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Doing the impossible

I want to start this blog with a quote from Francis of Assisi: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” - I think it’s what all of us working in children’s services do.

What a difference a year makes

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  • Thursday, October 1, 2020
Who could have foreseen the change the pandemic has wrought, in our working lives and at home and how the relationship between the two has been altered so much?

What do we mean by recovery? 

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  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
As a professional community we have been regularly sharing our experiences of making difficult decisions in extraordinary times.

Anyone fancy burnt oven chips?

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  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020
If this pandemic has done one thing, it has allowed us the opportunity to reflect and examine our relationships, collaborations and partnerships in both our personal and professional lives.

Making schools 'Covid secure' in the Bi-borough

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  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020
We all know children are resilient and can adapt with a swiftness many adults struggle to achieve. So, as rules and regulations around lockdown have changed, young people too have had to keep up with the constant shifting and reworking of the way we can and cannot interact in order to keep each other safe.

Partnership: a renewed common purpose!

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  • Friday, August 14, 2020
ADCS recently published a discussion paper Building a country that works for all children post Covid-19 which highlights both the challenges and opportunities the pandemic has created for children, families and the services they rely on.

Five tasks for the incoming children’s commissioner

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  • Monday, August 10, 2020
Each regeneration of Doctor Who brings strong visions of the person and role that are shared publicly - that’s the sort of energy we need now that the job of the children’s commissioner for England has been advertised.

A digital bonanza?

I would like to begin this blog by paying tribute to Dave Hill who was my predecessor as director of children’s services in Essex, and a tough act to follow!

Leadership in troubled times

One of the lasting impressions left by my leadership development training with the Staff College was the idea of “Leadership in Troubled Times – from the swamp to the high ground”. This seems even more relevant now in the most volatile and uncertain of times.

Should working from home be the new normal?

During last week’s 2020 ADCS annual conference, colleagues discussed options about how the children’s workforce could return to the office environment which gave much to think about.

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