The ADCS Associates Network aims to keep Associate members up to date with policy and service issues; to generally assist in the development of ADCS and its overall aims to improve outcomes for children and young people; and to provide a network which can be called on for support by DCS and local authorities, as required.

ADCS Associate Membership is open to senior officers (from directors to third tier managers) who have worked within local authority children’s services, and who do not qualify for ordinary membership of the Association.



Latest News

Updates & Papers

Background & Membership Information

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Latest News

» Associate Paper 1 - Education Bill UPDATE now available

» Associate Network Bulletin #2 now available

» John Freeman becomes Associates Network Chair - 1 April 2015



Updates & Papers

Updates

» Bulletin #2 June 2015


» Bulletin #1 April 2015


Papers

» Associates Paper 1 - Education Bill UPDATED John Freeman | June 2015





Background & Membership Information

The ADCS Associate's Network was launched at the 2011 ADCS Annual Conference.

Associate membership is open to former senior local authority (LA) officers (from Directors to third tier managers) who have worked within LA children’s services, and who do not qualify for ordinary membership of the Association.

Associate members pay an annual subscription to ADCS, (currently £180 inc. VAT), which entitles them to:

  • Membership of the Associates Network
  • The weekly ADCS bulletin
  • Participation on Policy Committees, subject to a balance in favour of serving Directors and officers
  • Attendance at regional meetings and events which are open to all ADCS members in that region
  • Invitations to the non-Director only sessions of the annual ADCS conference
  • The opportunity to link with the Virtual Staff College as an associate.

Associates have a range of skills and interests to contribute to the development of children’s services, and to the overall aim of ADCS to improve outcomes for children and young people.

A number of Associate members will still be actively working in a related field. A clear distinction is drawn between the voluntary contribution of Associates to the development of ADCS and any commercial, financial or other interests they may have as consultants, directors of companies or shareholders, or arising from the work done for other organisations, including any work undertaken in a regulatory or improvement capacity.

The aim of the Associates Network is to:

  • Bring extra capacity to help ADCS and its policy committees develop and respond to policy, consultation and research projects
  • To generally assist in the development of ADCS and its overall aims to improve outcomes for children and young people
  • To keep Associate members up to date with policy and service issues
  • To support Associate members as they move into a new career phase
  • To provide a network which can be called on for support by DCS and local authorities, as required.

John Freeman is Chair of the Associates Network for the 2015/16 membership year. As Chair, John has a seat on the ADCS Council of Reference.

The Associates Network is keen to hear more from members about how they would like the Network to develop, and encourages new applications for associate membership from those who have left local authority children’s services.

For further information about the ADCS Associates Network or to contact one or all of the acting officers, please e-mail: associates@adcs.org.uk

Applications for Associate membership are available on request



Meetings

2015

9 July | 9:30am - 11:00am | Midland Hotel, Manchester

8 Sept | London

10 Dec | London


2016

20 Jan | Leeds

27 Jan | London

10 May | London


Terms of Reference

Associates Network Terms of Reference (revised June 2014)

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Contact:

To contact the Associates Network, please email associates@adcs.org.uk