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The conference, which will again bring together the most senior and influential figures in children and adult services, looks set to be more important than ever. Since the last NCAS conference in Manchester in November 2010 there have been significant developments in both fields against a dominating backdrop of severe funding cuts across the public sector.

Given the pace and significance of developments in both children’s and adult services this year’s conference looks set to be one of the most important and high profile in recent times. In adult social care and health, for example, major reform is before us with both agendas likely to fundamentally alter the way councils address the health and wellbeing needs of their populations. In children’s services, the defining challenges will be fleshing out a strong, strategic council role in education as more schools become academies; retaining a strong element of local flexibility as schools funding is radically reformed; and successfully building a sector-led programme of improvement support for Children’s Services authorities.

Political speakers include:
- Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education
- Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education
- Rt Hon John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health.

There will also be two ministerial sub-plenary sessions on children and families and adult social care to allow delegates a real opportunity to engage with Government on what the recent developments mean for your communities.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales will outline how council services can help transform the lives of residents by focusing on building aspiration and resilience, leading into a keynote address by Geoff Mulgan, new Chief Executive of NESTA who will address how the sector can ensure that the leadership it is providing in the current climate is perceptive, proactive and emotionally intelligent. On Friday, in a session entitled ‘good decisions in tough times’ Martina Milburn, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust; Baroness Debbie Scott, Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s People and Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive, Turning Point will be asking how providers can ensure that the needs of the community are at the heart of how services are designed and delivered, including engaging with young people and people with complex needs. In the current age of austerity identifying practical models for delivery are essential and this session will explore this.

As part of a packed and vibrant programme of focussed and relevant policy and fringe events you can take the opportunity for questions and discussions and hear from speakers from across the children’s and adults sector, including:

- Alzheimer’s Society
- Department for Education
- Action for Children
- Department of Health
- Carers UK
- Fostering Network
- College of Social Work
- National Youth Agency
- Council for Disabled Children
- Social Care Institute for Excellence
- Youth Justice Board

Speakers include:

- Lord Michael Bichard, Director, Institute of Government
- David Behan, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health
- Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive, the National Youth Agency
- Cynthia Bower, Chair, Care Quality Commission
- David Brindle, Public Services Editor, The Guardian
- Frances Done Chair, Youth Justice Board
- Dame Barbara Hakin, National Managing Director Commissioning Development, Department of Health
- Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society
- Simon Parker, Director, New Local Government Network
- Imelda Redmond CBE, Chief Executive, Carers UK
- Dame Philippa Russell, Standing Commission on Carers

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