ADCS Response to Government Announcements

Commenting on the announcements made on Thursday 14 January by the Secretary of State Alison O’Sullivan, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

On social work

“We welcome the government’s continued investment in the social work profession. Social workers can make a huge difference to the lives of the most vulnerable by providing them with the support and encouragement to make life changing decisions and overcome difficulties. A sharper focus on recruiting and retaining more of the right people into the role and helping them develop the skills to do their job well will ensure that the profession is underpinned by skillful individuals who have a desire to better understand other people’s lives, to find ways of helping the most vulnerable and are committed to making a difference.”

“As leaders of children’s services we are committed to strengthening the social work profession. The creation of a new regulatory body will help raise both the profile and understanding of the profession giving it the standing it so rightly deserves.”

On adoption

“Securing the right placement, at the right time, for each child can, and does, make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people in our care. Placing greater priority on a carer’s capacity to meet the needs of a child or young person now and up until the age of 18 will ensure that future risks are considered when assessing individuals, reducing the risk of potential placement breakdowns which can be detrimental to a young person’s outcomes. Whilst extending the ASF for the next four years will mean that more adoptive families will benefit from therapeutic support services available it does not secure the same support for children with similar levels of need living in other permanence arrangements. It is important to recognise the value of all carers in all forms of permanent long term placements and ensure that there is similar support available to them.”


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