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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.

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!

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.

On love, and love after lockdown

The devastating loss of our friend, colleague and ADCS past president Dave Hill had a huge impact on our sector last week, and on the many of us who knew, loved and admired him.

What’s LOVE got to do with it?

Former ADCS president, Dave Hill CBE, died suddenly this week. He was a kind and compassionate man with a big heart who made a huge difference to so many lives.

An opportunity for meaningful change

All schools and colleges across the country are now allowed to open more widely to children if they feel able to as lockdown measures are being slowly eased.

Many colours of the rainbow

As a student social worker, I came to understand that anti-discriminatory practice was the cornerstone of my social work training that needed to underpin all I did, professionally and personally.

Walk a mile in my shoes

I am a bit of a closet Elvis fan and the lockdown has led me to explore the backwaters of my record collection which, in turn, led me to 'The King’s' song ‘Walk A Mile in My Shoes’. This got me thinking…

The meaning of tests

On Thursday we were advised that the five tests had been met and that the phased wider opening of schools could commence from 1st June.

Community Spirit

Covid-19 has understandably consumed nearly all of our attention over the past couple of months.

ADCS president's virtual inauguration

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  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
In normal times, Thursday 23 April would have been the day of my Presidential Reception, taking place in the impressive surroundings of the Museum of London.

A message of thanks

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  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
When I agreed to write a blog for ADCS last year, no one told me that my slot would fall right in the middle of a global pandemic where home-working has become the norm and conference calls the default for us all.

Setting our priorities for the year ahead

This week marks my first as ADCS president. It promises to be an interesting and eventful year, more eventful than I realised it would be when I decided to stand for the role at the end of 2018!

What is education for?

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  • Monday, February 24, 2020
Schools play a vital role in their local areas by widening opportunities for children and families, providing a pathway out of poverty, engaging with children’s services and early help, and serving their local communities.

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