Association for directors of adult social services

A new Association for directors of adult social care comes into being
today, pledged to work untiringly on behalf adults everywhere, their
communities and neighbourhoods, people with disabilities, and older,
more vulnerable people in need of care and protection.

To celebrate the event, President Anne Williams, Strategic Director,
Community, Health and Social Care for Salford City Council, hosted a
special reception at Westminster for parliamentarians, peers, experts in
adult care services, senior members of the voluntary sector,
representatives of the media and private sector as well as members of
the new Association.

ADASS has been created following the division of former social services
departments into children's services, including education, on the one
hand, and adult social services on the other. It follows the creation of
the Association of Directors of Children's Services which was launched
last month.

Growing out of its forerunner the ADSS, ADASS will seek to inform all
major policy debates about the shape of adult social care, communicate
the issues to a wider public as well as the political and professionals

Ms Williams said today: "ADASS is a lot, lot more than ADSS without
children's directors. Just as our new adult services departments are a
lot lot more than social services without the children. With the White
Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say the government has drawn a vision of
adult social services which sees the skill and experience of our members
spreading widely across all the issues which are vital to sustain
supportive and caring communities.

"If we take a narrow view of adult social care we will not fulfil that
vision, and we won't be getting the best for the people in our
authorities. It is only by making these wider connections that social
care will be able to deliver what we want it to deliver.

"Yes, there are resources issues, and those are issues which we shall
have to face squarely over the coming months that the extended CSR 2007
period has given us. But I really do feel that we have a wonderful
opportunity to grow social care  services in ways which will see them
being key priorities for national and local government colleagues."

In a goodwill message, John Coughlan, Joint President of the Association
of Directors of Children's Services and, until the end of April,
President of the ADSS, congratulated ADASS on its launch and pledged
ADCS to work closely with the new Association on "the wide number of
issues where we clearly have common concerns. There is no escaping the
fact that children have parents, parents have families and families are
rooted in communities - no matter how well we configure the services
available to them."

Secretary of State Patricia Hewitt said in a special edition of ADASS
Futures*: "I am delighted to welcome the launch of the Association of
Directors of Adult Social Services today, and to acknowledge the focused
voice that it will give for directors in the future.

"The development of a distinctive organisation, which, together with
ADCS, replaces the Association of Directors of Social Services, is a
further step in the renewed emphasis on social care services for adults.
The important contribution which the sector makes to the social
inclusion agenda and to integration of support around the needs of
individuals will be further emphasised by the establishment of ADASS.

"The new organisation has a strong role in championing the needs of
individuals within the community and in supporting and challenging
constructively the development of social care in the 21st Century. I
wish it every success for the future."

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