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Hopes for the future

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  • Monday, January 18, 2021
Starting the new year, I’m sure we are all glad to see the back of 2020 but know that 2021 will continue to be a real challenge.

New beginnings

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  • Monday, January 11, 2021
I confess that I love new beginnings - a new day, week, term or of course new year.

What a year!

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  • Friday, December 18, 2020
It’s traditional that the President writes the last ADCS blog of the year. This year has of course not been what we were anticipating, predicting or indeed ‘traditional’ and certainly not what Rachel would have been thinking about when she wrote her blog this time last year.

It may be Black Friday…but roll on the Happy Mondays!

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  • Friday, November 27, 2020
Today is Black Friday! It may feel as though it is so called because “it follows Black Thursday, or it’s at the end of a very bad year”, but the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is the busiest shopping day of the year.

Considering 21st century adoption

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  • Monday, November 23, 2020
This week, I had the pleasure of delivering the keynote address at the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) annual conference.

Give a little bit of yourself

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  • Monday, October 19, 2020
In common with many other directors of children’s services (DCSs), I do a monthly blog as part of a newsletter that goes out to all children’s services employees in my local authority.

Additions to our toolkit

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  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
I am sure we all agree that we are currently living in unprecedented times, impacting on our vulnerable families, children, and young people possibly more than any other group of people.

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.

Take a deep breath

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  • Friday, August 21, 2020
So, writing this in the middle of August makes me think that in many ways this is the moment for taking a deep gulp of fresh air so that we can be prepared for whatever might happen next…

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.

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!

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