ADCS Comment Publication of a New Vision

Commenting on the publication of a new vision by the Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers, Alison O’Sullivan, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“The care system serves some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our society and we need to ensure it provides every child with the right placement at the right time. In many cases we know that care can, and does make a positive difference to children and young people who for many reasons no longer live with their birth families.

“To better meet the needs of young people we must ask ourselves, what is care for? ADCS believes that the purposes of the care system are threefold, to protect children from harm by providing safety and stability, offer them support for as long it is needed and is should address a child’s basic need for good parenting by introducing and planning effective substitute parenting to perform the fundamental role of steering and supporting a child through his or her formative stages of development.

“We welcome the emphasis on further training and support for carers and improved support for children in care and care leavers. We would also agree the same opportunities should be available to care leavers despite where they live and that the support available must be tailored to meet the needs each individual. Changes to the current system will help us progress further towards our goals of improving children and young people’s mental health.”


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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