Featured Event

Wed, 20 Nov 19 10:00


The Workforce Development Policy Committee (WD) has lead responsibility in ADCS for issues relating to:

  • Professional standards and registration
  • Training and qualifications frameworks
  • Workforce planning
  • ADCS representation and links with national regulatory and training bodies.

The Committee links closely with the various regional ADCS groups to identify new and emerging practice and assesses the impact of ongoing public services reforms in all areas relevant to children’s services, including education, health, safeguarding, social care and family justice.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • 1 February 2019
  • 10 May 2019 (with Health, Care & Additional Needs PC)
  • 27 September 2019 (with Families, Communities & Young People PC)
  • 29 November 2019


Chair: Rachael Wardell, Director of Children, Schools and Families, Merton Council. To contact Rachael, email Rachael.Wardell@merton.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Officer: Matt Cunningham supports the work of the committee. To contact Matt, email matt.cunningham@adcs.org.uk


  • September 2018: Joint meeting with the Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee

The Workforce Development and Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committees met on Friday 28 September in London to discuss shared areas of interest. The group received an update on the Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) from a representative from Research in Practice who are leading a consortium to develop and deliver the programme with the first cohort set to begin in November. Find out more

  • November 2018: Committee meeting

The Workforce Development Policy Committee met on 30 November in London to discuss teacher recruitment and retention, in light of the DfE’s forthcoming teacher recruitment and retention strategy, as well as diversity in the workforce. Find out more

Workforce Development Policy Committee Articles