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Young people in the Powerhouse: how do we build back better in the north?

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  • Friday, November 27, 2020
As the Chancellor was setting out his spending plans for the year ahead this week, including his pledge to ‘level up’ investment in the north of England, I and many others were hearing about the hopes, fears and expectations of people living in the north at the People’s Powerhouse convention.

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.

The need to properly finance local authorities

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  • Friday, November 27, 2020
During the first lockdown, many county leaders across the country feared that restrictions on children’s services – and particularly the inability to make contact and build support links face-to-face – would have huge consequences: creating an invisible crisis.

Examining how the Care Review should work

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  • Monday, November 23, 2020
Motivation to work in social work and care often comes with an understanding that we can no longer accept the things we cannot change; we should change the things we cannot accept.

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.

Systems and services failing to empower homeless young people

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  • Monday, November 23, 2020
As recent figures point to a rise in youth homelessness, Homeless Link’s new report uncovers a worrying reality of systemic failures curbing young people’s potential, undermining their resilience, and failing to empower them to leave homelessness behind.

Calls for English smacking ban

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  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020
On Saturday, Scotland brought into force a law that ensured children receive the same protection from physical assault as adults.

Learning from Ofsted focussed visits

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  • Monday, November 9, 2020
Inevitably, I was on a zoom call when I received the phone call. We had been expecting it since the start of term – Ofsted were coming to Newham for a focused visit.

The case for kinship care

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  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
There are currently around 78,000 children in local authority care in England, an increase of 28 per cent in the past decade.

Our common ground

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  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Being human, means that we are very likely to encounter challenges as we go through life.