The ADCS Blog

I'm often amazed by the strength and resilience of our young people. The challenges they face today are a world away from the ones we faced ourselves as children. Today's reality for our young people is so often a landscape of terror, grief and loss. The horrific attacks in Manchester and London in...

When it was suggested to me that I put myself forward to chair the ‘spy committee' I couldn't resist the notion. Would it lead to glamorous locations, secret deals, double dealing and exotic meetings? I found out last week when I went to Islington to meet up with my fellow members. Unfortunately, the...

In the South West region we can often be challenged by our geography, which can leave us feeling as though we are just not doing enough. However, in May 2016 there was unanimous agreement among directors of children's services in the region that we shared common priorities and that what we wanted was...

The Eastern ADCS region is made up of five large shire counties and six unitary authorities and, as for many colleagues across the country, lots of us are just out the other side of the local elections… New elected members joining, new cabinets being established and preparing for the first full council...

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...