The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents all the directors of adult social services in England as well as senior managers who report to them.
ADASS brings together the accumulated wisdom and understanding of the way services for adults are managed and financed as well as inputs from a widening responsibility for housing, leisure, library, culture and, in some case, arts and sports facilities. In April 2013 just under 40 (circa 30 per cent) of our members were also responsible for children's services departments.
Our members are responsible for providing or commissioning, through the activities of their departments, the wellbeing, protection and care of hundreds of thousands of elderly and disabled people, as well as for the promotion of that wellbeing and protection wherever it is needed.
ADASS members, too, are responsible for a whole range of wider services in addition to their responsibilities to adult social care. We work through a staff group which, in direct and indirect forms of employment, number some 1.5 million - more than the total staff engaged in the NHS.
At the same time we maintain the closest possible formal and informal links with colleagues in the health services, children’s services departments and in the independent provision of day and residential services to older people. We continue actively to inform and brief government ministers and civil servants about the impact of their policies; work with them on policy initiatives wherever appropriate, while engaging with opinion formers across the whole spectrum of current media outlets.