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Five years ago, I wrote my first blog about men in childcare. It was prompted by a LEYF male colleague, David Stevens who said we should not just concentrate on increasing men into childcare at LEYF (eight per cent of LEYF workforce were male) but open up the debate. At the time he was managing a...

The HMI probation report on the work of youth offending teams to protect the public highlighted the importance of trauma-informed approaches with those subject to court orders in the youth justice system. The report found that children tended to have experienced distressing or disturbing events. Crucially,...

Last month, we celebrated National Adoption Week and this year's theme was finding the right adopters for sibling groups. There are currently over 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England, of which 61 per cent are waiting to be adopted together with their siblings. Siblings are the longest...

Starting with the key point - fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) are a key contributor to family and child poverty and should be banned. But I fear they won't be banned, and the best we can hope for is better control and regulation - though many vested interests will argue against even that. Why...

‘Britain faces a social mobility emergency', these were the words of Justine Greening at the Sutton Trust Social Mobility Summit 2017. Improving social mobility so that all children and young people, irrespective of their background, can achieve their full potential, has been an aim for successive governments,...

Dear Mr Goodwill Last week, as I watched the debate on thirty hours "free childcare" initiated by Ruth George MP sitting on the Green bench, I wondered why something that everyone appeared to agree was a good idea needed to become party political. Both parties advocated more funded hours to reduce...

I don't always agree with government policy - and with the present government I agree less than ever. But I can usually accept that there is something proper about the process. There is something, if not pleasing, at least worthy of professional respect about a law that has been through consultation,...

It's tough raising children. When it comes to discipline it can be difficult to know how best to react when a child is misbehaving. Whether it's the naughty step, taking away privileges and entertainment or talking things through with them, everyone has different methods and philosophies for dealing...

Highs and lows are part of our professional reality and this week has been no exception, with the highs and the lows coming in quick succession and often surrounding the same issue. Take the meeting of the Children, Young People and Families Partnership this week which I have the privilege of chairing....

I'm pleased that Theresa May commissioned the research that is now being published. It's always useful to have detailed and complete evidence. I'm looking forward to trawling the website for new insights. But unfortunately the headlines so far have simply told me what we have known for many years,...