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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...

Earlier this week I attended a development day on Ethical Leadership in Public Services, run by The Staff College. There were very good inputs from all three speakers - Kathryn Perera (NHS Horizons), Sherry Malik (NSPCC) and Martin Kalungu-Banda - I was left thinking about Martin's emphasis on what he...

"Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards. It takes both passion and perspective" Max Weber. Simple ideas are seductive. A fresh way of thinking is motivating and, when captured in memorable language, can be potent. Nothing would ever change without a compelling illustration of what the...

"Every day the opportunity for leadership stands before you" - Heifetz & Linsky "Many people over-estimate their leadership skills and under-estimate the importance of practice" - Keith Grint I found both of the above quotes in the beautifully bound purple and white folder from my National College...