The ADCS Blog

It's International Youth Day this Saturday (12th August), a day dedicated to celebrating our young people, their achievements and contribution to society. This has got me thinking about young people and the services available to them. The summer is a particularly busy time as we face a huge demand for...

Now that Parliament has risen and we are in the depths of the summer recess, perhaps it's a good time to take stock. The most obvious thing is that we now have a minority government - the ministers are mostly the same, as are the policies. However, I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that the loss of...

If sector-led improvement (SLI) had a slogan then surely Better Than Today would be it. In fact, improbable as it might sound, Kylie's song titles could provide quite a few chapter headings in the SLI handbook. Come Into My World, Confide In Me…the list goes on and on. But my favourite has to be Better...

ADCS president Alison Michalska has recently drawn attention to the parallels between the association policy imperative ‘A Country That Works for all Children' and ‘Every Child Matters.' We seem to live in a world where collaboration and agreement has given way to binary and divisive positions - where...

Last week the Association held its annual conference in Manchester. This event allowed us to come together as a sector to debate the pressing issues of the day and to share the innovative solutions being developed locally in response to the challenges we all face. On Thursday, in my address to conference,...

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...

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...

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...

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...