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"Have the stars aligned, at last, to create the conditions for a meaningful dialogue between youth sector stakeholders and decision-makers in  government resulting in a higher profile for youth policy development and leadership in government? Following the ‘Serious Youth Violence Summit' in early...

Last week, one of our nurseries curated a pop-up art exhibition at a central London venue. The art which was auctioned by the manager surprised him enormously as it raised £300 which will be used to fund a woodwork bench and some baby equipment.  I observed the evening through the lens of cultural...

The promise by Civil Society Minister Mims Davies to develop a Youth Charter is an important early win in the campaign by youth sector organisations seeking to build a case for a more stable funding and support infrastructure for youth work and youth social action. The fact that our parliamentary system...

Earlier this week I attended a development day on Ethical Leadership in Public Services, run by The Staff College. There were very good inputs from all three speakers - Kathryn Perera (NHS Horizons), Sherry Malik (NSPCC) and Martin Kalungu-Banda - I was left thinking about Martin's emphasis on what he...

"Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards. It takes both passion and perspective" Max Weber. Simple ideas are seductive. A fresh way of thinking is motivating and, when captured in memorable language, can be potent. Nothing would ever change without a compelling illustration of what the...

"Every day the opportunity for leadership stands before you" - Heifetz & Linsky "Many people over-estimate their leadership skills and under-estimate the importance of practice" - Keith Grint I found both of the above quotes in the beautifully bound purple and white folder from my National College...

Many will have watched the Extinction Rebellion unfolding on the streets of Westminster with probably a mixture of bemusement, support and irritation. In the last week, I have experienced all three of these emotions - as someone working in Westminster I have to trudge wearily from place to place, held...

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...