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NCASC 2022

The National Children and Adult Services Conference 2022 will take place in person at Manchester Central, 2-4 November 2022.

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2022 Policy Committee Meetings

All members of ADCS are eligible to join and contribute to the work of our six national policy committees. This is where we consider all aspects of children’s services policy and practice. Our national committees also lead on the development of consultation responses and submissions of evidence to select committee inquiries as well as ADCS policy position papers, such as ‘A youth justice system that works for children,’ which we published in autumn 2021. Previously these groups met for three to four hours on a quarterly basis, usually in London. From the onset of the pandemic meetings now place online and are 1.5 – 2 hours. Some meetings join up two committees to discuss shared areas of interest. Additional ad-hoc meetings may be arranged to consider evolving issues and the pandemic response.

Educational Achievement looks at all aspects of education from the early years to FE, skills and training plus assessment, school improvement and standards.

2022 meeting dates - 28 January, 22 March, 24 May, 21 September, 22 November.

Families, Communities & Young People covers safeguarding, youth work, youth justice, child poverty, family justice, preventative services and the early years.

2022 meeting dates - 14 January, 31 March, 25 May, 29 September, 30 November.

Health, Care & Additional Needs looks at all forms of permanence, SEND and the health and wellbeing of children and families.

2022 meeting dates - 14 January, 25 March, 25 May, 7 October, 23 November.

Resources & Sustainability covers all aspects of funding for children’s services, commissioning, school place planning, capital and admissions.

2022 meeting dates - 28 January, 25 March, 27 May, 14 October, 9 December.

Standards, Performance & Inspection covers the breadth of inspection activity, Regional Improvement and Innovation Alliances, intervention, data and performance management.

2022 meeting dates - 27 January, 1 April, 24 May, 20 September, 30 November.

Workforce Development takes in professional standards and registration, training, qualifications and workforce planning.

2022 meeting dates – 25 January, 24 March, 25 May, 29 September, 9 December.

We’re particularly keen to diversify regional representation on our national groups so that our engagements with government, and others, accurately reflect the state of play in local areas as they develop new policies and guidance, for example. If you would like to find out more about a specific group, please get in touch with the ADCS team for more information

Annual Conference 2022

The ADCS Annual conference, exclusively for ADCS members, provides a unique opportunity to come together to share best practice, learning, and experiences from across the sector. If you are a new member, or indeed a newly appointed DCS, and you’ve never attended the conference before, we encourage you to book your place and participate. The conference will be held entirely in-person at The Midland Hotel in Manchester, with all sessions held face-to-face; unfortunately, it is not possible to attend any sessions online.

For directors of children’s services and chief executives of Trusts and/or alternative delivery models, the conference opens with registration and lunch from 11.45am Wednesday 6 July. The conference opens to all other ADCS members from 11.00am on Thursday 7 July and will conclude on Friday 8 July at approximately 1.45pm, with lunch.

Booking Update

We are now at capacity for bedrooms at the conference hotel (The Midland) for Thursday night. Our waiting list for bedrooms on Thursday is also at capacity. Please note bedrooms will only become available if an existing residential delegate cancels their place.

We continue to accept non-residential day delegate bookings, including dinner on the Thursday night.

If you would like to submit a non-residential booking and also be added to the waiting list for a bedroom on the Thursday night, please indicate this on a cover email when submitting your booking form. If you intend to book your own accommodation at a nearby hotel, then please do so as soon as possible as many of the hotels in the city centre are at capacity, including our usual overspill hotel The Radisson Edwardian.

For those DCSs who have not yet booked their place and solely wish to attend the DCS-only aspect of the conference (Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 July), please contact ADCS Rebecca Denny, in the first instance.

If you are not an ADCS member please contact for more information before returning a booking form.

All members non-residential conference booking form - for all other Ordinary and Associate members


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP - Secretary of State for Education.
  • Mrunal Sisodia Co-Chair, NPCF
  • DCC Maggie Blyth, NPCC
  • Yvette Stanley, Christine Williams, Chris Russell - Ofsted
  • Prof. Leon Feinstein, Rees Centre

Further information on sessions and speakers can be found on the draft programme.

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Please refer to the following FAQs for booked delegates

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Please refer to the following FAQs which includes general information about booking your place

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