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Do we know what Brexit means for...

General Fri, 26 Oct 2018 10:02

The outcome of the ‘Brexit’ referendum in 2016 has triggered the single most significant constitutional shake up in living memory....

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Should we be worried about...

General Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:07

There has been some recent national media coverage about local authorities using ‘algorithms’ to predict the likelihood of a child being...

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Evidencing safeguarding pressures

Safeguarding & Child Protection Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:44

I continue to be amazed by the extraordinary efforts of the staff working in local authorities to support their towns, cities and communities. As...

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Could’ve, should’ve,...

Safeguarding & Child Protection Fri, 05 Oct 2018 10:18

One of the privileges that come with being the ADCS President is that you get to represent the Association at a range of interesting events. Last...

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Diversity matters

Workforce Fri, 28 Sep 2018 09:22

Directors of children’s services (DCSs) are all kinds of different characters, but if you’re at all like me, one of the things you’ll...

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Words may be mightier than the...

General Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:00

Words may be mightier than the sword…

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Children’s Funding – It’s...

Funding Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:56

By September, budget planning is well underway in local authorities and I imagine many of us are having similar experiences contemplating...

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An inspired corporate parent

Care Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:11

Brave, brave, brave! This was the word bounding around my head as I sat beside three care experienced young people during a public meeting of the...

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Growing into the role

General Fri, 31 Aug 2018 14:55

It was just about two years ago that I took up the role of Director of Children’s Services (DCS) at Staffordshire County Council. This was not...

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When fact is stranger than fiction

Safeguarding & Child Protection Fri, 24 Aug 2018 11:34

Returning home from my summer break was one of those occasions when fact was stranger than fiction. On the flight, one of the films on offer was...

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