Delivering results

These resources are intended to guide and support you in delivery of the key statutory functions of the DCS, including ways to strategically manage service demand, keep a grip on performance and quality and ensure that services deliver value for money – in order to deliver better outcomes for children, young people and families.

Balcony or battlefield

This short commentary has been written by IPC Associate Lynda Bull. The piece explores how to support senior managers in adult social care and offers a number of considerations and suggestions. While it draws on current thinking, it is essentially based on Lynda’s observation, her personal experience as an ex-director of adult social care and considered thought with the intention of being a helpful aide memoire for senior managers in adult social care.

Statutory Guidance

Statutory Guidance on the Roles & Responsibilities of a DCS and Lead Member For Children's Services. This is statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Education. This guidance covers the legislative basis for the two appointments, roles and responsibilities of the post holders, and how this relates to Government expectations about local authorities’ role in education and children and young people’s services.

Cultural Competence

This paper suggests that there exists a uniting concept, that when effectively applied, can become a powerful tool for whole organisational and individual change, potentially creating the context for increased equity in the workplace and ultimately leading to improved service provision for diverse communities.

Leadership inbalance - Black and Asian leaders missing in action

A think piece by Meera Spillett, Designer of the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative and former DCS. The reality across children’s services in England and Wales is that despite an increasing Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) population both using and working in children’s services and the public sector as a whole, it is still possible to count on one hand the number of directors of children’s services who are Black.

Speech from ADCS President, Jenny Coles

This is the opening address from the ADCS President at the National Children's and Adult's Services Conference in November 2020.

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