ADASS hails extended membership success

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday 13th November 2012
Embargo: Immediate

The association of directors of adult social services (ADASS) has extended its membership to include assistant directors and a number of other senior managers within the local authority -  a move designed to bring 'crucial additional strength to the voice of adult social care at a pivotal time in the  development of adult services.

According to ADASS, with the publication earlier this year of the White Paper on reforming care and support, and in the context of the wider policy and financial changes we are witnessing, now is the time to mobilise the whole sector for some of the biggest changes for a generation.

ADASS strongly believes that the decision, taken at it's 2012 annual general meeting, will help formalise the extent to which their senior management team colleagues can contribute their skills and wisdom to major policy issues. At the same time it will ensure that their contributions can be encouraged and channelled into the wider forums in which the issues are debated.

Within a few months of the decision ADASS has added nearly 300 new members to its roll a strengthening which has come from 103 of the 152 eligible English authorities. With associates included, the number of members currently exceeds 700 with more coming in each day.

President Sarah Pickup said she was delighted that the new membership offer had been so enthusiastically taken up. It means that in future our comments and views will carry greater weight among opinion shapers and policy makers, and that our views will have a denser and more focused edge to the perspective we take on policies across the board.

It will also excite a keener interest in the Association itself among social care managers and provide an invaluable means by which directors can bring new blood, new ideas and new visions into our sector.

Although members who are not directors will not have voting rights within the Association they will take part in all the current policy and regional networks, while additionally receiving:

  • The weekly electronic communications bulletin;
  • An invitation to all conferences, seminars and special events organised by ADASS, subject to the limitations of venues;
  • Two editions of ADASS Futures magazine per annum*; and
  • A copy of the ADASS Annual Report**.

Mrs Pickup added: Extending our membership has been long-debated, and is long overdue. On behalf of all the current senior officers of the Association I welcome all the new members who have joined us already, and warmly encourage all those who havent yet to do so. It is a pivotal moment in the history of social care in England, and the more dedicated, skilled and accomplished managers we can call on to offer their advice and skill, the better.


* Current edition of ADASS Futures
** Annual report 2011

For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS president, 01992 556300
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 3837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services in local authorities in England. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.

The Department of Health survey of adult social care 2010/2011 showed that:

* 62% of service users who responded said that they were extremely or very satisfied with the care and support services they receive.

*28% said they were quite satisfied, 7% said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and the remaining 3% said they were dissatisfied.

*26% reported their quality of life was so good, it could not be better or very good.

* 31% reported it was good, and

*33% reported it was alright.

* 10% reported their quality of life was either bad, very bad or so bad it could not be worse

See full results here.