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Annual Conference 2020 FAQs Booking Information

Booking Information FAQ

When is the conference?

For directors of children’s services and chief executives of alternative delivery models, the conference opens with registration and lunch from 12noon on Wednesday 8 July. The conference opens to all members from 11am on Thursday 9 July, with registration open from 8:30am. The conference will conclude on Friday 10 July at approximately 1.30pm. A take-away lunch will be provided.

Why should I book?

The conference, exclusively for ADCS members, provides a unique opportunity to get together to share best practice, learning and experiences from across the sector. Unlike other events, we don’t have sponsors or exhibitors at our conference, allowing plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues outside of the main programme. If the conference appeals but you are not currently an ADCS member, please go to the website for further membership information.

Who is speaking?

The conference will include a series of keynote addresses, plenary sessions and workshops. To ensure the programme is topical and focuses on the key issues facing children’s services colleagues, it will not be available until closer to the conference. However, regular updates will be posted on the conference pages on the ADCS website and via the weekly ADCS ebulletin sent to all members.

What workshop sessions are there?

Again, workshops will be topical. Approximately three weeks prior to the conference, registered delegates will receive workshop information, encouraging them to select which workshops they wish to attend. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.There will be an opportunity at the conference to sign up to workshops, however, it is possible that some may be full by this time.

What is included in the price?

As the conference is primarily a residential event, we encourage members to stay overnight to make the most of the networking opportunities available. In addition to refreshments, lunch, and attendance at plenary and workshop sessions, the residential package includes bed and breakfast at The Midland hotel plus evening drinks reception and dinner.

Non-residential options are available.

If you wish to make your own alternative accommodation arrangements, we advise doing so as early as possible as Manchester is expected to be very busy during the week of conference and hotels will fill up.

How do I book?

All booking forms, completed with the delegate’s consent, should be returned to You will receive an email confirming your booking and an invoice for payment will follow shortly after.

If you would like to attend the conference as a residential delegate, please return your residential booking form by 1 May to guarantee overnight accommodation at the Midland Hotel. Booking forms must be accompanied by a purchase order (requisition numbers/orders cannot be accepted) as we cannot confirm your conference place without one. If you are booking as an individual, and not through a local authority or Trust, a purchase order is not necessary.

Please be assured that all personal information will be handled in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

How do I pay?

Payment must be made by cheque or via BACS; we cannot accept payment by debit card, credit card or LA payment card. Please email if you have any queries.

What if I need to cancel my place?

Cancellations received after 1 May 2020 will incur a 100% charge. Delegate replacements are permitted up to seven days prior to the conference but the replacement delegate must be an ADCS member.

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