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Without public liability insurance, adventure playgrounds can't remain open. For many years, Zurich Insurance has been one of the few providers available, as other companies are unwilling to take the ‘risk' of offering insurance, despite accident rates for playgrounds being far lower than other activities...

To all those colleagues who have worked or are currently working in authorities judged "inadequate" by Ofsted, I salute you! It's a tough place to be, requiring bags of resilience and a steady nerve under relentless scrutiny. All directors of children's services (DCS), irrespective of their Ofsted...

I am not always great at taking my own advice, which in this case is to take a few days away from the office to "think". I have just had that thinking time in Manchester with social enterprise leaders as part of our membership of E3M. Like all good training courses, there was a facilitator who...

Last week, the government published its Domestic Abuse Bill and a suite of related documents. The Bill has been described as a ‘once in a generation' opportunity to tackle the devastating and lifelong impact that domestic abuse can have on victims and their children. I absolutely welcome the government's...

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people." - Theodore Roosevelt Many organisations talk about working in partnership. It has become something of a mantra. A call to partnership! However, when you actually ask organisations what they mean...

It looks like it's going to be a busy period for the ADCS standards, performance & inspection (SPI) policy committee. Just before Christmas, Ofsted announced its new themes for Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI). These themes, in case you missed them, are going to be early help and prevention, children's...

The turn of the New Year is a time for many to look back at the previous year and also to look ahead to future challenges. I've been considering this recently, whilst thinking about the complexity of working with children, young people and families, and how it's possible to develop a culture where we...

I'm always amazed at how the stories written by Enid Blyton retain their appeal down the generations. The ways of life and modes of behaviour they reflect are entirely alien to the majority of children growing up today and yet something about the characters and their relationships seems to endure. I've...

I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year after what I hope was a rejuvenating Christmas break. Many of you will have kept up with the tradition of choosing a New Year's resolution whether it be getting back into the gym or taking time to read that book that's been sitting collecting dust. As...

I gave up the idea of new year resolutions a long time ago and 40 per cent of people give up their resolutions within a fortnight. Setting yourself a resolution is the quickest way to madness. When I decide I won't drink any wine for a week, all I think about is wine. If I decide not to eat chocolate,...