• EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised

    06 February 2018

    One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.

  • Social care directors in honours list

    02 January 2018

    Social services directors featured prominently in the New Year’s Honours List.

  • Child protection inquiry figures double in a decade

    12 December 2017

    Councils are undertaking more than double the number of child protection investigations than they were a decade ago, according to new research by the Local Government Association (LGA).

  • Council chiefs ‘must be sector leaders’

    18 October 2017

    The Association of Directors of Children’s Services’ (ADCS) president has insisted serving council chiefs should continue to perform such roles.

  • Refuges 'not always right solution'

    17 October 2017

    A top children’s services director has suggested refuges are ‘not always the right solution’ after research found a dramatic fall in spending by English councils.

  • Government backs sector-led improvement for children's services

    12 October 2017

    The Department for Education (DfE) has signalled a major policy shift with a £20m investment for a new programme of sector-led improvement for children’s services.

  • Are two roles too many?

    04 October 2017

    After a report into failings at Kirklees blamed the director’s duties at ADCS, Chris Mahony looks at the benefits of association roles for chief officers.

  • A new hope for children’s services?

    13 September 2017

    At a crucial and at times troubling period for children’s services, and with new Ofsted leadership in place, Dan Peters looks at the current state of play as councils continue to grapple with inspection, improvement and, in some cases, intervention.

  • Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi...

    16 August 2017

    Milton Keynes’ corporate director for people caused a stir when he blogged that the history of sector-led improvement (SLI) could be explained using Kylie song titles.

  • Exclusive: Councils face 'daily' struggle to place vulnerable kids

    09 August 2017

    The state of the children’s care market has been described as a ‘scar on the conscience of our country’ amid warnings over the lack of placements available for vulnerable young people.

  • Griffin replaces retiring Rickards

    02 August 2017

    Sedgemoor DC has approved a new interim chief executive.

  • Spielman heralds new relationship with ADCS

    07 July 2017

    Ofsted’s chief inspector has said she wants to ‘strengthen the relationship’ between her organisation and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).

  • An early start is vital

    14 June 2017

    The argument for early intervention sounds straightforward, writes Alison Michalska, but the difficulties lie in evidencing that it is working.

  • ‘Churn’ among councils’ kids’ services chiefs lowest since 2012

    02 May 2017

    The level of ‘churn’ among council directors of children’s services is at its lowest point for five years while average tenure is on the increase, promising new figures have revealed.

  • Going for gold in children's services

    20 April 2017

    New ADCS president Alison Michalska’s priorities for the year revolve around the determination to create a country that truly works for children.

  • O'Sullivan named institute chair

    14 March 2017

    Former president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Alison O’Sullivan has been appointed as the new chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

  • Taking stock of fostering

    21 February 2017

    Amid news of a national fostering stocktake, Dave Hill explains there are a host of challenges to placement that need to be examined.

  • Authorities seek renewed support for child refugees

    14 February 2017

    Town halls have urged ministers to re-design government support for asylum-seeking children following the Home Office’s surprise decision to drop the Dubs Amendment.

  • Fostering agencies accused of profiteering

    08 February 2017

    Children’s services directors have accused fostering agencies of ‘direct profiteering’ from the humanitarian crisis over unaccompanied asylum seekers.

  • Acting early for the parents of tomorrow

    24 January 2017

    Intervening early to support children’s life chances has been largely absent from national debates about public service reform. Ian Thomas says it is time for a 30-year strategy for tomorrow’s parents