36 years
in practice

Politics is the vehicle for change in society; Politicians are the engine; Policy is the fuel, and changing Practice the wheels for progress. Public opinion is so often the driver. We need effective political advocacy for the best interest of children, young people and childhood today.


Speaking out for children – where to now?

Budget slashing – it is time to speak against the cuts

BMA Presidential Speech 2015


You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life! Winston Churchill

Criticism is something we can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, being nothing

Attributed to Aristotle 384-322 BC

For many, it is the best of times to be a child or young person and we should recognise and celebrate it. There is so much to be pleased about.

Despite this, for too many children and young people in the UK it is the worst of times – we have overall some of the worst outcomes for health, social care, education, youth justice and poverty in the developed world.

My ‘Scientific Advocacy Cascade’ concept was road tested by the Children’s Commission to be effective especially when accompanied by the translation of research into policy and practice.

My work asks why, and what’s to be done about it alongside a positive note with practical suggestions for progress and for hope.

Courage: We need courageous people who can stand up to expose injustices and poor practice

Compassion: The dreadful plight of so many vulnerable and disadvantaged children points to a singular lack of compassion in society.

Commitment: Somehow, we need to brigade the countless people who do care into a ‘movement for children’ not least to get leverage for a long-term vision for the steps that can be taken to improve outcomes.