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The new councillor in charge of social services in Swansea says his priority will be to lead the department out of special measures as soon as possible.
Nick Tregoning will replace Wendy Fitzgerald who has resigned.
This week the Welsh Assembly Government is expected to intervene in the running of the council's children's services department.
It follows two critical reports into its child protection procedures and concerns improvements have been slow.
Liberal democrat councillor Mr Tregoning said: ''We are, for the moment, the only social services department in Wales to be placed in special measures in regard to childrens' services, despite the clear improvement shown over the last 18 months.