Stakeholders and Partners


The Staff College is supported by a wide range of organisations such as; the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) the Association of Directors of Education in Wales (ADEW), the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), the Department for Education, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Government.

Additionally, the College has a close working relationship with Research in Practice and a memorandum of understanding with The Royal Society of Arts which has resulted in joint publications of research and think pieces.

Since 2009, the hallmark of the DCS leadership provision has been its focus on reflecting the real work context of children’s services. We are able to do this through a strong network of partnerships which inform our design and delivery processes. Our partnerships are driven by shared values, a common moral purpose and a belief in a set of principles which commits us to deliver world class leadership development within the sector.

Crucial to the future sustainability of the sector’s leadership provision, is a close working alliance with our local authority stakeholders, working towards joint commitments to sector-led improvement. We share a joint vision to promote and sustain a learning community that has the capacity and resilience to meet the demands of continued performance improvement through effective peer support and challenge and a collective responsibility for improving the outcomes for children and young people.