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Earlier this month Edward Timpson's long awaited review of school exclusions was published and it certainly made for an interesting read. The report highlighted the increasing rate of fixed-term and permanent exclusions with this cohort disproportionately made up of vulnerable children and young people...

The young person who needs work experience to get hired, but needs a job to fund work experience. The teacher who can see that a child needs counselling, but finds the CAMHS threshold means they must reach crisis point to be eligible. The young gang member who wants to escape violence but only feels...

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is not a place you'd go expecting to debate youth policy. However, in amongst the jugs of Pimm's and garlands of geraniums this year, questions about young people's place in the world were never far from the surface. The big press story - and the big public draw - was the...

Earlier this year, I was among the speakers at a conference in Cardiff which focused on approaches to the issue of child sexual abuse (CSA). Speakers at the event covered topics which included the development of the UK's first child house - London's Lighthouse project, based on the Icelandic ‘Barnahús'...

I've been spending quite a lot of time on trains travelling to meetings and speaking at conferences on behalf of ADCS recently. This has given me some valuable time to do some reading (as well as the obligatory emails!), but it also leaves time for reflection. During the Northampton to Taunton leg...

The debate about what is education continues unabated. The DfE annoyed and baffled many last month when they announced that they did not advocate using the word learning because it is a weak term; they want to use the term attainment instead. Whatever happened to lifelong learning? Learning not to...

Last week, I attended the Greater Manchester Contextual Safeguarding Conference and was privileged to hear Dez Holmes from Research in Practice speak. Dez always provides me with a golden nugget or two to reflect on. As the new director of people at Bolton Council, I was motivated by her challenge...

"Have the stars aligned, at last, to create the conditions for a meaningful dialogue between youth sector stakeholders and decision-makers in  government resulting in a higher profile for youth policy development and leadership in government? Following the ‘Serious Youth Violence Summit' in early...

Last week, one of our nurseries curated a pop-up art exhibition at a central London venue. The art which was auctioned by the manager surprised him enormously as it raised £300 which will be used to fund a woodwork bench and some baby equipment.  I observed the evening through the lens of cultural...

The promise by Civil Society Minister Mims Davies to develop a Youth Charter is an important early win in the campaign by youth sector organisations seeking to build a case for a more stable funding and support infrastructure for youth work and youth social action. The fact that our parliamentary system...