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The ADCS Policy Committees lead on policy development in all aspects of children and young people’s services.

The committees meet several times a year. All ADCS members can participate on one or more of the policy committees. Contact info@adcs.org.uk if you would like to get involved.

To find out more about the committees, follow the links below.

Educational Achievement

Families, Communities & Young People

Health, Care & Additional Needs

Resources & Sustainability

Standards, Performance & Inspection

Workforce Development


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​Chair: Paul Greenhalgh, Executive Director, People, Croydon Council

Biography to follow.

​Remit

The Asylum Taskforce is a sub-committee of the Families, Communities &Young People Policy Committee.

It provides an interface between central and local government on issues around the statutory responsibilities of directors of children’s services for families and unaccompanied children who are subject to immigration legislation. It identifies and shares best practice in this area.


Asylum Taskforce Articles


Chair: Rachael Wardell

Meeting Dates

8 January 2016 | London
Joint meeting with Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee

10 June 2016 | London
Joint meeting with Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee

23 September 2016 | London
Joint meeting with Educational Achievement Policy Committee

Contact

Chair: Rachael Wardell, Corporate Director - Communities, West Berkshire Council. To contact Rachael, email rachael.wardell@westberks.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Office: Esther Kavanagh Dixon supports the work of the committee. To contact Esther, email esther@adcs.org.uk


​Remit

The Workforce Development Policy Committee (WD) has lead responsibility in ADCS for issues relating to:

  • Professional standards and registration
  • Training and qualifications frameworks
  • Workforce planning
  • ADCS representation and links with national regulatory and training bodies.

The Committee links closely with the various regional ADCS groups to identify new and emerging practice and assesses the impact of ongoing public services reforms in all areas relevant to children’s services, including education, health, safeguarding, social care and family justice.

Biography

Rachael Wardell has been West Berkshire Council’s Corporate Director of Communities since March 2013. In this role Rachael oversees the design and provision of services for children, young people, adults plus housing in the borough.

Prior to joining West Berkshire she spent three years at Wokingham Borough Council as Assistant Director in Children’s Services and seven years with Ofsted holding a variety of roles in early years and children’s social care teams.

Rachael has a longstanding interest in workforce development within professional disciplines and across the wider workforce and leads on children’s and adults’ workforce development for the South East region’s ADCS and ADASS groups.

Rachael is trained in restorative and dialogic practices and in solution focused coaching. She is a co-opted board member of the Virtual Staff College (VSC) and also chairs the National Leadership Forum. She became chair of the Association’s Workforce Development Policy Committee in spring 2015.

Rachael’s regularly tweets about her work as a Corporate Director can be followed at @WardellR, her feed becomes particularly lively during the ADCS and NCAS annual conferences.


Workforce Development Policy Committee Articles


Chair: Stuart Gallimore

Meeting Dates

8 January 2016 | London
Joint meeting with Workforce Development Policy Committee

18 March 2016 | London
Joint meeting with Educational Achievement Policy Committee

26 May 2016 | London

22 September 2016 | London
Joint meeting with Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee

Contact

​Chair: Stuart Gallimore, Director of Children’s Services, East Sussex County Council. To contact Stuart, email stuart.gallimore@eastsussex.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Officer: Katy Block supports the work of the committee. To contact Katy, email katy.block@adcs.org.uk


​Remit

The Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee (SPI) has lead responsibility for:

  • Links with Ofsted and all other inspectorates involved in the regulation of children’s services in England
  • Performance management and the use of data locally and nationally
  • Intervention
  • Sector-led improvement.

The Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee liaises closely with all other committees and its members represent the Association on various reference groups organised by Ofsted and the other inspectorates. The ADCS Research Group is a sub-committee of the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee (SPI), it is chaired by Sue Wald of Swindon Borough Council.

Biography

Stuart qualified as a Social Worker in 1984 and worked as a social worker, team leader and middle manager in Cheshire, North Yorkshire and Bradford. He then moved into management and in 2000 relocated to the south coast, becoming the Head of Safeguarding at East Sussex County Council (ESCC) before leaving in 2004 for the position of Assistant Director of Children’s Services at Portsmouth City Council. He has since been the Deputy Director and then Director of Children’s Services at West Sussex County Council. Stuart returned to ESCC as Director of Children’s Services in April 2014.

As a trustee of two children’s charities, Stuart`s involvement with children and young people has a national and global reach. He is involved with the SSAFA, which provides in-house health and welfare services to serving military personnel and their families, as well as health and welfare to war veterans and retired servicemen. He also supports Children on the Edge, which works to restore the rights of children from fragmented communities in countries including Uganda, Bangladesh, India, Burma and Thailand.


Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee Articles

​Chair: Ian Thomas

Meeting Dates

11 February 2016 | Manchester
Joint Meeting with Educational Achievement Policy Committee

1 April 2016 | London

17 June 2016 | London
Joint meeting with the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee

14 October 2016 | London

Contact

​Chair: Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Rotherham Council. To contact Ian, email ian.thomas@rotherham.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Officer: Esther Kavanagh Dixon supports the work of the committee. To contact Esther, email esther@adcs.org.uk


Remit

The Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee (RS) has lead responsibility for all issues relating to:

  • National and local organisation of children’s services
  • Funding (capital and revenue) of children’s services, including of schools
  • School admissions, place planning and home to school transport
  • Strategic planning and commissioning
  • The overall use of resources and sustainability.

The Committee liaises closely with the Educational Achievement Policy Committee on admissions, capital funding and strategic place planning. Members of the Committee represent the Association on various reference groups organised by the Department for Education, including the Service Working Group on Education and Children’s Services (SWEGECS) the Schools Funding Implementation Group (SFIG), and the EFA Advisory Group.

Biography

Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Ian Thomas is the Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. He joined the authority in early 2015.

Ian’s early successes in Rotherham include overseeing an improved response to social care referrals; an increase in the number of statutory visits completed on time and a stronger response in tackling the sexual exploitation of children and young people.

In his previous role as Director of Children’s Services in Derbyshire between 2011 and 2014 the authority achieved a strong inspection by Ofsted under the comprehensive SIF. Ian’s innovative ideas for transforming outcomes for children in care were recognised by The Observer and innovation charity NESTA, who named him one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals in 2014.

Before joining Derbyshire Ian was an Assistant Director at Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council where he took the lead on service transformation in social care.

Ian studied business and finance and holds an MA from Lancaster University in developing professional practice (children’s services). He is also a level 7 qualified executive coach and mentor.

In his spare time Ian sits on the governing body of his former high school in Sheffield. He has chaired the Association’s Resources and Sustainability Policy Committee since April 2013.


Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee Articles

Chairt: Charlotte Ramsden

Meeting Dates

29 January 2016 | London
Joint Meeting with Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee

5 April 2016 | London

17 June 2016 | London
Joint meeting with the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee

Contact

Chair: Charlotte Ramsden.

ADCS Policy Officer: Esther Kavanagh Dixon supports the work of the committee. To contact Esther, email esther@adcs.org.uk


​Remit

The Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee (HCAN) has lead responsibility for the following policy areas:

  • Children and young people in care
  • Child health, including complex health needs
  • Child and parental mental health
  • Children with learning disabilities
  • Children with special educational needs.

The Committee liaises closely with the Association’s Educational Achievement Policy Committee with regards to the educational outcomes of learners living in care or those with SEND as well as with a range of partners and stakeholders in the voluntary and health sector. The Committee also provides the formal link between the Association and the National Adoption Leadership Board.

Biography

Charlotte Ramsden - to follow


Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee Articles

Chair: Jenny Coles

Meeting Dates

29 January 2016 | London
Joint Meeting with Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee

1 April 2016 | London

10 June 2016 | London
Joint Meeting with Workforce Development Policy Committee

22 September 2016 | London
Joint Meeting with Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee

Contact

Chair: Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services, Hertfordshire County Council. To contact Jenny, email jenny.coles@hertfordshire.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Officer: Katy Block supports the work of the committee. To contact Katy, email katy.block@adcs.org.uk


Remit

The remit of the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee (FCYP) covers all aspects of:

  • Safeguarding, including Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB)
  • Preventative services, children’s centres and extended schools
  • Childcare and early years
  • Parenting support
  • Community safety
  • Community cohesion and anti-poverty work
  • Youth services
  • Youth justice.

The Committee also takes reports from the Association’s Asylum Taskforce which is chaired by Paul Greenhalgh, Director of Children’s Services in Croydon. The Taskforce provides an interface between local authorities and relevant government departments on the statutory responsibilities of directors of children’s services for families and unaccompanied children who are subject to immigration legislation. It seeks to identify and share best practice in this area.

Biography

Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services, Hertfordshire County Council

Jenny qualified as a social worker in 1986 and has been a senior manager in local authority children’s services since 1997. She has worked extensively in children’s safeguarding, children in care and quality assurance, and has also managed integrated youth and youth justice services.

Jenny moved from Luton Borough Council to take up the post of Director of Children’s Services for Hertfordshire County Council in 2010. She is the lead DCS for Sector-led Improvement in the Eastern Region and is the chair of the ADCS Families, Communities & Young People Policy Group.


Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee Articles

Chair: Debbie Barnes

Meeting Dates

11 February 2016 | Manchester
Joint Meeting with Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee

18 March 2016 | London
Joint Meeting with Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee

17 June 2016 | Manchester

23 September 2016 | London
Joint Meeting with Workforce Development Policy Committee

Contact

Chair: Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, Lincolnshire County Council. To contact Debbie, email debbie.barnes@lincolnshire.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Officer: Katy Block supports the work of the committee. To contact Katy, email katy.block@adcs.org.uk


Remit

The remit of the Educational Achievement Policy Committee (EA) covers all aspects of education including:

  • Early years
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Further education and training providers
  • Support for the improvement of education standards
  • Curriculum and the skills agenda
  • Assessment.

In particular, the Committee leads on school improvement, relationships with academies and free schools, regional commissioners and the role of the local authority in education.

The Committee liaises closely with the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee with regard to school improvement and the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee with regards to admissions and budgets. It also works with the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee on the wellbeing and educational outcomes of children in care and provision for learners with special educational needs.

Biography

Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, Lincolnshire County Council

Debbie Barnes is the Director of Children’s Services in Lincolnshire and has been in post since 2012. She has a professional background in sick children’s nursing and during the early part of her career she worked in London and more recently in Lincolnshire.

In 2010 Debbie was appointed Assistant Director for Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council where she was responsible for universal services. Later that same year she was influential in helping the service achieve an outstanding Ofsted inspection result under the SLAC framework, an outstanding APA followed in 2011. As part of Ofsted’s most recent safeguarding inspection, the SIF, children’s services in Lincolnshire were judged to be good with outstanding features under Debbie’s leadership as Director of Children’s Services.

Debbie believes passionately that education provides a pathway out of child poverty and has chaired the Association of Directors of Children’s Services’ Education Achievement Policy Committee since the summer of 2014. The committee seeks to influence policy at a national level so that all children, particularly the most vulnerable, can access to good or outstanding teaching and outcomes.

Debbie believes that the interface with early help and attainment cannot be underestimated and as such Lincolnshire’s operating model is based on the principles of integrated working and prevention. Debbie feels that high quality coordinated early help, delivered in partnership with schools and children centres are key to improving outcomes.


Educational Achievement Policy Committee Articles