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Last week it was World Social Work Day and I was privileged to open an event celebrating the day with 100 of Walsall's social workers from across adult and children's services. When preparing for it I found a copy of the picture that I used for my ID pass when I first qualified in the same local authority...

It's a measure of the chaos surrounding our political system that the announcement of a contract to establish a £200m youth endowment fund to tackle serious violence crept into consciousness over the weekend. In normal times something as current and significant as this would have seen senior ministers...

I am passionate - as I know many people are - about relationship-based approaches to supporting and empowering children and young people. I'd heard of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) but hadn't explored it in detail. So, last year when our head of early years excitedly and enthusiastically reported...

I arrived on Friday evening in a wet Bath for the Firm Foundations Conference. A wet bath was also just perfect metaphor for my life at the moment! I am currently living without a bathroom while my husband replaces our current bathroom, rebuilding the walls, plasters and doing inexplicable things with...

We know, from our own research, that parents are most likely to cite fears around traffic as the reason they prevent children from going outside. But it's not just accidents we should be concerned about - we need to do more to combat air pollution: the invisible killer on our streets. If we want children...

I have been pondering this question for a while. It has a genuine purpose, done well it tells managers about the quality of practice in the system and if thresholds around risk feel right or not. Done poorly, it tells us nothing and, at its worst, fools us into thinking practice is better than it is....

I have taken Brexit like the rest of the UK, a bit like a grief response; shock, anger, fear, sadness and gradual acceptance but a small piece of satirical news has bounced me right back into the anger phase. Even if it is fake news, this is too much. Mrs May must up her game and not worry about back...

I grew up in a world where reading was a normal pastime. I didn't have access to many books at home but I was an avid library fan. I went every Saturday to borrow two books (we were only allowed two, I hid as many as I could for the following week behind the encyclopedia). I also got two books for my...

Everyone who knows me or has heard me speak knows how passionate I am about targeted prevention, using the option of care wisely and sparingly, and holding risk in the community with children and young people's families. So, it might surprise you that in this blog I am going to write about the much less...

I can't be the only person walking around with a smile on my face, enjoying the longer days, seeing daffodils appear and generally enjoying the warmer weather. The year is moving forward at a pace and today I had reason to look forward in my diary to make sure Our Big Day, Rochdale's celebration event...