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Dare to lead…

Leadership Fri, 17 Jun 2022 10:01

Thinking about the time we have ahead of us as a sector, I have been reflecting on what it means for the kind of leadership that will be required...

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Standing shoulder to shoulder with...

Care Fri, 10 Jun 2022 09:05

There are over 150,000 children growing up in kinship care in England today, and with the publication of the Independent Review of Children’s...

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The power of our Association

Fri, 27 May 2022 13:23

This blog was first due a couple of weeks ago, but the small matter of an ILACs inspection diverted my attention. I can confirm that spending...

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A role like no other

Leadership Fri, 20 May 2022 11:05

I find myself writing this blog at a strange time – two days before I am due to leave Northumberland County Council to take up the Director of...

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A game of marginal gains

Workforce Fri, 13 May 2022 13:34

I am sure that the West Midlands is no different to any other region, in that recruitment and retention seems to be our number one topic of...

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Two years on...

Care Fri, 06 May 2022 13:16

Two years ago I remember sitting in my garden during the spring time of the first lockdown with so many mixed feelings. There was a sense of...

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Between the hammer and anvil

Early Help & Families Fri, 29 Apr 2022 10:28

As Director of Children’s Services (DCS) for one of the 75 areas eligible for the Family Hubs and Start for Life programme, I am pleased that...

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Navigating a time of change

Workforce Fri, 22 Apr 2022 09:03

Looking outside at the spring sunshine it feels like change is in the air, although as I’m in the North East it’s still a bit chilly. This...

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Plenty on the horizon

SEN & Disability Thu, 14 Apr 2022 10:01

I am pleased and proud to continue to chair the ADCS Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee. The committee has a wide remit but an...

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General Fri, 08 Apr 2022 09:00

In preparing for this blog, I re-read Charlotte Ramsden’s final blog as ADCS President from last month, “time to pass the baton”. As...

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