The ADCS Blog

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...

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...

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...

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...

"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...

Completing this blog has been one of my final acts as president before handing over the reins to Rachel Dickinson, Barnsley's DCS and our president for 2019/20, who I know will be brilliant. I'm not sure how the year has gone by so quickly, must be an age thing, but it has prompted a period of reflection...

Last week it was World Social Work Day and I was privileged to open an event celebrating the day with 100 of Walsall's social workers from across adult and children's services. When preparing for it I found a copy of the picture that I used for my ID pass when I first qualified in the same local authority...

I am passionate - as I know many people are - about relationship-based approaches to supporting and empowering children and young people. I'd heard of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) but hadn't explored it in detail. So, last year when our head of early years excitedly and enthusiastically reported...

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...