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Tackling demand in children’s services

Tackling demand in children’s services

We know we must change, we can see it is possible, now to work out how. We recently co-authored an…

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Regional adoption agencies – necessity can be the mother of invention

Regional adoption agencies – necessity can be the mother…

In mulling over the quandaries facing our clients on regional adoption agencies (RAAs) I was considering how to clarify some…

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Do alternative models work for child services?

Do alternative models work for child services?

This article was originally posted in The MJ. In recent months local government has been calling on Theresa May and…

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NCAS Conference – live blog, day one

NCAS Conference – live blog, day one

Like last year, at NCAS Conference IMPOWER will be live blogging, capturing snap shots of the most interesting things heard and seen….

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Back to work: Returning to consulting and children’s services

Back to work: Returning to consulting and children’s…

This week a date arrived that I had for a long time felt far off on the horizon: My return…

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Do we need a ‘National Child Protection Service’?

Do we need a ‘National Child Protection…

Image credit: @aboutwithneilmp It was standing room only at a packed Localis fringe event to debate whether the UK needs…

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How not to tackle a ‘national emergency’

How not to tackle a ‘national emergency’

Last week the great and good of public health gathered for the Public Health England (PHE) conference.  It was a…

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DfE’s fostering ‘stocktake’

DfE’s fostering ‘stocktake’

This month Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson committed to a “national stocktake of fostering”. In response to the national…

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Widening the debate on the future of children’s services

Widening the debate on the future of children’s services

In December 2014 Children’s minister Edward Timpson unveiled a plan to tackle poor standards across “failing” children’s services departments. Within…

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Beyond tokenistic co-production in children’s services

Beyond tokenistic co-production in children’s services

With a background of working in service transformation for children and young people, I have seen the words “co-production” or “engagement” frequently used….

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Domestic Abuse: 7 million victims and counting

Domestic Abuse: 7 million victims and counting

On average nearly two women a week are murdered by a current or ex-partner in England and Wales (ONS crime…

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The Evidence Against Interest: David Cameron and children’s services

The Evidence Against Interest: David Cameron and…

Ok, I thought, as I saw the news filter through that the Prime Minister had decided now was the time…

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