Major Children's Services Review Scope Outlined at ADCS Conference
It has been confirmed that the scope of an upcoming major review of Children's Services will include local authorities' responsibilities concerning early years, special educational needs and school improvements.
Former president of the Association for Directors of Children's Services Alan Wood - who is chairing an advisory group supporting the Department for Education's review team - made the comments at the ADCS conference in Manchester.
He revealed that the review will start with a consultation exercise this September which will identify policies and actions the DfE should implement to help local authorities adjust to these responsibilities.
The consultation will also assess the effects of introducing a new role for children's services directors and lead members for children in line those responsibilities.
Wood said: "The purpose of the review is to determine a clear narrative and vision for the role of local authorities in relation to children, identify a coherent set of expectations and responsibilities for local authorities in relation to children, and identify the levers that would need to be in place to carry out the role effectively."
Key areas upon which Wood's advisory group will focus include places for children at early years, schools and post-16 milestones, as well as arrangements for special educational needs and alternate provision.