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Comment on the Prime Minister’s keynote speech

Commenting on the announcement made today by the Prime Minister for a ‘smarter state’, Alison O’Sullivan, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Directors of children’s services do not shy away from change. That change, however, must be meaningful and must improve outcomes for the most vulnerable in our care. The full impact of recent cuts to local authority funding are not yet well understood and at the same time further cuts will need to be made. So government must recognise that the current picture of severely
limited resources and increased demand for services is one which cannot be sustained. Resources are diminishing but need most definitely is not. We want to talk about new models, and we want to be in the forefront of making a challenging and intelligent contribution about how we can deliver improved services. It’s vital that this thinking draws upon the experience of dedicated
professionals in the field.”


The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Ltd is the professional leadership association for Directors of Children’s Services and their senior management teams in England.

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