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Directors of Children’s Services Roles and Responsibilities

Statutory Guidance on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Director of Children’s Services and Lead Member for Children’s Services

This statutory guidance is for local authorities in England.

It explains the process for:

  • the appointment of the director of children’s services (DCS)
  • the designation of the lead member for children’s services (LMCS)

It covers:

  • the legislative basis for the 2 appointments
  • roles and responsibilities of the post holders
  • government expectations about the role of local authorities in education and children & young people’s services

This guidance replaces the previous versions, issued in 2005 and 2009.

View the guidance (external link to DfE website)

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