The National Children and Adults Conference 2012 will be held at The Devonshire Park Centre in Eastbourne and will open with registration at 8.30 am on Wednesday 24 October and close with lunch on Friday 26 October.

Rt Hon David Laws MP, Education Minister, has been confirmed to open this year's conference. On Wednesday, Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, will address delegates and on Thursday Norman Lamb MP, Health Minister, will take centre stage.

Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, will also address delegates.

Conference programme and further details – on the ADASS website.

Related links

Speeches and presentations – on the ADASS website


Conference blog

Community safety

Police and crime commissioners safeguarding children and adults

As ministers, councillors, officers, and directors of public health gather this week at the National Children and Adult Services conference, Cllr Mehboob Khan, Chair of the LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board, highlights the important role of police and crime commissioners in safeguarding children and adults.

School funding – Ask the expert

The school funding session covered three broad areas on school funding reform, academies central functions and early intervention grant (EIG).

Driving improvement

This sub-plenary session brought together experts from children's and adults services to talk about how councils are supporting and challenging each other to improve.

Adult safeguarding: everybody's business

The last session of the day was an interesting policy session on adult safeguarding with Cathie Williams, Andrea Sutcliffe and Dr Adi Cooper. We were asked to debate the issues with our neighbours and write our reflections on a postcard.

Innovation in services for young people

The key to improving youth services at a time of financial challenge was to work with local partners in the voluntary and community sectors, to tailor services to the needs of young people and to make the link to the ambitions of young people locally.

Media releases

Adult social care

Support system

18 October 2012

Adult social care needs both funding and reform, argues Cllr David Rogers

Children and young people

LGA responds to Government announcement on care leavers

30 October 2012

Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, responds to the Government's announcement on care leavers.

Adult social care

Councils' rallying cry to show united front on care crisis

26 October 2012

Councils will be urged to stand together and demand action from the Treasury over the funding crisis facing adult social care, at a summit of sector experts today.

Adult social care

Care failure could strip elderly of their dignity and assets.

24 October 2012

Failure to tackle how care is funded is leaving elderly people in limbo and could strip them of their dignity and their assets, social care experts are warning today.

Children and young people

Children first

18 October 2012

As the education sector prepares for next week's National Children and Adult Services' Conference, Cllr David Simmonds looks at the challenges ahead for councils.