WM ADCS is the Regional Association for Directors of Children's Services and their Senior Management teams across the West Midlands; we also work closely with our colleagues in the National Association for Directors of Children’s Services in England.
Our members hold leadership roles in children’s services departments in the 14 local authorities and trusts in the West Midlands, which are; Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford & Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire. They specialise in developing, commissioning and leading the delivery of services to children, young people and their families. This includes education, health, youth, early years and social care services. Working in partnership with other agencies our members work to achieve tailored and joined-up services for children, whatever their identified needs.

WM ADCS members strive to drive improvements in all areas of policy and practice. Through the contributions of its members, ADCS provides the collective voice of professionals in children's services leadership roles on policy, practice and resourcing of the wide variety of services available to children, young people and their families across the West Midlands.

WM ADCS works closely with ADCS national, local and national politicians, government departments, public sector bodies (including Health and the Police), the community and voluntary sectors and other professional bodies on designing and delivering integrated services for children, young people and their families.

We aim to provide invaluable support and advice to colleagues. Our work is undertaken through the remit of the statutory requirement of Director of Children's Services and a supportive regional collaborative approach across the 14 Local Authorities and Trusts. This is to make a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and families in the West Midlands. 

We use our association with ADCS national to benefit from a network of expert professional leaders in identifying good practice and share learning to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the West Midlands.

The current Chair of the West Midlands DCS Network is Sally Rowe, Director of Children's Services at Walsall Council