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I wrote my first blog about men in childcare in August 2012. It was prompted by a LEYF male colleague, David Stevens, who said we shouldn't just concentrate on increasing men into childcare at LEYF (eight per cent of LEYF workforce were male) but open up the debate entirely, so we launched the London...

Sarah Lancashire is right up there as one of my all time favourite actresses. Her portrayal of exasperated, downtrodden police officer Sergeant Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley set high expectations of how she would play social worker Miriam in the Channel 4 drama Kiri. It's safe to say she has split...

Joint enterprise is a controversial common law doctrine. It was claimed - in a recent debate secured by the Labour MP Lucy Powell - joint enterprise has ‘produced one of the biggest and most widespread miscarriages of justice ever to face our justice system'. Many MPs backed calls for a review. Put...

A consultation has been launched by the Welsh Government asking for the public's views ahead of plans to remove the defence of "reasonable punishment" against assault in Wales. Currently, adults accused of assaulting a child in their care are able to use a defence that they were disciplining the child....

I want to use this blog to shine a spotlight on children who are not visible to the education sector and by that, I mean those that aren't attending mainstream or special schools. It's a complicated picture and we must first better understand what we mean by children who are not visible to the education...

Christmas almost seems like a distant memory now but I had the pleasure over the Christmas break to spend a whole day with my daughter and her friends watching a marathon of Disney and Superhero films. Typically in the Jones household this then lead to a rather heated and fascinating debate about which...

Welcome Nadhim Zahawi, the latest in a long line of childcare ministers. Let's imagine we are going to have the perfect interview with the newest minister, with the sector being the interviewer. Q. What is retention? A. Well, according to the business dictionary its "an effort by a business to...

It's 3:45pm on Monday 8 January and the cabinet reshuffle is in full swing. I've got one eye on the #cabinetreshuffle hashtag on Twitter. Some of the memes are making me smile, but I still don't have an answer to the question: who's going to be doing what at the Department for Education? It's 3:20pm...

I want to start the first blog of 2018 by wishing you all a very happy new year. I hope that you managed to get a much-deserved break over the holidays and are refreshed and raring to go. To the social workers, doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, foster carers and many others...

Every year, there is one present that exceeds all expectation and this year one lovely friend surpassed herself. She provided me with the antidote to the annual setting of new year resolutions. She bought me "Swearing Is Go*d F*r You" by Emma Byrne. I come from Ireland where the use of an occasional...