Sir Paul Martin Ennals', CBE is Chair of Haringey Local Safeguarding Children board (LSCB), South Tyneside LSCB, Gateshead LSCB and Sunderland LSCB. He also chairs the Safeguarding Adult Boards of Gateshead and South Tyneside. He was previously chief executive of the United Kingdom's National Children's Bureau, a post he took up in 1998, having previously been director of education and employment for the RNIB. He was vice-chairman of the government's National Advisory Group on Special Educational Needs (SEN) from 1997 to 2001, chairman of the Council for Disabled Children from 1993–1998, and founder chairman of the Special Educational Consortium.
In 2000 he chaired an independent review of pre-schools and playgroups funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). He chaired the DfES/Department of Health working group which produced the guidance on disabled children aged birth to three years Together from the Start in 2002 – the precursor to the Early Support Programme. He served on the Department of Health Strategy Group for the Children's National Service Framework, and chaired the group which produced the core standards. In 2003 he chaired the Task Group making recommendations on children and young people for the Public Health White Paper.
He was chairman of the Children's Workforce Development Council from 2009 until its closure in 2012. CWDC represented the interests of employers and employees working with children in early years, social care, and related settings. He currently chairs the Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE), Fareshare Northeast, and the Fulfilling Lives Strategic Board. He is vice-chair of Ways to Wellness.
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