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What's in a name?

23 September 2019

Language is so important, it affects the way we see people and situations and great examples are seen in the language used in the care system. Children and young people in our care often say they don't want to be referred to as ‘LAC' or they want the time they spend with their family to be called ‘family...

We all care passionately about children's services. We know the ins and outs, the policy and the legal detail. Sometimes it's easy to forget that not everyone knows what we know. And if that's the case for our elected members, who are there to help drive and shape our services, then we're going wrong...

A few weeks ago in Hertfordshire, we were really pleased to be one of the areas visited as part of the LGA/ISOS review of statutory guidance for local authority run youth services. Andy and Peter, who lead on our youth offer through YC Hertfordshire, were keen that we did our best to show the value of...

The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, will announce spending plans for public services for the next 12-months. There has been much speculation about what his priorities might be and which areas will receive good news. The Prime Minister has made a series of funding pledges to address some of the huge pressures...

I recently chaired a workshop on suicide prevention at the ADCS annual conference. This focus was a little unusual for us but it was specifically requested by members of the ADCS Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee, who had flagged the growing numbers of children and young people taking...

As chair of the ADCS educational achievement policy committee I was asked last week to sign off our press statement on the recently published Education Policy Institute / Fair Education Alliance Annual Report on Education in England. The reference to the forecast number of 562 years from 2019 of when...

As I write this, the political merry go round is in full swing and the former children's minister, Nadhim Zahawhi, has taken up a new role as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to be replaced by Kemi Bedenoch. On behalf of ADCS I would...

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...

The North East is a unique and wonderful place to live and work with so many positives ranging from the fantastic environment to the cost of living. As a region we have been thinking hard about what makes us different and how that should shape the way in which we work with children, young people and...

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Grow your own

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...