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Most of the recent domestic political rhetoric has related to the crises in the NHS and in adult social care. I'm not minimising those - there are increased costs for both, with an ageing population and more things to go wrong as people live longer. But services for children, both universal and targeted,...

On 1 April, Birmingham Children's Trust was born, after what has been a long and challenging gestation! I joined Birmingham City Council in August, tasked initially with getting the Trust to the start line for an April launch. Mission (more or less) accomplished - 1,900 staff TUPE-transferred into the...

A conversation I had with a colleague earlier this week occurred against a backdrop of the screaming headlines that more than 50 Londoners are dead and no one seems to be able to do anything. The press asks "what can we do?" and the responses are varied. Families cry and look bewildered saying "but...

There are moments when the invisible becomes powerfully visible to us all. We know from our work at Just for Kids Law that street violence is part of the lives of the children and young people we work with. They tell us how unsafe they feel in their communities and we often hear from them about stabbings...

As I returned to work after the Easter break and with daffodils, Easter eggs and fluffy chicks and bunnies to convince me that it really is spring and a new business year, I reflected back on the last few months and a freezing winter. A few weeks before, I was part of a panel at the launch of the second...

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) children are among the most discriminated against groups in society, most at risk of prejudice and abuse. They are too frequently mistreated and feared, demonised and vilified by sections of society and the print media. As noted by The Children's Society - who have worked...

Writing this blog was on my list of ‘things to do' before officially handing over the reins to the wonderful Stuart Gallimore who became president of ADCS on 1 April - although I'm currently in denial that my presidential year is over! Almost a year ago to the day I was inaugurated into the role of...

Esther McVey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, says that teenagers should be encouraged to take up Saturday and after-school jobs to help them develop a work ethic. I'm not against this in principle - both my wife and I had jobs when we were at school, as did our children and, as a long-time advocate...

It might be understandable if we were frustrated by slow progress given our first report on the state of men in childcare. However, it's not in my nature to give up and actually we have made slow but steady progress. I could list all of the various activities that we have done at LEYF and other colleagues...

Judging by the ADCS twitter feed and the DfE website ‘World Social Work Day' was not only a cause for celebration but it was being celebrated up and down the land. As was the case in many local authorities it was a chance to pause, draw breath and reflect on the amazing opportunities being a social worker...