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Greater London Regional Update September 2016

Update from the Greater London region for ADCS Council of Reference

ALDCS (Association of London Directors of Children’s Services) met on 19 September. Given the high recent turnover of both DCS’s and ADs in the region, a conference style event was organised bringing together DCSs plus two representatives from each LA to focus on setting out our collective challenges and refreshing our shared priorities for the year ahead.

Issues which remain under active discussion include:

• The government’s emerging agenda across education and wider children’s and youth justice services

• The specific and accumulative financial challenges (Schools funding, Childcare funding, Innovation Fund etc.)

• Social worker recruitment, retention and the new assessment and accreditation process

• Childcare places

• School places and the secondary challenges

• Regionalisation of adoption

• And last but not least, inspection.

We are looking specifically to refresh our approach on sector-led improvement having looked at the model from the Eastern region in particular.

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