‘And how exactly did you help my mum and dad? ‘ On accountability, communicating with children and thinking relationally

In recent years, there has been an increasing push towards adoption as the gold standard for children who can no longer live with their parents. The Care Inquiry set out to take a look at this in 2012, and gathered evidence from a host of respondents. Most importantly it heard from young people themselves, who suggested that systems and practices inadvertently produced a series of broken relationships. Continue reading ‘And how exactly did you help my mum and dad? ‘ On accountability, communicating with children and thinking relationally

Empowered for change: a joint focus on capability

Crisis management and short-term goals are not enough, says Participle’s principal partner

Those with first-hand experience of working with troubled families know there are no easy solutions. Continue reading Empowered for change: a joint focus on capability

Pick your paintbrush: why what you measure matters

Governments, businesses, social enterprises all look for the right metrics or data to be able to help them make decisions and shape their policies. But, what if the data collected doesn’t paint a complete picture? Continue reading Pick your paintbrush: why what you measure matters

Capabilities: what they are and why they matter

The wealth of a nation is its people. Or put another way, in the words of the philosopher and capability guru Martha Nussbaum: “It is people who matter”.

It seems so obvious, doesn’t it, but so little public policy is actually about people: what they are able to be and do (as opposed to have) and what real opportunities are available to them. Continue reading Capabilities: what they are and why they matter

How to survive in a relational economy: home and away

Have you ever been enjoying yourself at a party, only for the topic of conversation to turn to something you’ve got professional experience of? It’s impossible not to get sucked in. I work helping people to build their social network to find job opportunities and improve their careers, so whenever people are chatting about their job searches my ears prick up. I’ve heard lots of tips and tricks, career advice from the sensible to the insane. Continue reading How to survive in a relational economy: home and away

Face to Face: Connecting SMEs to the talent pool

At Backr, one of our aims is to connect users with opportunities at small to medium enterprises. From a logical standpoint SMEs provide the majority of jobs in our economy therefore they’d be an ideal source of present and future opportunities, right? Well, yes, but things haven’t been that simple. Many of these are local businesses, and engaging with them requires a local, personal touch. Continue reading Face to Face: Connecting SMEs to the talent pool