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This week, 20 MPs in the new parliament were given the chance to campaign for a change in the law on an issue they really care about. It goes without saying that Brexit will dominate politics and public debate for the next two years. So this is a unique opportunity for MPs who are passionate about domestic...

The West Midlands ADCS has been quietly unifying over a small but significant group of improvement priorities. Back in December, we took a hard look at ourselves and our performance across the full range of children's outcomes. Whilst there is some excellence in our patch we didn't particularly like...

A report jointly produced by Chief Inspectors of Probation and Prisons slammed the probation reforms, specifically the 'through the gate' services. As a matter of urgency, properly resourced Youth Offending Teams must now hold onto young people, who would normally transition to the adult system at 18,...

I'm often amazed by the strength and resilience of our young people. The challenges they face today are a world away from the ones we faced ourselves as children. Today's reality for our young people is so often a landscape of terror, grief and loss. The horrific attacks in Manchester and London in...

The growth of the online world in recent decades has had a huge impact on all our lives from the way we consume media to how we socialise to how we shop. Depressingly, these rapid changes have been accompanied by a corresponding growth in online issues around child protection. These challenges include...

When it was suggested to me that I put myself forward to chair the ‘spy committee' I couldn't resist the notion. Would it lead to glamorous locations, secret deals, double dealing and exotic meetings? I found out last week when I went to Islington to meet up with my fellow members. Unfortunately, the...

It was an interesting start to a short week. A Tuesday morning visit from Jeremy Corbyn. It may sound a bit grandiose when I say that I have met two previous leaders during an election campaign, both of whom became Prime Ministers. I don't know what this means for Mr Corbyn! His visit resulted in...

In the South West region we can often be challenged by our geography, which can leave us feeling as though we are just not doing enough. However, in May 2016 there was unanimous agreement among directors of children's services in the region that we shared common priorities and that what we wanted was...

The Eastern ADCS region is made up of five large shire counties and six unitary authorities and, as for many colleagues across the country, lots of us are just out the other side of the local elections… New elected members joining, new cabinets being established and preparing for the first full council...

A previous election manifesto addition was to promise parents 30 hours of free childcare. This is an annual increase from 570 to 1140 hours, whether 30 hours term time or 22 hours stretched across 51 weeks of the year. If you are one of the many parents struggling to pay for childcare, "free" is an overstatement...