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Welcome to the ADCS website

The Association of Directors of Children's Services

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Reflections on the Children Acts 1989 & 2004

A series of reflections from ADCS Presidents past and present

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Elective Home Education Survey 2019

Summary analysis of the latest EHE survey

Key Resources

Directors of Children's Services

Contact details for all DCSs

Serious Youth Violence and Knife Crime

ADCS discussion paper on Serious Youth Violence...

Out of Area Placement Directory

Contact details for LAs when making placements out...


A range of ILACS resources

Press Columns

ADCS articles featured in the press


Regional Spotlight

The importance of an early start

The first 1000 days of life, from conception to age two, is a critical phase of a child’s development…

Policy Spotlight

Policy Spotlight

A health care system that works for all children

ADCS position paper on health and wellbeing


10 year challenge

At the start of the new decade there is always a lot of reflection on what’s gone before as well as looking to the future....


Priorities for the next government

On the campaign trail for the general election we’ve heard politicians talking about all sorts of things from Brexit to investing in our NHS and schools...

Getting to grips with youth violence

Too many young lives are being lost as a result of growing violence in our...