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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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Additions to our toolkit

General Fri, 09 Oct 2020 10:24

I am sure we all agree that we are currently living in unprecedented times, impacting on our vulnerable families, children, and young people...

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Together in the same (virtual)...

General Fri, 02 Oct 2020 14:51

Many of you, like me, will have had several key dates fixed in the diary well before lockdown or home working became the new normal. Budget...

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What a difference a year makes

General Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:05

It’s exactly a year since I last wrote a blog for ADCS and my what a year it has been! Who could have foreseen the change the pandemic has...

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What do we mean by recovery?

General Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:05

As a professional community we have been regularly sharing our experiences of making difficult decisions in extraordinary times. The pandemic has...

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