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I recently chaired a workshop on suicide prevention at the ADCS annual conference. This focus was a little unusual for us but it was specifically requested by members of the ADCS Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee, who had flagged the growing numbers of children and young people taking...

Last week, I had a panicky phone call from my friend Alice Sharp asking me to get on Twitter and read about the Channel 4 programme which proposes using a dog trainer to help parents manage their babies and toddlers. This has caused outrage from many. Nursery World Magazine ran a piece on it which...

As chair of the ADCS educational achievement policy committee I was asked last week to sign off our press statement on the recently published Education Policy Institute / Fair Education Alliance Annual Report on Education in England. The reference to the forecast number of 562 years from 2019 of when...

As the calendar turns to August, it will seem to many children and young people that the summer holidays have only just begun. With the days and weeks ticking by, September will be just around the corner which means a return to school. Some older children will be heading to colleges, sixth forms and...

As I write this, the political merry go round is in full swing and the former children's minister, Nadhim Zahawhi, has taken up a new role as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to be replaced by Kemi Bedenoch. On behalf of ADCS I would...

The ministerial merry-go-round has come to a stop again with a raft of new faces pledging to bring fresh thinking to some longstanding problems. A new children's minister will immediately come under pressure to resolve the SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) funding crisis and a new civil...

In East Sussex, this year's Young People's Big Vote placed ‘a fear of knife crime' as their number one concern. Despite the thankfully low incident rate in the county, in many ways it is hardly surprising given the regularity with which it appears on the front page of the newspapers or headlines the...

Too many children are losing out at home, at school and in the criminal justice system. Enver Solomon gives the new PM a few suggestions on how to ensure their rights are protected and promoted. On Wednesday, two months after Theresa May announced her resignation, Boris Johnson became our new Prime...

The North East is a unique and wonderful place to live and work with so many positives ranging from the fantastic environment to the cost of living. As a region we have been thinking hard about what makes us different and how that should shape the way in which we work with children, young people and...

I recently found a letter I had written in 2014 to the London boroughs arguing that if we were serious about stemming childhood obesity we needed to work together to support children grow up to lead long, healthy and independent lives and be able to play as full a role in society as possible. At the...