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Last week, I spent a morning with staff from two nurseries talking about pedagogy. Kindness and what it means was central to the discussion on social and emotional wellbeing. It's quite the topic of the month with the Duchess of Cambridge saying it was more important to be kind and compassionate than...

Few would deny the need for shared learning. In the wake of a child's death learning is paramount; the lasting legacy from such tragedy has to be a change for other children. I am sure that we can all remember the learning from high profile cases like Baby P, although it was 10 years ago the findings...

I recently read a piece about the growth of artificial intelligence and the impact it will have on existing jobs, whether the driverless car or the extension of computer controlled decision-making. I can't understand the rush into such an inhumane world.  Why do we want more automated services, more...

As I sat among the panel at our annual young people's question time a couple of weeks ago, I looked out at a sea of expectant young people and reflected on what I knew about them, their various life experiences and why they wanted to be there. Our youth mayor; a confident and skilled emerging politician,...

Last week, I saw "Love" at the Birmingham Rep, after its transfer from the National Theatre. Love, by Alexander Zeldin, is a new piece that brutally but forensically exposes the challenges facing families placed in a short-term local authority hostel. Two of the players are a lone Syrian refugee/asylum...

Throughout my presidential year, most of my best work has been done in the reception area of the Department for Education. Occasionally this area is crowded with aspiring heads of academies and multi academy trusts - in which case I head a few doors along to the wonderful Abbey Community Centre for coffee...

A social enterprise's most valuable asset is hope It's hard to get a feel of what is going on with the government at the moment. Communication is muffled and it feels like we are watching a foreign psychological thriller without the subtitles. The Prime Minister has said some great things about...

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Changing the narrative

30 January 2017

Last week's blog from Alison Michalska, ADCS vice president, got me thinking about change within ADCS and our world of children's services. Those of you who read Alison's blog will know that the association turns 10 years old this year. Since its creation, there have been 11 serving presidents including...

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A decade of ADCS

24 January 2017

It's hard to believe, but 2017 marks a decade since the creation of ADCS. It was created when the law changed to create children's services authorities and the role of the director of social services came to an end. It feels like only yesterday that we started out on this shared journey together. There...

I'm often struck by what a crude term ‘corporate parent' is - we use it to describe our shared responsibilities to our children looked after and I guess it is a short hand for all the things we do and would want to do for the children in our care. Recently, I was struck right where it matters - in...

 

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