My comments on the Taking a New Line on Drugs report and a look at the potential for prevention to have a more prominent role within the UK's approach to drugs misuse.
Michael O'Toole responds to a recent File on 4 programme on Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) and reflects on Mentor's ongoing work with kinship carers in Scotland and England.
I recently attended the ACEVO launch of Remaking the State, a landmark report I co-produced in my role as a Commission member. Here, I share my thoughts on prevention spending, and how charities like Mentor can play a much greater and more effective role as part of our public services.
My reflections on the Home Affairs Committee report into psychoactive substances (New Psychoactive Substances - NPS) and the bill proceeding through parliament, which was published on Friday 23 October. The report highlights the importance of the voluntary sector in working alongside schools and other agencies in response to NPS.
My thoughts on the latest instalment of the Health and Social Care Information Centre's (HSCIC) ongoing survey of young people, which was released last week. This year's report confirms the continuation of a number of positive trends, highlights areas for improvement and, for the first time, provides useful insight into the scale of the NPS problem among young people.
Mentor is embarking on an important new project that seeks to change the way that we support kinship care families in England. In partnership with a consortium of charities, comprising Grandparents Plus, 4Children and the Child Bereavement Network, we will develop an Early Help Model to improve outcomes for children in kinship care.
My top three priorities for the incoming administration to safeguard the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
I feel there are many reasons to feel optimistic about the future of alcohol and drug education in schools, and PSHE education more generally, following a speech by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, on preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.