New ADCS president: this is the year to ‘reset the ambition for children’

With a feeling of hope at lockdown restrictions lifting, incoming Association of Directors of Children’s Services president Charlotte Ramsden says this year “feels like the year to reset the ambition for children and young people” and that now is a “really exciting time for children” – Community Care has reported.

Following a year in which children have missed months of school and been separated from friends and loved ones, and mental health problems have deepened as child poverty and domestic abuse have increased, this strikes a highly optimistic note. However, Ramsden, who spoke to Community Care last week before she took on the presidency, is clear that being ambitious for children and families requires a long-term plan from the government – similar to the 10-year plan for the NHS issued in 2019 – backed by sufficient investment.

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