NCASC: Everything you need to know

04 December 2023

Following the National Children’s and Adult’s Service Conference in Bournemouth last week, The MJ rounds up everything you need to know.


'Watch this space' on spiralling cost of children's placements

The sector should ‘watch this space’ for an announcement from the Government on the spiralling costs of private placements for children, a minister said today.

Sector 'slow in making strong case to Treasury for social care cash'

The sector has been slow in making a robust case for social care  funding from the Treasury, says president of ADASS Beverley Tarka.

Social care 'doing a good job' getting investment

Those working in adult social care are ‘already doing a very good job at getting investment and commitments to reform’, according to government minister Helen Whately.

Government must make 'some difficult decisions' on children's services

The Government must make ‘some difficult decisions’ if it is ‘not able or willing’ to provide funding to meet the financial pressures in children’s services, ADCS president, John Pearce, said.

Labour must 'grasp the nettle' early on social care costs

Labour will ‘have to grasp the nettle fairly early on’ if it wins the General Election about the long-term funding of social care, shadow minister Andrew Gwynne has said.



Stories change the world and social care needs a better story

A meeting at NCASC was a start of action to build a better story for social care that will make it a political priority in the minds of the public, say Beverley Tarka and Anna Severwright.

Elevating ambitions through co-production

Sean Hanson, chief executive of IMPOWER, reflects on this week’s NCASC conference and the power of co-production.

Who wouldn’t want to be a DCS?

As directors of children’s services gather at the National Children and Adult Services Conference, Philip Emms and Jane Parfrement reflect on the achievements of the aspirant DCS programme.


No quick fix as challenges grow

A complex and daunting set of political and policy problems faced England’s councillors and chiefs of children and adult care services gathered last week in Bournemouth. Ann McGauran reports.

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