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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…

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.

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 Christmas Carol

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  • Monday, December 16, 2019
Predicting the future is always a fool’s game but thinking about the future of children’s services before knowing government policy for the next five years seems particularly foolish… although that’s never stopped me before!

Five ways to tackle post-Covid challenges for children's services

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  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Latest research from the Children’s Services Funding Alliance, of which Barnardo’s is a member, estimates that between 2010/11 and 2018/19, funding for children’s and young people’s services has fallen by 23 per cent, from £9.7 to £7.4 billion, while funding per child and young person has fallen by an estimated 26 per cent from £571 to £425.

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.

Community Spirit

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

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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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