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To be honest, cultural capital is not the usual conversation piece. But it is both a conscious and unconscious part of our everyday lives. Now that Ofsted has introduced the concept into the new Education Inspection Framework it will become more conscious for many people. In 2011, I started to investigate...

Completing this blog has been one of my final acts as president before handing over the reins to Rachel Dickinson, Barnsley's DCS and our president for 2019/20, who I know will be brilliant. I'm not sure how the year has gone by so quickly, must be an age thing, but it has prompted a period of reflection...

Last month, Wales took another vital step towards achieving equal protection under assault law for our children. Julie Morgan, the Welsh Government's deputy minister for health and social services, introduced the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill in the Senedd during...

Last week it was World Social Work Day and I was privileged to open an event celebrating the day with 100 of Walsall's social workers from across adult and children's services. When preparing for it I found a copy of the picture that I used for my ID pass when I first qualified in the same local authority...

It's a measure of the chaos surrounding our political system that the announcement of a contract to establish a £200m youth endowment fund to tackle serious violence crept into consciousness over the weekend. In normal times something as current and significant as this would have seen senior ministers...

I am passionate - as I know many people are - about relationship-based approaches to supporting and empowering children and young people. I'd heard of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) but hadn't explored it in detail. So, last year when our head of early years excitedly and enthusiastically reported...

I arrived on Friday evening in a wet Bath for the Firm Foundations Conference. A wet bath was also just perfect metaphor for my life at the moment! I am currently living without a bathroom while my husband replaces our current bathroom, rebuilding the walls, plasters and doing inexplicable things with...

We know, from our own research, that parents are most likely to cite fears around traffic as the reason they prevent children from going outside. But it's not just accidents we should be concerned about - we need to do more to combat air pollution: the invisible killer on our streets. If we want children...

I have been pondering this question for a while. It has a genuine purpose, done well it tells managers about the quality of practice in the system and if thresholds around risk feel right or not. Done poorly, it tells us nothing and, at its worst, fools us into thinking practice is better than it is....

I have taken Brexit like the rest of the UK, a bit like a grief response; shock, anger, fear, sadness and gradual acceptance but a small piece of satirical news has bounced me right back into the anger phase. Even if it is fake news, this is too much. Mrs May must up her game and not worry about back...