​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.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • 1 February 2019
  • 10 May 2019 (with Health, Care & Additional Needs PC)
  • 27 September 2019 (with Families, Communities & Young People PC)
  • 29 November 2019

Contacts

Chair: Rachael Wardell, Director of Children, Schools and Families, Merton Council. To contact Rachael, email Rachael.Wardell@merton.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Officer: Matt Cunningham supports the work of the committee. To contact Matt, email matt.cunningham@adcs.org.uk

Updates

  • September 2018: Joint meeting with the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee

The Workforce Development and Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committees met on Friday 28 September in London to discuss shared areas of interest. The group received an update on the Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) from a representative from Research in Practice who are leading a consortium to develop and deliver the programme with the first cohort set to begin in November. Find out more

  • November 2018: Committee meeting

The Workforce Development Policy Committee met on 30 November in London to discuss teacher recruitment and retention, in light of the DfE’s forthcoming teacher recruitment and retention strategy, as well as diversity in the workforce. Find out more


Workforce Development Policy Committee Articles

​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).

2019 Meeting Dates

  • 24 January 2019
  • 31 May 2019 (Joint meeting with the Educational Achievement Policy Committee)
  • 24 September 2019 (Joint meeting with the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee)
  • 29 November 2019 (Joint meeting with the Families, Communities and Young People Policy Committee)

Contacts

Chair: Steve Crocker, Director of Children’s Services, Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council. To contact Steve, email steve.crocker@hants.gov.uk

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

Updates

  • November 2018: Joint meeting with the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee

Members of the Association’s Resources & Sustainability and the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committees met jointly in London on Thursday 22 November to discuss shared areas of interest. The Early Intervention Foundation’s (EIF’s) Director of Policy and Evidence joined the group to discuss how we can collectively make the case for investing in early intervention. The EIF recently published a report on this topic and the group ran through the key messages and recommendations. Find out more


Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee Articles

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.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • 31 January 2019 (Joint meeting with the Educational Achievement Policy Committee)
  • 17 May 2019
  • 24 September 2019 (Joint meeting with the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee)
  • 3 December 2019 (Joint meeting with the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee)

Contacts

​Chair: Matt Dunkley CBE, Corporate Director – Children, Young People and Education, Kent County Council. To contact Matt, email Matt.Dunkley@kent.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Officer: NIcola Harrison supports the work of the committee. To contact Nicola, email nicola.harrison@adcs.org.uk

Updates

  • November 2018: Joint meeting with the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee

Members of the Association’s Resources & Sustainability and the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committees met jointly in London on Thursday 22 November to discuss shared areas of interest. The Early Intervention Foundation’s (EIF’s) Director of Policy and Evidence joined the group to discuss how we can collectively make the case for investing in early intervention. The EIF recently published a report on this topic and the group ran through the key messages and recommendations. Find out more


Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee Articles

​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.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • 22 January 2019 (Joint meeting with the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee)
  • 10 May 2019 (Joint meeting with the Workforce Development Policy Committee)
  • 20 September 2019 (Joint meeting with the Educational Achievement Policy Committee)
  • 3 December 2019 (Joint meeting with the Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee)

Contacts

Chair: Charlotte Ramsden.

ADCS Policy Officer: Nicola Harrison supports the work of the committee. To contact Nicola, email nicola.harrison@adcs.org.uk

​Updates

  • October 2018: Joint meeting with the Education Acheivement Policy Committee

The Educational Achievement and the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committees met jointly in Manchester on 3 October to discuss shared areas of interest. The group was joined by the National Children and Young Person’s Lead for Transforming Care at NHS England to provide an update on Transforming Care and development of the NHS long term plan. Transforming care aims to improve health and care services so people with learning disabilities, autism and complex behaviour challenges can live, with support, in the community. Find out more

  • November 2018: HCAN meeting

The Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee met in London on 28 November. The group was joined by a rep from Children and Young People’s Mental Health at NHS England, who provided an update on the recent developments arising out of the ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ Green Paper. A number of ‘trailblazer areas’ for Mental Health Support Teams are being set up, with four week waiting periods due for imminent announcement. Find out more


Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee Articles

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 Chris Spencer, Director of Children’s Services in Gloucestershire. 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.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • 22 January 2019 (Joint meeting with Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee)
  • 23 May 2019
  • 27 September 2019 (Joint meeting with Workforce Development Policy Committee)
  • 29 November 2019 (Joint meeting with Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee)

Contacts

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

Updates

  • November 2018: Joint meeting with the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee

The Educational Achievement and the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committees met jointly on Friday 23 November in London to discuss shared areas of interest. The group was joined by a representative from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to discuss the development of secure schools, which will, in time, replace secure training centres. Find out more

  • September 2018: Joint meeting with the Workforce Development Policy Committee

The Workforce Development and Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committees met on Friday 28 September in London to discuss shared areas of interest. The group received an update on the Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) from a representative from Research in Practice who are leading a consortium to develop and deliver the programme with the first cohort set to begin in November. Find out more


Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee Articles

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.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • 31 January 2019 (Joint meeting with Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee)
  • 31 May 2019 (Joint meeting with Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee)
  • 20 September 2019 (Joint meeting with Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee)
  • 28 November 2019.

Contacts


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

ADCS Policy Officer: Matt Cunningham supports the work of the committee. To contact Matt, email matt.cunningham@adcs.org.uk

Updates

  • October 2018: Joint meeting with the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee

The Educational Achievement and the Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committees met jointly in Manchester on 3 October to discuss shared areas of interest. The group was joined by the National Children and Young Person’s Lead for Transforming Care at NHS England to provide an update on Transforming Care and development of the NHS long term plan. Transforming care aims to improve health and care services so people with learning disabilities, autism and complex behaviour challenges can live, with support, in the community. Find out more

  • November 2018: Joint meeting with the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee

The Educational Achievement and the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committees met jointly on Friday 23 November in London to discuss shared areas of interest. The group was joined by a representative from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to discuss the development of secure schools, which will, in time, replace secure training centres. Find out more


Educational Achievement Policy Committee Articles


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: Chris Spencer, Director of Children’s Services, Gloucestershire County 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