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The Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd (ADCS) is the national leadership association in England for statutory directors of children’s services and their senior management teams working in local authorities in England.

Ordinary Membership

Ordinary membership of the Association is open to statutory directors of children’s services (DCSs), senior managers who report directly to a statutory director of children’s services (second tier managers), and senior managers who report directly to second tier managers (third tier managers).

Associate Membership

ADCS Associate membership is open to colleagues who have previously held a senior role within a local authority children’s services department (from directors to third tier managers), who would have previously qualified for Ordinary membership of the Association.

Associates Network

The ADCS Associates Network aims to keep Associate Members up to date with policy and service issues; to generally assist in the development of ADCS and its overall aims to improve outcomes for children and young people; and to provide a network which can be called upon for support by DCSs and local authorities, as required.

For more information on the Associates Network click here

Membership Application

To request a membership application pack, please email us, detailing your name, authority/employer, address, email address, telephone number and line management details in accordance with the criteria set out in the descriptions of ordinary or associate membership, as detailed on this page.

Membership Fees

Membership fees of the Association are set annually. The cost of ordinary membership is included in the local authority contribution* to the Association.

The cost for individual Ordinary membership is significantly higher for those in local authorities that do not make the local authority contribution to the Association.

The cost of Associate membership is set annually and is calculated at a flat rate.


Full details of membership can be found within the ADCS Ltd Memorandum & Articles of Association.

The membership year runs from 1st April - 31st March.

*For further information about the local authority contribution and the cost of Ordinary and Associate membership, please contact the ADCS office.