, but I am proud of the progress that we have made.

“Significant investment has been made in the school estate and we are rolling out the Early Learning and Childcare expansion to 1140 hours across the city. Meanwhile, we have taken steps to ensure that more care experienced children remain in the city. 

“I am certain that this excellent service will continue to do all it can to improve the opportunities for every child in in this city.”                                      

Councillor Stewart Hunter, convener of the children and families service committee, said: “Paul Clancy will leave behind a strong track record of delivering for the children and young people of this city.

“He has developed the council’s children and families teams into a joined-up service that is looking forward to the future.

“Paul has always had the best interests of Dundee’s young people at heart during his distinguished career for the council.

“I wish him all the best for his retirement ahead.”

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