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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

We need a clear national vision and strategy for youth services

The Civil Society Strategy recognises that youth work can have a transformational impact on young people’s lives but…

Policy Spotlight

Policy Spotlight

A health care system that works for all children

ADCS position paper on health and wellbeing


What is education for?

Schools play a vital role in their local areas by widening opportunities for children and families, providing a pathway out...


Children must have the same priority as trains and hospitals

Ofsted’s annual report is clear that the overall effectiveness of ...

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...