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DCS turnover at highest level for a single quarter

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020
Early 2020 saw local authorities experience the highest number of changes in directors of children’s services in a single quarter since records began, the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has revealed.

ADCS president's virtual inauguration

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
In normal times, Thursday 23 April would have been the day of my Presidential Reception, taking place in the impressive surroundings of the Museum of London.

New ADCS chief warns of 'stored up' care demand

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020
There is likely to be a “huge spike” in demand for children’s social care as the country recovers from the Covid-19 crisis, England's new children’s services leaders chief has warned.

How the Bi-borough is responding to Covid-19

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
When services shut down and people were asked to stay home due to Covid-19, children’s services in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster were paused… but very quickly a new model of service delivery was developed.

A message of thanks

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
When I agreed to write a blog for ADCS last year, no one told me that my slot would fall right in the middle of a global pandemic where home-working has become the norm and conference calls the default for us all.

Children's home staff 'extremely anxious' over lack of PPE

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Children’s home staff and social workers have been left “extremely anxious” over a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) leaving many providers forced to supply their own equipment through local businesses and universities, professionals working in the sector have said.

Setting our priorities for the year ahead

This week marks my first as ADCS president. It promises to be an interesting and eventful year, more eventful than I realised it would be when I decided to stand for the role at the end of 2018!

Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
At its best, technology speeds up laborious inputting of information, enabling children’s services practitioners to spend more time with their clients, helps commissioners to identify trends so they can prioritise resources, and enable leaders to make informed choices on how services are structured.

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