The role of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) Cymru Ltd, as the national leadership organisation for social services in Wales, is to represent the collective, authoritative voice of directors of social services, heads of adult services, children’s services and business services on a range of national and regional issues of social care policy, practice and resourcing.

ADSS Cymru are committed to working with Welsh Government, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), Social Care Wales, colleagues in the NHS, and partners in third and independent sectors towards delivering positive outcomes for individuals, families and communities in Wales by informing and influencing legislation, policies and practices in the social care sector.

They are a membership organisation first and foremost. Their members include statutory directors and senior social services managers from all 22 local authorities across Wales. Currently their associate membership extends to past directors or heads of service.

Practice Solutions involvement

Practice Solutions are contracted to provide the business unit for all ADSS Cymru activity. This includes services such as administrative support, finance, business development, marketing and communications support as well as strategic development. The business unit co-ordinates and manages all ADSS Cymru events such as the annual National Social Care Conference and their spring seminar, as well as multiple events throughout the year.

The business unit provides support for all project workstreams such as National Policy Development (Brexit Transition Support), All Wales Heads of Adults' Services Group (AWASH), All Wales Heads of Children's Services Group (AWHOCS), Safeguarding Leadership Group, Workforce Policy Group, Delivering Transformation Grant and Leading on the Language of Choice.

As well as providing direct support to ADSS Cymru members, the team ensures the business runs smoothly and is the first point of contact for media and other queries.

For general enquiries, contact the team at:

ADSS Cymru Business Unit
Ty Antur
Navigation Park
CF45 4SN

01443 742641

Sarah Day
Business Manager
01443 742641 |

Karen Williams
Governance and Business Support Lead
01443 742641 |

Paul Pavia
Researcher and Policy Lead
01443 742641 |

Sian Barclay
Business Support (Governance and Policy)
01443 742641 |

Louise Sweeney
Business Support (Events and Engagement Lead)
01443 742641 |