Children's Social Care Practice Leaders' Group

The ALDCS Practice Leaders Group was formerly known as the Assistant Directors of Social Care Network.

The Group provides a forum for London’s children’s social care practice leaders with day-to-day responsibility across the whole system for child and family social work practice.  You can get an up to date list of practice leaders from the Group’s facilitator Andrew O’Sullivan by emailing

The group is supported by independent consultant Andrew O’Sullivan. Judith Finlay is the ALDCS member who acts as the link with the Group. 

The formal operation of the Group is set out in the Group’s Terms of Reference which can be accessed here.  

The Group has a Business Plan which can be accessed here. It is reviewed and updated annually.

Key priorities are to raise standards across the whole child and family practice system, work effectively with partners on thematic challenges, respond effectively to financial pressures on children’s social care budgets and build regional partnership capacity.


Additional Information

For a more detailed introduction into the work of the Children's Social Care Practice Leaders' group with a brief introduction and links to our partners, please click here.

Please click here for a case study describing how Greenwich Council opened an emergency residential home very rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic.