Rachel Dickinson

  • Aspire towards achievement

    11 March 2020

    Rachel Dickinson argues the review of children’s care in England must challenge the stereotype that care is a bad place to end up and be more ambitious about what children can achieve.

  • Securing our future, today

    28 January 2020

    Rachel Dickinson warns of the dangers of not making significant long-term investment in children’s services, and says there needs to be a step change in the process of Government funding for essential services.

  • The importance of an early start

    11 December 2019

    With concerns of underfunding remaining in the childcare sector, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) president Rachel Dickinson outlines what she would like to see from future early years policies.

  • Reflecting on the Children Acts of 1989 and 2004

    22 November 2019

    The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) president, vice president and past presidents reflect on the successes of the Children Acts of 1989 and 2004, and what has changed since they became law.

  • Children are this country’s future

    29 August 2019

    Ahead of the spending round, Rachel Dickinson is urging the Treasury to think of investment in children and their families not as a burden but as potentially life changing.

  • Prevention is the key to ensuring our children’s future

    06 August 2019

    Rachel Dickinson encourages Boris Johnson to ensure children are central to the policy decisions of his new regime.

  • Catch them early and save their lives

    03 July 2019

    A child’s experiences at an early age can make a major difference to their long-term outcomes. Rachel Dickinson explains how austerity and a lack of cash is preventing local needs being met,

  • Let austerity end for the children first

    28 May 2019

    Rachel Dickinson says a host of conflicting policy initiatives are making it harder for councils to give children and young people the help they need.

  • Fostering opinion

    08 August 2018

    Rachel Dickinson reacts to recent Government activity reviewing fostering activity across the country and says there is more to be done if local authorities are going to break the systemic issues plaguing the care sector.