When I was told I would be included in the Queen's New Year honours list, I thought I would write a blog reflecting on my career. Then I remembered that I find New Year reflections and forecasts dull and time-consuming. So, instead, here are the top things I would like to see change in relation to children and young people in the UK.
Yes, this year has been replete with sadness, tragedy, hurt and pain. But there has also been love and joy and fun and laughter. We need to look for the light because it's there. And so, as the year draws to a close, take from it the memories that made you smile, the feelings that lifted your soul; those are the things to treasure.