Building & sustaining a successful culture

This section contains materials on how to enable best practice to thrive – by addressing organisational culture, behaviours and values, meaningfully engaging with children, young people and families and the wider communities that you serve, and working in an inclusive and empowering way with others across the children’s workforce - in order to deliver better outcomes for children, young people and families.

ADCS Building a workforce that works for all children

The children’s workforce is varied and comprises multiple professions, employers and services, from teachers, sports coaches, social workers, family support workers and school nurses to police officers. Some of these roles are part of the ‘wider’ children’s workforce, which often provides non-statutory support and intervenes at a much earlier stage, yet there is little appreciation of the important role that members of the wider workforce play in improving outcomes of children and families. Read time: 20 minutes

Leadership imbalance - Black and Asian leaders missing in action

A think piece by Meera Spillett, Designer of the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative and former DCS. The reality across children’s services in England and Wales is that despite an increasing Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) population both using and working in children’s services and the public sector as a whole, it is still possible to count on one hand the number of directors of children’s services who are Black. Read time: 15 minutes

What My Sled Dogs Taught Me About Planning for the Unknown

Working with them in the wilderness means negotiating countless shifting variables. Sounds a lot like the world we’re living in. This is an article from the NY Times published in September 2020. Read time: 3 minutes

Sacred Activism and Ubuntu

Which leadership theories and models do you use as their frame of reference? Are they all white, Western and predominantly male-gendered? What conversations have you had with your staff and your communities about their frames of reference, in order to seek out and understand other models? ‘Sacred activism through seva and khidmat’ might give you some food for thought from South Asia. Ubuntu is an African centric approach to educational system leadership. Read time: 45 minutes each

Cultural Competence

This paper suggests that there exists a uniting concept, that when effectively applied, can become a powerful tool for whole organisational and individual change, potentially creating the context for increased equity in the workplace and ultimately leading to improved service provision for diverse communities. Read time: 45 minutes

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