The ADCS Blog

There's a common myth that does the rounds in the run-up to all elections. We've all heard it: the belief that the work of local authorities grinds to a halt in a bid to remain independent and unbiased so that we don't fall foul of the Purdah Police! "You must all have your feet on the desk for the...

Like other regions, London has been busy in 2017 developing the service and financial model for a future Regional Adoption Agency. When London was asked to develop the regional vision, we did so on the basis that this meant all of us in Greater London. One or two have left to pursue other opportunities,...

To say that the North East has experienced churn at director level over the last 12 months or so would be a bit of an understatement. Seven of the 12 local authorities in the region have had a new director of children's services (whilst the director of adult services has changed in nine authorities)....

Education systems in England have changed radically over the past few years with a transformed role for local authorities, a more autonomous school system and a move towards sector-led school improvement. Many say that this shift heralds the end of the auhtority's role in education, but they are misinformed....

Dave Hill, ADCS immediate past president, talks persuasively about changing the narrative for children in care. The lazy stereotype that these children are more likely to experience negative outcomes does a disservice to them and the dedicated people working with, and caring for, them. Dave raised this...

This is my first blog as president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS). On Thursday 6 April, I was joined by my family and friends, colleagues and others at the British Medical Association for my presidential inauguration. I am honored to have the opportunity to represent...

Thursday heralded the inauguration of the new ADCS president Alison Michalska. It was a grand occasion - as always many external friends and officials joined ADCS for the event. Be in no doubt my successor will be awesome! She spoke passionately from the stage in her presidential address about improving...

The fall out following the announcement of a new national funding formula (NFF) for schools has been very public and therefore hard to miss. Professional associations, teachers, parents and others have voiced their deep concerns about the impact the planned reforms will have on school budgets (the NAO...

This Tuesday (21 March) was World Social Work Day. There was lots of activity in local authorities and organisations across the country and on Twitter to mark this special day. Here in West Berkshire we celebrated the day with our social workers for adults and for children and families. We marked the...

"She's gone mad," they said. "Completely bonkers," said others. People looked at each other and shook their heads in disbelief. What had I done? Well, I'd volunteered my local authority, in Nottingham City Council, for Ofsted's pilot inspection of local authority children's services. When I told my...