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Role of single head for education and children's social services could lead to schools being overlooked, say school and college leaders
Directors of children's services like Sharon Shoesmith have "the job from hell" because their remit is now so big they cannot help neglect some children's needs, headteachers warned today.
In an attack on the whole government policy of combining education and children's social services, the Association of School and College Leaders said schools were being overlooked as children's services focus on protecting young people who risk abuse at home.
Local authorities have merged their education and children's social services teams to create children's services departments so vast their directors "risk taking their eyes off the educational ball," the ASCL argues.