Overview

21 Sep, 20219:00 am-1:35 pm22 Sep, 20219:00 am-1:20 pm
Online Conference

This Looked After Children & Care Leavers Conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore innovative ways of coordinating care to improve outcomes for children on the edge of care, children in care, and care leavers. Participants will discuss the last developments, including the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care and the Family Hubs policy.

This online forum will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore innovative ways of coordinating care to improve outcomes for children on the edge of care, children in care, and care leavers. Participants will discuss the last developments, including the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care and the Family Hubs policy.

What to expect:

  • Explore the Government’s vision for improving the welfare of looked-after children
  • Review the current landscape of services aimed children on the edge of care, children in care, and care leavers
  • Discuss effective strategies for improving the care and support that children in care and care leavers receive
  • Strengthen your multi-agency working to better support children and care leavers, and provide them with a consistent core offering of support

An online and interactive forum:

  • Delivered via the next generation conference engagement platform Swapcard
  • Opportunities for virtual networking and discussion
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Live interaction tools and break out rooms
  • Post-event resources to facilitate implementation of key takeaways

Find out more about our new online experience


Policy Background

According to Department for Education figures, there are over 80,000 children in care in England, and the rate of children leaving care decreased. The figures also showed that the number of proportion of care leavers aged 17-21 years old who are not in education, employment, or training has risen.

National lockdowns over the last year have put pressure on services for both care leavers and children in care, and forced significant changes in how those services are delivered. BASW’s January 2021 survey of social workers found that only 51% of respondents felt that they were able to carry out their role with the confidence and support they needed during the pandemic, with 79% saying that they had encountered more difficulties in accessing essential support services for the people with whom they worked.

In September 2020, the LGA published the A Child-Centred Recovery report, which lays out what needs to be done to recover from the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how children can be at the core of policy and decision-making moving forward. A key takeaway of this report is the importance of early intervention and support, which the report suggests can prevent the escalation of issues. A focus on early intervention could go some way to addressing the almost £800million overspend by Councils on children’s social care.

In light of these challenges, the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care was launched in January 2021, and has been given a broad scope to review all aspects of children’s social care. It is vital that services are able to provide the necessary support to children on the edge of care, children in care, and care leavers in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all children.

 

Online Experience

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups
  • Real time resources and presentations

Key Speakers

Judith Blake CBE photo
Judith Blake CBE
Baroness Blake of Leeds
Lucy Peake photo
Lucy Peake
Chief Executive
Kinship
Rhiannon Clapperton photo
Rhiannon Clapperton
Director of Policy, Campaigns and Communications
Become

Other Speakers

Patrick Ward photo
Patrick Ward
Vice Chair & Virtual School Head Teacher
National Association of Virtual School Heads & Lewisham Council
Iryna Pona photo
Iryna Pona
Policy and Research Manager - Youth at Risk
The Children's Society
Marieke Widmann photo
Marieke Widmann
Policy & Practice Adviser, Refugee and Migrant Children
The Children's Society
Katy Hudson photo
Katy Hudson
Training & Development Manager
Become
Sheila Redfern photo
Sheila Redfern
Head of Service -Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment
Anna Freud Centre
James Copeland photo
James Copeland
Head of Business and Commercial Development
The Fostering Network
Tanisha Frazer photo
Tanisha Frazer
Policy Forum Representative
Drive Forward Foundation

Agenda

  • Day 1 - 21st September
  • Day 2 - 22nd September
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Day 1 Welcome Address
Harriet Ward CBE
Harriet Ward CBE
Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Fellow
The Rees Centre, University of Oxford
Confirmed
9:40 am
Keynote: Improving the Experiences of Children in Care through Attachment Awareness
  • Understanding the role that attachments play in child development
  • Learn how to identify how different stages of support for children in care can be improved through attachment awareness
  • Identify how your own services can be improved by providing children with a consistent, stable relationship with a trusted adult
  • Learn how the delivery of practical services can be improved through attachment awareness
Louise Bombèr
Louise Bombèr
Strategic Attachment Lead Teacher & Therapist
TouchBase
Confirmed
10:15 am
Interactive Panel Discussion & Q&A: Supporting Children and Families on the Edge of Care
  • Sharing best practice for early intervention
  • Learn how best to support children and families on the edge of care, including the role of Family Group Conferencing
  • Understand how to best identify when edge of care services will be most effective
  • Emphasising the importance of early intervention and how it often leads to improved outcomes, as well as savings in other children’s services
Kate Wareham
Kate Wareham
Director Young People and Families
Catch-22
Confirmed
Judith Blake CBE
Judith Blake CBE
Baroness Blake of Leeds
Confirmed
Cathy Ashley
Cathy Ashley
Chief Executive
Family Rights Group
Invited
10:45 am
Interactive Panel Discussion & Q&A: Discussing How to Address the Shortage of Care Placements
  • Understanding why people foster and adopt
  • Discussing best practice methods for recruiting adopters and foster carers
  • Understanding the importance of an applicant’s experience
  • Identifying the role of kinship care as an option for children
Eleanor Haworth
Eleanor Haworth
Director of Service Delivery
Adoption UK
Confirmed
Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams
Chief Executive
The Fostering Network
Confirmed
Lucy Peake
Lucy Peake
Chief Executive
Kinship
Confirmed
11:20 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Forum, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:30 am
Keynote: Understanding the Government’s Vision for Family Hubs
  • Understand the role of Family Hubs in Early Years Support post-Covid-19
  • Learn how Family Hubs can improve access to services and service integration
  • Identify key differences from the Sure Start Policy
  • Sharing best practice for establishing Family Hubs
Vicky Ford MP
Vicky Ford MP
Minister for Children and Families
Department for Education
Invited
12:00 pm
Interactive Panel Session + Q&A: Coordinating a Consistent Core Offering for Children in Care
  • Sharing key tips on delivering effective joined-up services that provide a core offering for children in care
  • Learning effective methods that enable services to place the child at the centre of care-planning
  • Sharing best practice for co-operation between different services for children in care & care leavers
  • Exploring the contexts in which a multi-agency approach is at its most effective
Rebekah Pierre
Rebekah Pierre
Care Leaver and Professional Officer at BASW (British Association of Social Workers)
BASW (British Association of Social Workers)
Confirmed
Patrick Ward
Patrick Ward
Vice Chair & Virtual School Head Teacher
National Association of Virtual School Heads & Lewisham Council
Confirmed
Vicki Walker
Vicki Walker
Consultant Paediatrician & Looked after Children Representative
Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health (RCPCH)
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Breakout Discussion Rooms

Join a discussion room to explore themes from the day’s sessions:

Ensuring Quality Care: Providing Training for Carers and Parents
James Copeland
James Copeland
Head of Business and Commercial Development
The Fostering Network
Confirmed
Following the Signs: Understnading the Signs of Safety Framework
Eva Schoenwald
Eva Schoenwald
Senior Researcher
What Works for Children's Social Care (WWCSC)
Confirmed
Empowering Service Users: Understanding Family Group Conferencing
Tah Tabod
Tah Tabod
Project Manager
Daybreak Family Group Conferences
Confirmed
Katrina Holman
Katrina Holman
Child Welfare FGC Manager for Dorset & Wiltshire
Daybreak Family Group Conferences
Confirmed
The “Lottery of Support”: Supporting for Kinship Carers in Your Local Authority
Lucy Peake
Lucy Peake
Chief Executive
Kinship
Confirmed
PEP Preparation: Integrating the Voices of Young People in Pupil Education Plans
Amanda Savage
Amanda Savage
Head of Education
TACT Care
Confirmed
Securing Settled Status for Children in Care
Marieke Widmann
Marieke Widmann
Policy & Practice Adviser, Refugee and Migrant Children
The Children's Society
Confirmed
1:25 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks

*programme subject to change

Harriet Ward CBE
Harriet Ward CBE
Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Fellow
The Rees Centre, University of Oxford
Confirmed
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair's Day 2 Welcome Address
Harriet Ward CBE
Harriet Ward CBE
Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Fellow
The Rees Centre, University of Oxford
Confirmed
9:40 am
Ofsted Case Study: North Tyneside’s Journey to Outstanding Children’s Social Care

North Tyneside Council were judged to be “Outstanding” shortly before the national lockdown began in 2020. This session will outline how they achieved this improvement through effective strategic partnerships, as well as a focus on services including:

  • The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
  • Strengthening the Connection between Children’s Social Care and Early Intervention and Support
  • Transition planning for care leavers
  • Ensuring children in care maintain relationships with friends, family, and communities
Jacqui Old
Jacqui Old
Director of Children's and Adult Services
North Tyneside Council
Confirmed
10:15 am
Interactive Panel Discussion & Q&A: Addressing the Volume of Missing Episodes
  • Uncovering the underlying causes for missing episodes
  • Identifying how to respond to missing episodes in a way which benefits the child
  • Learn how services should collaborate to address missing episodes
  • Discussing the Missing Children Assessment Tool, and how benchmarking can improve services across Local Authorities
Josie Allan
Josie Allan
Senior Policy & Partnerships Manager
Missing People
Confirmed
Iryna Pona
Iryna Pona
Policy and Research Manager - Youth at Risk
The Children's Society
Confirmed
Rebekah Pierre
Rebekah Pierre
Care Leaver and Professional Officer at BASW (British Association of Social Workers)
BASW (British Association of Social Workers)
Confirmed
10:50 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Forum, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Barnardo's Keynote: Transforming the Care System Through Interconnected Partnership Working
Michelle Lee-Izu
Michelle Lee-Izu
Corporate Director of Children's Services: Development & Innovation
Barnardo's
Confirmed
11:45 am
Department for Education Keynote: Improving the Quality of Care for Care Leavers
  • Understanding the role of Personal Advisers
  • Applying the principles of corporate parenting across all areas of children’s services to create positive experiences for care experienced people
  • Responding to and recognising the views of care experienced young people
Mark Riddell MBE
Mark Riddell MBE
National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion & Q&A: Aging Out – Providing Ongoing Support for Care Leavers
  • Sharing best practice on providing long term support to prevent the “cliff edge of care”`
  • Sharing best practice on levelling out the hierarchy of support for different care leavers
  • Understanding the importance of a clear transition plan, and the benefits of planning early
  • Learn how to address the isolation that care leavers feel, and the ongoing mental health impacts of national lockdowns
David Graham
David Graham
National Director
The Care Leavers Association
Confirmed
Rhiannon Clapperton
Rhiannon Clapperton
Director of Policy, Campaigns and Communications
Become
Confirmed
Tanisha Frazer
Tanisha Frazer
Policy Forum Representative
Drive Forward Foundation
Confirmed
12:40 pm
Breakout Discussion Rooms

Join a discussion room to explore themes from the day’s sessions:

The Inclusive School Environment: Moving Away from Punitive Sanctions
Katy Hudson
Katy Hudson
Training & Development Manager
Become
Confirmed
Coordinated Support: Providing Mental Health Support for Young People
Sheila Redfern
Sheila Redfern
Head of Service -Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment
Anna Freud Centre
Confirmed
Away From the Cliff Edge: Improving Support for Care Leavers
Joesphate Kamuna-Makaya
Joesphate Kamuna-Makaya
Corporate Co-Ordinator
Drive Forward Foundation
Confirmed
1:05 am
Chair's Closing Remarks

*programme subject to change

Harriet Ward CBE
Harriet Ward CBE
Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Fellow
The Rees Centre, University of Oxford
Confirmed

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for the Local Government, Health Sector, Education Sector and Voluntary Sector. Typical job titles will include:

  • Virtual Head Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Head of Service for LAC
  • Heads of Care Planning
  • Councillors
  • Operations Managers for Care Services
  • Heads of Child Services
  • Adoptions Services Managers
This Forum is also open to the Private Sector to encourage debate and networking.

Pricing

  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Large Charities - Over £1m Income)
    £245 +VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Small Charities- Under £1m Income)
    £195 + VAT
  • Public Sector Rate
    £295+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate
    £395+VAT