The National Children and Adult Services Conference is a vital annual event for councillors, directors, senior officers, directors of public health, policy makers and service managers, and any individuals or organisations with responsibilities for children and adults services in the statutory, voluntary and private sector.

The conference is the annual opportunity for those with an interest in social care, children’s services, education, health and related fields to network with peers and hear the very latest thinking on key policy and improvement agendas.

The Local Government Association (LGA)

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

NCASC 2019 workshop bid application form

We are currently seeking bids to run workshop sessions at the National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCASCS) 2019. Workshops provide a vital opportunity for attendees to look at current issues, new and future developments, and examples of innovation and good practice.

What we are looking for

  • The conference organisers are looking for bids that reflect the breadth of key issues and priorities within children’s and adult services at a strategic level, ideally with participation from senior representatives in councils.
  • Particular consideration will be given to bids in adult services which share innovation and include the voice and perspective of those with lived experience in both the design of the session and in its delivery, either in person or represented in another way. 
  • Particular consideration in children’s services will be given to bids on youth and adolescent services, education and schools, CAMHS and criminal exploitation.
  • Attendees indicate a clear wish for fewer speakers and more opportunities for discussion during the sessions. One chair and three speakers should be the maximum for each workshop to allow plenty of time for interaction.
  • When considering speakers, please note only one speaker per session will receive a free place for that day/session. All other speakers will need to register their attendance and pay the relevant delegate fee. No further complimentary speaker passes will be available unless this is for a person with lived experience.

The application process

  • The application form is straightforward and brief. It covers: contact details, session title, session outline, proposed speakers and work area. You can amend and save the form at any stage until you are ready to submit it.
  • The deadline for submitting completed bids is Monday 1 April 2019.  We will not be able to accept bids submitted after this date. We aim to let you know the outcome from Monday 20 May 2019 onwards. We will not be able to let you know the outcome prior to this date.
  • All bids will be considered by the conference planning committee made up of representatives from LGA, ADASS and ADCS.

Speaker attendance

  • We will provide the workshop room and equipment (laptop, projector and screen) free of charge.
  • Only one speaker per session will receive a free place for that day/session. All other speakers will need to register their attendance and pay the relevant delegate fee, except people with lived experience.
  • Workshop speakers have to organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation – these and any other expenses will not be reimbursed either fully or partially.


Thank you for your interest in NCASC 2019.

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Our Community

Partners in wider public services, the voluntary, community and private sectors who work in this area – from suppliers to providers – will also be in attendance offering a unique opportunity to draw together over 1000 delegates with a shared interest in the breadth of this policy area.

Our Exhibition

An exciting exhibition sits at the heart of NCASC, offering over 80 organisations, including government departments and executive agencies, the opportunity to showcase a wide variety of services and solutions to influential decision makers in local authorities, statutory providers and other colleagues across the health, social care and education sectors.

Who should attend?

The event is aimed at all those from local and central government, voluntary organisations and the private sector with an interest in the provision of effective services for children, young people, their families and vulnerable adults, including health, social care and education.