Achieving positive change & real impact

How do you stay ahead of the curve, continuously improving and innovating to inspire, energise and enable, in the context of local, national and global change and uncertainty - in order to deliver better outcomes for children, young people and families.

A Country That Works For All Children

A position paper from the Association of Directors of Children's Services. There are more children and young people in our society than ever before yet they are at risk of being short changed as the nation’s focus turns to ‘Brexit,’ the economy and the growing pressures in the NHS and adult social care. The government has consistently stated its ambition to build “…a country that works for everyone…” To achieve this aim, members of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) believe we must first invest in children and young people to build a country that works for all children and their families. Read time: 15 minutes

Schooling for the Future

Whilst most, if not all of us, are learning to come to terms with the rapidly changing world of work, communication, travel, science, technology, engineering etc. it is becoming very clear that once you start thinking about what is often called the digital challenge, it soon becomes obvious that what we are facing is a quantum leap in the speed of change compared to what has gone before. Read time: 18 minutes

Signatures of risk for Children's Services (extract)

Large and diverse organisations, such as local authorities, can sometimes become the enemy of effective delivery at the frontline, when they ought to be powerful allies. Drawing on inspection evidence and the experience of authorities in intervention, the Children’s Improvement Board identified a number of ‘signatures of risk’ as long ago as 2012, but which still provide a useful set of indicators today. Read time: 5 minutes

Why I train grandmothers to treat depression

Chibanda helped to develop a beautiful solution powered by a limitless resource: grandmothers. In this extraordinary, inspirational talk, learn more about the friendship bench program, which trains grandmothers in evidence-based talk therapy and brings care, and hope, to those in need. Watch time: 12 minutes

Breaking through the mistrust

There is a need to better embed diversity and inclusion in training programmes and in ongoing everyday conversation in the workplace, particularly in regards to inclusive leadership and antiracism. A starting point for this is to encourage local authority and children’s services leaders to understand the lived experience of those working in their departments, in order to ensure that any strategies or actions that are implemented are addressing the key concerns of employees from ethnically diverse communities. Read time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Pushing at an open door

This study investigated some of the factors that influence senior education leaders to choose or avoid a career path that takes them into local government service. It looked into the rationale behind the career decisions of senior education leaders, LA strategic leaders and Directors of Children’s Services (DCSs). The study was commissioned by the UPON Programme Consortium, who have a particular interest to learn how they might attract more education leaders to follow this career route and support them with leadership development programmes to potentially become DCSs. Read time: 40 minutes

International Sources Review - Managing placement provision for children and young people looked after

Gain insights into how provision is managed in different countries

Children’s Services issues in a post-Covid world

These two discussion papers may be useful prompts in thinking about some of the challenges and opportunities

Leading for Longer: New report issues call to action on high turnover of leadership roles in children’s services

A call for action has been issued by The Staff College after a number of concerns have been raised about the high turnover of leadership roles within children’s services.

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