Getting to the root of youth violence
Jenny Coles urges all parts of the public sector, including Government, to work in a co-ordinated way with the voluntary sector for a holistic public health strategy to combat violence among our youth.
Don’t forget our youth workers
Government needs to put as much focus on resourcing the children and young people’s workforce as it does on ensuring the sustainability of the of the sector in the short term, argues Jenny Coles.
Investing in our future
Jenny Coles is president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Jenny Coles explains why early investment in children prevents harm and makes financial sense.
Pulling children out of poverty
Poverty is not inevitable or ‘someone else’s problem’. President of the ADCS Jenny Coles looks at the future of the 200,000 more children who will face poverty in the wake of COVID-19.
We must find a way to invest in our future
The ‘hidden harms’ to children over the past six months will be uncovered when schools fully open in September. We need an urgent and transparent discussion about funding, says Jenny Coles.
Children should not carry the cost of this crisis
Emergency funding for the pandemic is welcome, but it is not enough to cover costs. Children should not bear the brunt of the cuts, says Jenny Coles.
An opportunity amidst the gloom
As social workers battle the coronavirus, Jenny Coles calls for children’s interests to be centre stage, now and after recovery.
A critical time for children’s services
Alison Michalska explains the urgent need for government action and national attention on the state of children’s services, while Jenny Coles calls for a national strategy to end child poverty, and Ian Thomas puts forward the case for government investment in the Autumn Budget.
Putting youth justice on trial
For many children and young people in custodial settings the picture is bleak. Jenny Coles calls on the sector to work with youth justice partners in tackling safety and wellbeing concerns.
How Hertfordshire CC is embracing the safeguarding challenge
The Hertfordshire family safeguarding model is now being piloted outside of the county council’s borders. Jenny Coles explains its progress over the past two years.