Delivery of children’s services

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and the National College has published New Futures: what is happening to children’s services?. The report summarises the findings from interviews with Directors of Children’s Services (DCS) in November 2010 to provide a snapshot of changes in the way that children’s services are delivered by local authorities. It includes findings of a second survey undertaken in April 2011 to establish whether the proposals reported in 2010 had been implemented as planned.

The study of 58 local authorities revealed that a third of councils are merging adult and children’s services or splitting responsibility for children’s social care and education between separate directorates. This is despite the fact that Professor Eileen Munro’s review into the child protection system recommended protecting the discrete functions of the DCS role in every local authority.

The study also found that many councils are reducing the number of senior and middle managers in children’s services, with 66% of local authorities reporting a reduction in such posts since the start of this financial year. Nationally, approximately 150 of these jobs have disappeared, the research said. Posts that were most likely to be scrapped included managers with responsibility for extended services, youth provision, early years and capital projects.


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