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I am always pleased to be invited to speak about things that matter to me such as social enterprise and the business of childcare, child poverty, pedagogy and wider early years issues such as child obesity or supporting inclusive workplaces. It's always good to come away and see what other places are...

"One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. What matters is the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child" - Forest E Witcraft. I should...

When parents drop their children off at school or college each day, they are confident that they are entering a safe environment. They understand that the adults in positions of power and authority over their children must not abuse it. They also understand that on the rare occasions where power...

I recently wrote a book with the wonderful Alice Sharpe to celebrate the importance of Dads. With so much negativity about men at the moment its worth bringing some balance to the debate. Getting Dads involved from the start has many benefits. Pleasingly, I am noticing more Dads delivering and collecting...

I recently had the pleasure of attending our Herts Awards, organised by the Virtual School for the children and young people in our care. There were over 600 entries, the highest number since the awards began 15 years ago. I don't think anyone could attend one of these fantastic events without experiencing...

Since becoming a director of children's services in May 2010, I've never known a time when we haven't had to make difficult decisions due to budget cuts and rising need for our help. Working in a relatively low-funded local authority means that we have had to ‘transform' our services on a regular basis,...

Every year we have the LEYF annual debate, named in honour of Margaret Horn, student of Octavia Hill and the first paid director of what was then a local charity Westminster Health Society. The organisation has changed immeasurably since then, but we still retain an ethos of belonging and inclusivity...

The National Children and Adult Services Conference 2018 opened on Wednesday 14 November in Manchester with speeches from ADASS President Glen Garrod, ADCS President Stuart Gallimore and Councillors Anntoinette Bramble and Ian Hudspeth from the LGA. In his opening speech to the conference, Stuart...

Yesterday was Kindness Day, and today we are halfway into Trustee Week, a good reason to thank all trustees and to attract new ones. Being a trustee is an altruistic act that can be both rewarding and challenging. Trustees provide a vital volunteering role helping to provide strategic leadership to...

It's widely reported that there's been an increase in street violence, particularly in London - with the number of knife and gun crimes rising. While the causes are complex and multifaceted, victims and perpetrators of serious youth violence often lack a relationship with a trusted adult. One way...