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Childhood Matters

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A future vision for the education system

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Policy Spotlight

Childhood Matters

Childhood Matters acts as an update to the Association’s 2017 policy paper, A country that works for all children.


What does it cost to care for...

When I was growing up next to the power station in Widnes my Nan, who left us in May 2007 used to say, 'kindness costs...


This is not a slow burning threat

The MJ: In 2017 the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) published A country that works for all children...

Children’s services leaders in England call for national ‘plan for childhood’

The Guardian: Children’s services leaders have called for a national “plan for childhood” to transform the health, emotional wellbeing and life chances of a generation of youngsters scarred by austerity and the pandemic.