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From and to our friends in the...

General Fri, 07 Jun 2019 14:27

It’s nearly a year since I started in Blackburn with Darwen as the Director of Children’s Services and Education. I had the opportunity of...

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The precarious state of local...

General Fri, 31 May 2019 12:19

The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ (IFS) recent analysis of local government funding highlighted the extent of government cuts to date. It found...

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Is this what an inclusive society...

General Fri, 24 May 2019 11:00

Earlier this month Edward Timpson’s long awaited review of school exclusions was published and it certainly made for an interesting read. The...

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Prevention is better than cure

General Fri, 17 May 2019 13:42

I’ve been spending quite a lot of time on trains travelling to meetings and speaking at conferences on behalf of ADCS recently. Whilst this has...

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A little kindness goes a long way

General Fri, 10 May 2019 11:13

Last week I attended the Greater Manchester Contextual Safeguarding Conference and was privileged to hear Dez Holmes from Research in Practice...

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Continuing the leadership theme

General Fri, 03 May 2019 13:59

Earlier this week I attended a development day on Ethical Leadership in Public Services, run by The Staff College. There were very good inputs...

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Leadership and a duty of...

General Fri, 26 Apr 2019 13:59

I first became a DCS in 2005, which equates to the Paleolithic Age in DCS terms, and was in Cohort 1 of the Leadership Programme – very much...

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Continuing the legacy of a country...

General Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:28

Last week I had the great privilege of delivering my inaugural speech as ADCS President to a room packed full of colleagues, peers and many...

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Setting our priorities for the year...

General Fri, 12 Apr 2019 15:28

Yesterday, I was extremely proud to deliver my inaugural speech as ADCS President 2019/20 at an event in London. It was an excellent day and...

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Good things come to an end, so even...

General Fri, 05 Apr 2019 08:53

Completing this blog has been one of my final acts as President before handing over the reins to Rachel Dickinson, Barnsley’s DCS and our...

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