• Getting to the root of youth violence

    17 March 2021

    Jenny Coles urges all parts of the public sector, including Government, to work in a co-ordinated way with the voluntary sector for a holistic public health strategy to combat violence among our youth.

  • Children’s services face £824m budget gap

    24 February 2021

    The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said the amount was required just to enable their work to ‘stay still’ amid increasing demand.

  • Filling in the gaps

    26 January 2021

    The Government has launched an independent inquiry into children’s social care in England, amid calls for a cross-Government commission into the impact of COVID-19 on the young. What do sector experts hope could be achieved? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Don’t forget our youth workers

    20 January 2021

    Government needs to put as much focus on resourcing the children and young people’s workforce as it does on ensuring the sustainability of the of the sector in the short term, argues Jenny Coles.

  • ADCS issues warning of family crisis to come

    04 December 2020

    The Government need to provide a long-term financial settlement for to tackle rising demand for children’s services, experts have warned as economic consequences of COVID hit.

  • Investing in our future

    25 November 2020

    Jenny Coles is president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Jenny Coles explains why early investment in children prevents harm and makes financial sense.

  • Care staff concerns as demand set to peak

    18 November 2020

    Concerns have been voiced about staffing levels in children’s services as the COVID-19 second wave takes its toll.

  • Spinning plates to improve lives

    11 November 2020

    Ann McGauran talks to Charlotte Ramsden about the part she’s played in developing a new vision and plan for children and young people’s services across Greater Manchester – and how it feels to be awarded an OBE.

  • COVID-19 pressures ‘yet to emerge’

    09 November 2020

    The consequences of the pandemic for the sector may only become apparent in the years to come, the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said.

  • We have proved that councils are the place for social care - ADASS

    06 November 2020

    The ‘joining up’ work done by local government during the pandemic has made it clear to Government and Whitehall that social care ‘needs a home’ in councils, says the president of ADASS.

  • Pulling children out of poverty

    06 October 2020

    Poverty is not inevitable or ‘someone else’s problem’. President of the ADCS Jenny Coles looks at the future of the 200,000 more children who will face poverty in the wake of COVID-19.

  • Directors warn against blanket ban on unregulated accommodation

    10 September 2020

    Children’s services directors have warned against a blanket ban on placing vulnerable youngsters in unregulated accommodation such as hostels or caravans.

  • We must find a way to invest in our future

    19 August 2020

    The ‘hidden harms’ to children over the past six months will be uncovered when schools fully open in September. We need an urgent and transparent discussion about funding, says Jenny Coles.

  • Government makes exam grades U-turn

    18 August 2020

    The education secretary has bowed to public pressure and announced students will receive teacher-assessed grades.

  • ADCS president calls for welfare overhaul

    08 July 2020

    The impact of the pandemic on children’s futures must not be underestimated, the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said.

  • Surrey CC director dies suddenly

    24 June 2020

    Surrey CC director of children’s services, Dave Hill, died suddenly last night, the council has announced.

  • Children should not carry the cost of this crisis

    02 June 2020

    Emergency funding for the pandemic is welcome, but it is not enough to cover costs. Children should not bear the brunt of the cuts, says Jenny Coles.

  • Charity threatens legal action on changes to safeguarding laws

    20 May 2020

    A charity has threatened legal action against the Department for Education (DfE) if it does not withdraw a statutory instrument that makes changes to safeguards for children in care in England.

  • Working through the pandemic to protect children and families

    29 April 2020

    A new report has identified the groups of children most likely to be at risk under lockdown. How are councils responding to need and have they got the resources to deliver?

  • Pandemic is making ‘inadequate funding baseline’ worse, says new ADCS president

    23 April 2020

    The incoming president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) says she wants ‘unprecedented levels of investment in our children’s futures, please’, in response to the pandemic.