Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Shaping The Future consultation, ADASS president Ray James said:

“We welcome the open and positive way in which the CQC seeks to shape its future direction and its honest appraisal of past and future challenges. This is particularly useful in building public confidence both in it, and in the care and health sector as a whole.  

“We recognise everyone involved in providing care for older and vulnerable people shares a responsibility in ensuring that they can be cared for safely and with dignity. Councils have a central role to play in this through their work with the CQC nationally and with local providers to improve the quality of care. Local authorities also want to continue to work with their partners to improve the information people have to inform decisions about their care or care of their loved one.

 “We would encourage everyone to engage. The views of those receiving care and working at the front line to provide it are so important.”


CONTACT: Neil Durham, ADASS media office, 020 7664 3239

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.