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Regional adoption agencies – necessity can be the mother of invention

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

March 3, 2017

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…

November 9, 2016

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….

November 2, 2016

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

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

October 5, 2016

Do we need a ‘National Child Protection Service’?

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

October 4, 2016

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…

September 20, 2016

DfE’s fostering ‘stocktake’

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

August 17, 2016

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…

June 27, 2016

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….

April 25, 2016

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