The well-established National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCASC) is widely regarded as the most prestigious event in the calendar for elected members and senior managers in local authorities with responsibility for, or an interest in, the provision of effective services for children, young people and vulnerable adults. 

The conference is organised by the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS), Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and the Local Government Association (LGA).

This event is vital to councillors, directors, senior officers, policy-makers and service managers, and any individuals or organisations with responsibilities for children and adult services in the statutory, voluntary and private sector.

It is also an important opportunity for our partners in health, education and related fields alongside MPs with an interest in social care, children’s services, education and health.

The 2018 conference will be held at Manchester Central and following on from the successful format of previous conferences, the programme will consist of a mixture of keynote and plenary sessions delivered by prominent figures in the adult, children and education sectors, including ministers. There will also be opportunities to attend a series of policy workshops and take advantage of various networking sessions.

Speakers will be drawn from across the sector and the event is a regular fixture in the diaries of Secretaries of State for Education and for Health, who typically use it as an opportunity to make policy announcements following the party conference season. The shadow opposition teams are also a regular feature on the programme.

The full delegate fee includes entry into all plenaries and workshops, the exhibition area plus regular refreshments, a hot lunch each day and two evening drinks receptions.

Who should attend?

The event is aimed at all those from local and central government, private and the community and voluntary sectors with an interest in the provision of adult and children services, health, education and social care.

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Announcements of keynote speakers and contributors to the conference will be made available across this website – keep checking our news and programme pages for the latest details.

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