Looked After Children 2022

  • Thursday, 31 March 2022
  • Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
Expert Speakers
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

Looked After Children are usually traumatised when they are taken into care, often with mental health issues, often malnourished, often victims of criminal exploitation and educationally far behind others in their age group. The challenge for social services is to address these issues despite rising numbers, fewer foster parents, many fewer adoptions and rapidly rising costs, all exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic

The Looked After Children conference will address ways by which these issues can be mitigated and managed more effectively. It will include a briefing on the government’s 2021 adoption strategy, which aims to facilitate adoption and remove some of the hindrances.

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

Josh McAllister (Invited)


Opening Keynote

Josh MacAllister, Lead Reviewer and Chair of the charity “Frontline” (Invited)

"Review of Children’s Services: The Case for Change."

This review, commissioned by the Government, has taken a fundamental look at the needs of Looked After Children, the challenges in addressing their needs and what changes must be made to provide the care that is required.


Speaker TBC, NHS England (invited).

"Integrated Care Systems: Their Role and Responsibilities"

How will they help bridge the gap between need and resources? How will they work in practice? What will be the impact on those who work in Children’s Services?


Headline Sponsor


Questions & Answer Session

"Supporting Families to Keep Children out of Care"

Josh MacAllister, Lead Reviewer and Chair of the charity “Frontline” (Invited)

Speaker TBC, NHS England (invited).

Headline Sponsor


What practical and inexpensive ways are there to support families that may help keep children out of care? For example, free school meals during term and holiday times should prevent children from being malnourished.


Coffee in the Networking Area


Speaker TBC, Barnados (Invited)

"The Need for more Foster Carers. How to recruit, support and retain them."


Speaker TBC

"What was good. What was not good and could have been done better."

Experience of being a Looked After Child. (2 former Looked After Children).


Lunch in the Networking Area


Afternoon Keynote

Andy Burnham, Care Leavers Guarantee (Invited)


Speaker TBC, OFSTED (Invited)

What Makes a Great Looked After Children’s Service. Good Practice and Lessons Learned from inspecting local Authority Children’s Services.


Final Keynote

Charlotte Ramsden, Chair, Association of Children’s Services and Strategic Director for People at Salford City Council. (Invited)

The Impact of COVID19 on the Delivery of Children’s Services. 


Panel Debate: Top Improving the Life Chances of Looked After Children


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Conference Close

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  • Gain an insight into the current situation and trends within the care system in the UK
  • Hear about how agencies plan to support better outcomes for looked after children. Extending them the same opportunities to their peers
  • Improve understanding of the reasons why children in care perform worse at school compared to other children and learn how their education attainment can be improved
  • Hear how successful transition can be supported and achieved into the next stage of education, training or employment
  • Listen to examples of successful programmes that are furthering educational aspiration
  • Discover more about the challenges facing children that are in unregulated accommodation or those teenagers that are placed in accommodation where there is no adult supervision
  • Hear more about ‘pinball kids’ and the importance of consistency and stability in placement, education and social work support
  • Learn why out of borough placements take place and what the impacts are on children when they are removed from their local are
  • Better understand how child exploitation is manifested, particularly the link between children in care and the ‘County Lines’ drug operations
  • Become more aware of the unnecessary criminalisation of LACs and how the new government protocol intends to address it
  • Learn how technology can assist children to communicate their feelings and concerns to promote better health and emotional wellbeing
  • Share best practice and experiences
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate with speakers and fellow delegates
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain 8 CPD credits
  • Contact Details
  • Venue
  • Featured Events
  • Downloads
  • Who will attend

Contact Details


Manchester Conference Centre

Manchester Conference Centre

Manchester Conference Centre is the ideal solution when searching for conference venues in Manchester. Top-of-the-range conference suites, 3 star value hotel accommodation, delicious dining and friendly service are the ideal components for a successful conference or event in the heart of the city centre.

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who will attend

  • 14-19 Partnership Teams
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Director/Heads Adoption and Fostering Agencies
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinators
  • Asylum and Immigration Officers
  • Care Leavers Champions
  • Central Government Departments and Agencies
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practitioners
  • Child and Educational Psychologists
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding Teams
  • Child Protection Officers
  • Children’s Health Service Professionals
  • Children’s Services Officers
  • Heads of Children’s Trusts and Children’s Centres
  • Commissioning Managers
  • Community and Voluntary Organisations
  • Community Development Managers
  • Director/Heads Connexions and Jobcentre Plus
  • Director/Heads Corporate Parenting Boards
  • Designated Nurses and Health Advisors for Children in Care
  • Director/Heads Local Education Authorities
  • Director/Heads Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards
  • Director/Heads Local, Regional and National Health Services
  • Director/Heads Looked After/Children in Care Teams
  • Director/Heads NEET Strategy Teams
  • Director/Heads Permanency Teams
  • Director/Heads Regional Adoption Agencies
  • Director/Heads Welfare Rights Organisations
  • Directors/Heads of Children and Young People’s Services
  • Domestic Violence Co-ordinators
  • Director/Heads Drug and Alcohol Action Teams
  • Early Years and Childcare Practitioners
  • Education and Welfare Officers
  • Education Providers
  • Director/Heads Employment and Training Services
  • Families Services Officers
  • Family Intervention Project Workers
  • Family Pathfinder Workers
  • Family Placement Teams
  • Family Support and Outreach Team Leads
  • Heads of Children’s Strategy
  • Members of Health and Wellbeing Boards
  • Director/Heads Homelessness Teams
  • Director/Heads Housing Service Providers
  • Local Authority Officers and Councillors
  • Looked-After Children Team Managers
  • Members of Police and Fire Service
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Post Adoption Support Services Leads
  • Psychotherapists
  • Residential Children’s Home Managers
  • School Nurses and Health Visitors
  • Schools, Colleges and Further Education Providers
  • Social Workers and Social Services Officers
  • Director/Heads Supported Housing Teams
  • Teachers and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators
  • Teenage Pregnancy Co-ordinators
  • Third Sector Representatives
  • Youth Inclusion Teams
  • Youth Workers and Youth Offending Teams