Council chiefs ‘must be sector leaders’
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'
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
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?
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?
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...
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
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
Sedgemoor DC has approved a new interim chief executive.
Spielman heralds new relationship with ADCS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Children's services 'absent from devolution debates'
Overlooking children’s services in devolution discussions is a missed opportunity that is costing local authorities billions of pounds a year, a senior director has warned.
Mental health reforms may be derailed by cuts
Cuts to council-provided support services could pose a barrier to the prime minister’s flagship mental health reforms, according to a leading health think-tank.
Children's services approaching 'tipping point'
The country’s most senior children’s services director has warned that the sector is facing a ‘tipping point’ that will impact upon ‘generations’ of young people.