Professional bodies’ offer to directors

    Children’s services directors are to be offered joint membership
    of the professional bodies for social care and education.

    The Association of Directors of Social Services and the
    Association of Directors of Education and Children’s Services
    (Adecs) have joined forces in response to the government’s
    requirement that councils appoint a director with dual
    responsibility for education and children’s social care.

    The ADSS is expected to ratify the decision at its spring
    seminar in April, alongside moves to extend membership to chief
    executives of care trusts.

    David Hawker, Adecs chair and director of children, families and
    schools at Brighton Council, said: “Every children’s services
    director is going to have to learn one side of the business or the
    other. I think, as the leadership organisations on both sides, ADSS
    and Adecs, have got a huge amount to offer in terms of the
    up-skilling of directors of children’s services.”

    He denied a merger was on the cards, but said a body
    specifically representing children’s services directors was
    possible a few years down the line.

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