Due to delegate demand and over subscription, Open Forum Events are pleased to present an additional conference focusing on the lives of children in care and those transitioning out of the system. Based on favourable feedback from three prior events, the Looked After Children-Promoting Equality of Opportunity will bring together those who are campaigning, promoting and working to support equal opportunities and better life chances.
The conference programme will examine the latest developments within children’s social care provision and look to highlight some of the disparities experienced by looked after children with reference to addiction, homelessness, educational achievement and criminal exploitation. Attendees will receive an update on the numbers within the care system and learn of the issues created from regular transfer of placement, whilst a review of the government funding for adoption will be discussed as a possible solution in providing permanent homes. Examples of best practice will be shared to inform and inspire professional practice, with the intention to improve outcomes and enhance lives.
With its reputation for hosting quality conferences focusing on children’s services, Open Forum Events invites you to a day of informative plenary sessions, delivered by expert speakers, discussion forums and networking opportunities.
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Jackie tells her powerful and deeply moving testimony, as she shares her own experience of accessing her records and understanding her care experience.
What works well for Children in Care? Update from the National Association of Virtual School Heads. How to encourage Learning Homes and Caring Schools. Attachment Research Community and NAVSH Call to Action to make all schools trauma aware. How to improve the numbers of children in care in Higher Education. The role of the Designated teacher and how to effectively use Personal Education Plans and Pupil premium plus.
Sharing Barnardo’s understanding of the impact Covid had on care experienced young people then and now. Highlighting our approach to creating system change for children in and leaving care and some examples of our work in Care Journeys
The presentation will examine what makes a difference to children and young people through an investment in workforce development and raising the bar within the context of Minimum Standards.
The government launched their National Adoption Strategy across England in July 2021 with an aim to achieving excellence everywhere across the country. The government is supporting Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) leaders to deliver the vision with their three priorities: recruitment, the child’s journey and adoption support. The presentation will give an overview of the strategy, setting out the key challenges around adoption and will share the progress of the implementation of the plan.
Presentation synopsis (paragraph) Becca and Claire met during an MSc Safeguarding online course in Birmingham during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021. This gave Becca and Claire an opportunity to work together, innovate and co-create virtually without walls, across geographical boundaries. Both in new unique safeguarding roles with a focus on young people and transitional safeguarding, times were changing whereby NHS Integrated Care Systems were forming. Seeing the challenges young people encounter and gaps between children and adult healthcare services, Becca and Claire used a course assignment to develop an online poster resource and accompanying presentation ‘Transitional Safeguarding – Bridging the Gap for Care Experienced Young People’. The idea was to present the current challenges as seen through young people’s eyes, supported by information from a published Safeguarding Adult Review. These young people are aged between 16 -24 years and have experienced Local Authority Care. Safeguarding being the golden thread weaving through this presentation, working together and legislation is critically appraised. Championing the importance of bespoke safeguarding roles for young people Becca and Claire designed core recommendations for future practice, including sharing some new initiatives recently launched and those in development. The online poster has hyperlinks to additional resources such as video’s, legislation critique, research papers and young people’s surveys. It is hoped this will become a valuable resource for all health professionals, prompting a cultural change in creating new ways of multi-agency working to bridge the gap for young people, keeping them safe whilst they transition through developmental stages in life.
The presentation will look at why children might game/gamble and the additional vulnerabilities looked after children may face. It will also highlight the blurred lines between gaming and gambling, and the correlation between gambling and other risk-taking behaviours.
A child or young person who has looked after status (whether UK or Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker) has a right to an Independent Visitor. This long-term volunteer maintains a positive relationship over time and offers a safe space to have fun and be appreciated. It also has a safeguarding function as part of a wider framework.
How do we help ‘looked after children’ to release the heavy burden of resentment, without running the risk of invalidating their pain?
In order to meet the NSPCC’s Guidelines for ‘looked after children’, professionals should be utilising tools to ensure that attachment is at the heart of children’s emotional and social development.
The importance of having safe and secure attachments in our early lives can never be underestimated. Providing interventions, that make space and time for exploring and connecting from a secure base, can often make a positive alteration to the nervous system’s automatic response - associated with poor attachment. Repairing broken attachments is one of the core principles of Drawing and Talking, and is at the heart of everything we do. During this talk, we will discuss how Drawing and Talking can help you and your staff support the emotional needs of the children, young people, and adults in your setting.
St Christopher’s Staying Close model (set up as part of the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme in 2018) seeks to avoid the cliff edge faced by young people upon leaving the residential care system aged 18. The model creates safe, permissive environments for young people to maintain appropriate relationships with those caring for them after they leave care in particular focussing upon
We note and welcome from the recent Independent Review of Children’s Social care that Staying Close is recommended to become statutory, however there is insufficient agreement on which of the pilot models work best. Our experience has shown that locality factors and needs of individual young people mean that Staying Close principles require bespoke tailoring in application to be successful. Furthermore altogether too much emphasis is placed both centrally and by local government upon the accommodation post care without empowering the young people and the professionals around them with the skills and insights to enact successful sustainable outcomes. St Christopher’s believes that young people are the experts in their own lives and only through meaningful coproduction can reform of services for care leavers deliver equality of opportunity in line with staying put arrangements for fostered young people and non-care experienced peers. Our presentation will focus upon how by listening to young people we have improved equality of their outcomes leaving care.
The Art of Creative Mentoring – A Child-Centred Approach will explore our Creative Mentoring model and the importance of child-centred and social pedagogical approaches when working with children and young people in vulnerable circumstances.
Through the presentation we will share how the model and ethos has been developed and how creativity can be used as an ‘early help’ tool towards positive wellbeing and emotional resilience for care experiences children and young people.
The We Love MCR Charity’s flagship fund, The Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund, recognises that the right support, at the right time, can make a huge difference when starting out on or progressing a career, self-employment or learning path. We fund ambitious, driven young Mancunians to pursue their ambitions through funding vital equipment, resources, training courses and costs to entering employment (including self-employment)
I was addicted to Legal Highs (A.K.A Spice) and was bouncing between homes. I was unhappy in the semi-independent placement I had been put in so decided to sleep on the sofas of my friends. Eventually the placement ended and my options to sofa surf soon ran out. I then went on to the streets and was homeless. This is my lived experienced story of how I recovered and now am a homeowner.
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