Jenny Coles

  • Getting to the root of youth violence

    17 March 2021

    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

    20 January 2021

    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

    25 November 2020

    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

    06 October 2020

    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

    19 August 2020

    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

    02 June 2020

    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

    21 April 2020

    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

    10 October 2017

    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

    09 August 2017

    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

    10 May 2017

    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.