The ADCS Blog

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...

"One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. What matters is the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child" - Forest E Witcraft. I should...

I recently had the pleasure of attending our Herts Awards, organised by the Virtual School for the children and young people in our care. There were over 600 entries, the highest number since the awards began 15 years ago. I don't think anyone could attend one of these fantastic events without experiencing...

Since becoming a director of children's services in May 2010, I've never known a time when we haven't had to make difficult decisions due to budget cuts and rising need for our help. Working in a relatively low-funded local authority means that we have had to ‘transform' our services on a regular basis,...

The National Children and Adult Services Conference 2018 opened on Wednesday 14 November in Manchester with speeches from ADASS President Glen Garrod, ADCS President Stuart Gallimore and Councillors Anntoinette Bramble and Ian Hudspeth from the LGA. In his opening speech to the conference, Stuart...

Listening to reports of yet more serious youth violence in the last few days and feeling sick to my core at the tragic and senseless loss of young life, and the devastation of family, friends and communities, I reflected on the continued challenges we face in trying to make a difference to the lives...

Local authorities are ambitious about improving outcomes for children but our ability to do this is being compromised by a 50 per cent reduction in our budgets since 2010 whilst at the same time more children and families are in need of help with increasingly complex needs. We also estimate that over...

The outcome of the ‘Brexit' referendum in 2016 has triggered the single most significant constitutional shake up in living memory. Extricating ourselves from the European Union (EU) will have huge economic, legal, social and cultural consequences, some of which we are just beginning to get to grips with...