As we approach the end of 2016 and the festive season, it is worth reflecting on the events of the past twelve months. The recommendations of the Ofsted report published in February caused us to take a hard look at a number of areas of practice and policy and to identify ways to improve. With support from colleagues in Hampshire and the active engagement of partners from the TSCB, there are signs that progress is being made. Although there can be no room for complacency, I am confident that as we move into 2017 the momentum is there and can be maintained. It is significant that we now have access to timely and accurate data that can be used to quantify this progress and to guide future decisions. I am conscious that this progress has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of both practitioners delivering services and managers providing strategic direction. I have been impressed by the commitment shown by everyone to ensure that our children can safely grow and seek to achieve their potential. However, the recent disclosures of allegations of abuse against football coaches from clubs across the country is a sobering reminder of the importance of having clear safeguarding policies that are effectively implemented. Finally, I wish you and your families a happy festive break and that your hopes for 2017 come true.