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Norman
High Green, Sheffield UK
CEO & Co-Founder of Paces
Interests: It's not about my interests. What's interesting is: using web2.0 for collaboration; breaking out of boxes; escaping isolation; coming in from margins; finding new places.
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As can be seen below, it's a busy day if visitors to this small and rather narrowly special interest blog amount to 10 visitors. However, the impact on the visitor stats of the Rotherham abuse story is dramatically revealed by... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Moving On
Two relevant articles, the first from The Guardian; the second from BBC News: In the first, Sonia Sharp gives an interesting insight into the dominant culture when she took office "“You can’t be a director of children’s services and not take responsibility for what happens to children,” Sharp said in a statement. “I am sorry that these children and young people suffered terrible abuse and I wish we could have done more to prevent the abuse of children and young people in Rotherham. .... Nine years ago, the council’s greatest challenge was to change the predominant view that those children exploited were “promiscuous teenagers in consensual relationships”, rather than victims of child abuse, she said.“Across our children’s services there were many people who dedicated themselves to stopping these awful crimes,” she said. (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/29/rotherham-child-abuse-victorian-education-official-sorry) The second notes a call from an abuse survivors' advocate for Sonia Sharp to step down from her current post but also goes on to note questions facing other former Rotherham managers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28977821
The Times today headlines a new and shocking development in this story that has only previously been hinted at: "Rotherham 'seized files in grooming cover-up' - http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4190365.ece (£paywall). "Senior staff at Rotherham council ordered a raid on one of their offices to remove case files and wipe computer records detailing the scale and severity of the town’s sex-grooming crisis, sources have told The Times." Coincidentally, this morning, out shopping and over a cup of coffee in Waitrose cafe, I met a retired social worker who had worked for many years with vulnerable children in Rotherham. She very nearly came to tears as she told me what this story meant to her and how she felt about the service she had loved. She seemed not at all surprised at The Times report of a management cover-up and the betrayal that represented of frontline workers. A very moving meeting.
Andrew Sutton asked me to post this Comment on his behalf. "A comment that I just wrote vanished when I pressed the button. "This is it: "There is no question about it: "REPUBLISH "And send a kind and apologetic note to Mr Graham. "Could you see that this gets on line!
The power of the internet? The awfulness of a near-local news story of the organised abuse of children? How should one respond? As I begin writing this at 07.15am, this blog has had 47 visitors in the past 8 hours... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Moving On
Paces Seminars are becoming an annual event! For our 3rd annual seminar, we are returning to the subject of the Children and Families Act and asking "Where are we now?" The web site is still a 'work in progress', with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Moving On
A great, simple way to understand aspects of the C&F Act 2014 visually has been produced by the always excellent Special Needs Jungle (in passing - Debs Aspland of SNJ spoke at Paces Seminars last year) in a joint project... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Moving On
"Independent living for disabled people is in reverse, six years on from a government strategy to deliver improved choice and opportunity". So says the Community Care website review of a report by Jenny Morris for In Control and Disability Rights... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Moving On
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On 15th July, Action Cerebral Palsy (ActionCP) was back in Parliament for the second session of the Parliamentary inquiry, led by Paul Maynard MP. This time, the Inquiry heard from specialists from a number of ActionCP consortium centres. We at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Moving On
I have asked before on this blog, who speaks up for those with cerebral palsy. Once again I notice the energy and focus the National Autistic Society brings to speaking up for their people. NAS has launched "Careless" - a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Moving On
This report of the first evidence sesssion has kindly been contributed by Ian Sansbury on behalf of Action Cerebral Palsy: Action Cerebral Palsy – First Evidence Session The first evidence session of the Action Cerebral Palsy parliamentary inquiry took place... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Moving On
Andrew Sutton has asked me to post this Comment: Actually, the overview of CE given by My Child is not a bad account. It suffers a little from the common Anglo-Saxon emphasis on in-group teaching, with their usual distorting emphasis of what it calls six 'components' (those usually five dodgy 'principles' renamed and recounted), and what looks like Western-style, non-dynamic assessment. It is still rather better, however, than most general overviews written by devotees and widely published on line by centres and other sources within the world of Conductive Education. I wonder who wrote it. Somebody sharp and able to sift through fuddled, ill-stated professional documentation? A lawyer perhaps, who has had to take a critical view of what can be found to read about CE? I don't know about the word 'devotee' – it smacks of condescension, hardly justified if written from within the paradigm of the established services . It could be worse, though – what about 'supporter'?
So the cost of Autism in the UK is £32bn a year, according to a report published on the BBC News website. Research suggests the economic cost of supporting someone with autism over a lifetime (£1.5m in the UK and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Moving On
OK. Arguments for and against from conductors, please. Would you have one in your centre? "A skatepark designed specifically for wheelchair users is being planned by a children's charity." BBC News "Petersfield wheelchair skatepark planned" Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Moving On
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CORRECTION: Natalie Yarrow's telephone number is: 07733 503592 Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Moving On
Zoe Williams in 'The Guardian': "Is misused neuroscience defining early years and child protection policy? The idea that a child's brain is irrevocably shaped in the first three years increasingly drives government policy on adoption and early childhood intervention. But... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 26, 2014 at Moving On
"Diversity has come to mean diversity for my views, inclusiveness to mean inclusive of non-dissenting beliefs, openness to mean openness to ideas that I already accept." So writes Kenan Malik in a post on freedom of speech "Conforming not transforming"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Moving On
Scope has decided to close 11 care homes to help residents 'integrate with society'. via www.theguardian.com "Why is this happening? Well, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified by the UK government in 2009,... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 21, 2014 at Moving On
Let me speak plainly. This website is trash http://conductive-world.com/about-us.html Trash. It is a parasite feeding off thoroughly reputable sites. Those behind it are thieves, charlatans and plagiarists. They have nothing intelligible of value to say about conductive education. Be warned.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Moving On
This has been lying around since about early last December in the folder on my laptop called "Ideas for blog posts". So I've dusted it off a bit, sorted out a few links and post it today just as a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Moving On
The Department for Education has published a paper outlining what DfE sees as "research needs" in SEN and disability. Interestingly, one area that they do not question as needing further research is that of the concept or category of SEN... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Moving On
Here's a blog you might like to read in full. “We’re Ain’t Gonna Take It Any More”: Communication Access Now, No More Social Injustice" by Glenda Watson Hyatt. Glenda begins: "Individuals with communication disabilities, which affect how we speak or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Moving On
Notable that in challenging aspects of the C&F Bill as it has progressed through Parliament, the large disability charities have not - as far as I have read - challenged "the fundamental aspect of the whole intellectual and morally bankrupt 'SEN' juggernaut" that Andrew points to. Perhaps they too should be counted among his "same people" "same things" "same implicit goals" "same outcomes"?
Has systemic failure become part of the SEN system itself? Dr Jane Martin, Local Government Ombudsman, said: ”Children with SEN, and their families, must be treated fairly by councils so they receive the support to which they are entitled. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Moving On
"The role of the educator can be understood in terms of quantum dynamics: each moment you stand before a group of learners, many possibilities exist, yet only one will emerge." Different. Makes a change from the trite "unlocking potential" of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Moving On