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Five reasons to extend Kickstart

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  • Monday, January 25, 2021
The government’s Kickstart jobs scheme, which offers funded placements for 16- to 24-years affected by the pandemic is set to end in December.

Care Review must focus on whole systems

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  • Friday, January 22, 2021
The Care Review is an opportunity to look at the entire system and to consolidate the learning we have done since the Children Act 1989. It’s a daunting, but exciting task for Josh and his team.

Come and have a pedagogy chat

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  • Monday, January 18, 2021
On Sunday morning, I had a welcome change from the daily Covid-19 conversation; I met up with Alice Sharp to discuss pedagogy.

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 next in 2021 for early years?

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  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021
I concluded the year steadfastly focusing on the best of 2020. My themes included the advantages of life being smaller, being at home more, and reduced consumption. I also firmly believed there had been a stronger sense of interpersonal connection.

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.

Let nature take the strain

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  • Friday, December 18, 2020
As a parent and a governor, and contrary to some national press opinion, I’ve nothing but admiration for the way teachers have kept schools running and pupils learning since September – coping with an endless stream of last minute government guidance changes and meeting the welfare and wellbeing needs of children in the most trying of circumstances.

Supporting grieving families during lockdown

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  • Monday, November 30, 2020
People are often intrigued about what it is like to work at Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and support families with a very sick child, even more so when that support is anticipating or facing the death of the child.

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.