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In East Sussex, this year's Young People's Big Vote placed ‘a fear of knife crime' as their number one concern. Despite the thankfully low incident rate in the county, in many ways it is hardly surprising given the regularity with which it appears on the front page of the newspapers or headlines the...

Too many children are losing out at home, at school and in the criminal justice system. Enver Solomon gives the new PM a few suggestions on how to ensure their rights are protected and promoted. On Wednesday, two months after Theresa May announced her resignation, Boris Johnson became our new Prime...

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I recently found a letter I had written in 2014 to the London boroughs arguing that if we were serious about stemming childhood obesity we needed to work together to support children grow up to lead long, healthy and independent lives and be able to play as full a role in society as possible. At the...

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12 July 2019

As I sit down to write this blog the ADCS Annual Conference 2019 has just finished. If you didn't get a chance to catch Rachel Dickinson's amazing speech or attend all of the conference sessions you can catch up on them, here. There were so many interesting ideas and experiences shared, and it was...

With the school term finishing, the summer holidays are once again upon us. Children and young people will have a much-earned rest after the academic year, as will their teachers. Parents and carers, especially those unable to find childcare arrangements, will be faced with a tough choice about...

At the end of July, we will know who the next Prime Minister is, and we should have a good idea about what some of their priorities will be for this country. The main focus of the recent debates between the candidates has understandably been on Brexit, this issue has dominated the time and attention...

As we witness heatwaves across central Europe, freak hail storms in Mexico and simultaneous drought and flooding in India, even the most hardened climate change deniers are struggling to avoid the conclusion that something's up.  More than 90 local authorities (and rising) have now declared a climate...

Local authority children's services does something good for local family… Seems like an unlikely news story doesn't it? It's hard to think of a job more important than child protection. While most children, young people and families thrive, for some a little extra support is vital. To protect the...

On 22 May I joined many other people in watching a Panorama programme exposing the cruel and callous treatment of staff towards people with learning disabilities and autism in their care at the now infamous Whorlton Hall. This programme came after an eight year period of reform in this area, including...