Steve Miley – former Director of Children’s Services at Hammersmith & Fulham Council – has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Steve, who spent nearly 40 years working on improving children’s services in H&F, as well as in shared services with Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, retired in the winter of 2019.
A care leaver himself, Steve started out as a social worker in 1981. He rose through the ranks at H&F Council to spend the final two years of his career as the newly established sovereign H&F Director of Children’s Services – where his inspirational leadership made an impression on all who worked with him.
Most importantly, he never lost sight of the fact that the benefit to children was always paramount across all the work of his department . And the compassion he showed in the role positively impacted on the lives of many young people over a great many years.
“Steve’s dedication has ensured children’s safeguarding in H&F has always been of the highest standard,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.
“It was thanks in a very large part to his work, that children’s services in the borough were named among the best in the country in 2016.”
“This is an award for everyone in our schools and in children’s services whose dedication and commitment to children, working in such a supportive political environment, has led to this recognition,” said Steve.
Steve was the first Director of Children’s services in the UK to introduce a council tax exemption for care leavers who move into independent accommodation – others followed.
He was responsible for developing a specialist centre in H&F, which opened in 2018, for parents of children with disabilities to meet, share experiences, get practical advice and support.
Compassion was his trademark, and he supported an initiative to send H&F social workers to help refugee children in France and Greece.
He also established sovereign children’s services in H&F in 2017, which was praised by Ofsted in its first inspection in October 2019.
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