Sally Rowe is the Director of Children’s Services at Walsall Council. Prior to this, she was the Director for Children and Learning at Luton City Council. She is the former Deputy Director, Social Care, with Ofsted and a Senior Civil Servant. As Deputy Director for Social Care, she had responsibility for Ofsted’s social care work including the delivery of timely, high-quality inspections, the development of policy and inspection methodology and work with the social care sector nationally. Prior to joining Ofsted, Sally was Deputy Director of Children’s Services and Head of Families First at Staffordshire County Council. She has also been a governor at a sponsored academy and a trustee of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) board.

Her professional background is in social work and she has worked in a number of local authorities holding responsibility for safeguarding services, services for looked after children and children with disabilities.

Sally has personal experience of kinship care in her own family and is therefore very aware of the need to ensure proper support is given, particularly to grandparent carers.