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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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