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ADCS is a member-led organisation. Our strength and credibility is derived from the involvement of members. We want to ensure the leadership voice of local authority children’s services departments is heard on the national stage.

Policy Committees

All ADCS members can participate on one or more policy committees. The committees meet several times a year and lead on policy development in all aspects of children and young people’s services.

If you would like to get involved email info@adcs.org.uk

Policy Leads

There is a wealth of knowledge and experience amongst the ADCS membership.

Policy leads enable ADCS to be represented on a variety of national groups, covering all areas relevant to children and young people. Policy leads are supported by the ADCS policy committees, policy officers and the wider staff team.

If you would like to get involved email info@adcs.org.uk

Representing Your Region

Each of the nine English regions is represented on the Council of Reference. Council acts as a consultative body working with the ADCS Board of Directors to lead the governance and policy direction of the Association.

If you would like to get involved email info@adcs.org.uk

Stand for Election

All DCSs are eligible to stand for election as Vice President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer or Chair of a policy committee.

Any Ordinary Member can stand to be an Elected Director on the ADCS Board of Directors.

Did You Know…?

The Association is a company limited by guarantee. It provides a collective voice for those leading local authority children’s services, offers practical and professional advice to policymakers highlighting the reality of implementing new initiatives and provides a national forum for developing policy ideas.

How Do We Do It?

By working with ministers, senior civil servants, Ofsted and other inspectorates, Local Government Association, Solace, ADASS, the community and voluntary sectors and other key national partners to ensure that the voice of professionals in children’s services is heard loud and clear.

By giving evidence to parliamentary inquiries and by responding to formal and informal consultations.

By being represented on over 100 external national groups.

By voicing the perspectives of our members in the trade and in the national press and through policy position papers.

If you would like to get involved email info@adcs.org.uk