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I have been pondering this question for a while. It has a genuine purpose, done well it tells managers about the quality of practice in the system and if thresholds around risk feel right or not. Done poorly, it tells us nothing and, at its worst, fools us into thinking practice is better than it is....

Everyone who knows me or has heard me speak knows how passionate I am about targeted prevention, using the option of care wisely and sparingly, and holding risk in the community with children and young people's families. So, it might surprise you that in this blog I am going to write about the much less...

I can't be the only person walking around with a smile on my face, enjoying the longer days, seeing daffodils appear and generally enjoying the warmer weather. The year is moving forward at a pace and today I had reason to look forward in my diary to make sure Our Big Day, Rochdale's celebration event...

My name can be a bit of a give-away, and if your assumption was that I have a non-UK heritage you would be correct - but I do consider myself to be British, although not just British. Thankfully, I'm now rarely asked to provide my ‘Christian' name and people generally no longer ask me where I come from...

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...

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...

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 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...

Having recently had our special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision inspected by the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted, and received a report to be proud of, I thought I would reflect on whether the "biggest education reforms in a generation for young people with special educational...