Annie Hudson

Chair - Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Annie Hudson is the Panel Chair of the National Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.  Previously she was the Strategic Director, Children’s Services in the London Borough of Lambeth, and the Chief Executive of The College of Social Work until its closure in late 2016.  Prior to that Annie was Director of Children’s Services (DCS) in Bristol.

Annie trained and practised as a social worker in Brighton and Newcastle upon Tyne. She was then a lecturer in social work at Manchester University where she researched and published on child protection, young women’s experiences of care and social work education. In 1989 Annie returned to local authority work as a child care team manager in central Bristol.

As Bristol’s Director of Children’s Services, Annie worked with the BBC on the highly acclaimed ‘Protecting our Children’ TV series. In 2012 she was given a national Social Worker of the Year award  for her ‘outstanding contribution to social work’.

Annie has held a range of other national and regional roles; she is currently a Trustee of the Board of the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE), and chair of the Adopt London Regional Adoption Agency Board.  She is a member of the Association of the Directors of Children’s Services.