Essential Series: Introduction To Adult Social Care And Children's Services


Event summary

This popular course offers an introduction to adult social care and children’s services. Split over two afternoons, the sessions are designed to cover all the essential knowledge required for those who are new to adult and children’s social care. It is also excellent for people who would like to refresh their knowledge. Covering everything from the basics to the latest social care issues, the interactive course will make delegates more effective in their roles.

The course will be conducted over two consecutive days.

Day 1 Monday 21 October 13:00-16:00

Day 2 Tuesday 22 October 13:00-16:00


21 Oct 2024 13:00
22 Oct 2024 16:00



Standard price

£365.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£310.00 excl VAT

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About this event

In this introductory course, we will start from the very beginning, by defining what is meant by adult social care, and children’s services. We will cover the legislative framework underpinning these services, including the Care Act 2014, ensuring that delegates understand local authorities’ legal duties. We will also cover charging, managing current and future pressures, funding, assurance, integration, data, and reform. There will be space for questions, answers, and discussion, as well as networking with fellow attendees.

Who should attend?

Anyone who:

  • Is new to adult and/or children’s services.
  • Would like to refresh their knowledge.
  • Wants to improve their understanding of social care.

How will you benefit from attending?

Delegates will benefit by:

  • Establishing a solid knowledge base of adult and children’s services.
  • Understanding local authority legal duties in social care.
  • Learning the causes of current local authority social care pressures.
  • Becoming familiar with the most up-to-date social care issues.
  • Looking forward to how they can help manage demand and improve social care in their local areas.
  • Bringing all of their learning together to be more effective in their roles.
  • Having the opportunity to ask questions, and interact and network with fellow delegates.

CPD hours

A total of six hours.


  • Childrens services
  • / Local government

Speaker - Dr William Burns, Social Care Policy Advisor

Photo of Dr William Burns

William is CIPFA’s social care policy voice, and he runs the Social Care Network. His work focuses on social care reform, and he has produced thought leadership in the areas of charging reform, children’s social care reform, Scotland’s National Care Service, and social care funding. Before joining CIPFA, he was Social Care Finance Lead at the Scottish Government where he was involved in costing a range of social care reform policies stemming from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care. William attained a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and started studying accountancy during the final stages of his PhD.

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