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The Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd (ADCS) is the national leadership association in England for statutory directors of children’s services and their senior management teams.
Our members hold leadership roles in children’s services departments in local authorities in England. They specialise in developing, commissioning and leading the delivery of services to children, young people and their families, including education, health, youth, early years and social care services. Working in partnership with other public agencies and through the Children’s Trust, our members work to achieve tailored and joined-up services for children, whatever their identified needs.
ADCS and its members are committed to:
What We Do
The Association is led by its members in all areas of policy and practice. Through the contributions of its members, ADCS provides the collective voice of professionals in children’s services leadership roles on policy, practice and resourcing of the wide variety of services available to children, young people and their families, across all five Every Child Matters outcomes.
Within local government, ADCS is the professional contact point on children’s services issues with central government. The Association works closely with Ministers, government officials, the community and voluntary sectors, local government organisations and other professional bodies on designing and delivering integrated services for children and young people, inspection and developing the children’s workforce, among other issues.
ADCS’s work is undertaken through a comprehensive policy committee structure that spans the full remit of the statutory director of children’s services and through a welcoming regional branch structure. Through its national network of expert professional leaders, ADCS provides invaluable support and advice to colleagues.
The current President of the Association is Alison O'Sullivan, Director of Children's Services at Kirklees Council.
2014 - 15: Alan Wood, Hackney Council
2013 - 14: Andrew Webb, Stockport Council
2012 - 13: Debbie Jones, Lambeth Council
2011 - 12: Matt Dunkley, East Sussex County Council
2010 - 11: Marion Davis, Warwickshire County Council
2009 - 10: Kim Bromley-Derry, Newham Council
2008 - 09: Maggie Atkinson, Gateshead Council
2007 - 08: John Coughlan, Hampshire County Council & John Freeman, Dudley Council
Ordinary Membership of ADCS is open to senior colleagues in local authority Children's Services departments. For more information on Ordinary Membership and for details of Associate Membership visit our Membership Page.
Our publications section includes our annual report, the ADCS constitution and further information regarding the Association. More...