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New beginnings!

General Fri, 08 Jan 2021 10:00

I confess that I love new beginnings - a new day, week, term or of course new year! They are sources of hope, a chance to start afresh, renew...

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What a year!

General Fri, 18 Dec 2020 09:36

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,...

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The value of growth mindset and...

Leadership Fri, 11 Dec 2020 07:30

Like many of you, I was fortunate to join some of the sessions at the online National Children and Adult Services conference last month. As ever,...

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It may be Black Friday…but roll...

General Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:22

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”,...

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21st Century adoption

Care Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:17

This week, I had the pleasure of delivering the keynote address at the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) annual conference. The...

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First principles of hope and...

General Fri, 13 Nov 2020 11:02

Welcome to my first ADCS blog since taking up my role as Chair of the South West Sector Led Improvement Group. The events of this year have come...

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A conference like no other

General Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:15

The pandemic continues to alter many aspects of our home and working lives. As if to further underline this point, the spiritual home of the...

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Diversity still matters

General Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:16

This is the final ADCS blog-spot in October, when we celebrate Black History Month, so I’d like to return to the subject of racial and ethnic...

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Learning from schools

Education Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:05

As someone whose career anchor is teaching, with eight years as a secondary headteacher, one of the joys of the DCS role for me is visiting...

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Give a little bit of yourself

General Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:20

In common with many other directors of children’s services (DCSs), I do a monthly blog as part of a newsletter that goes out to all...

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