Relationship-based Practice in Scotland’s Children’s Services
Understanding relationships, trauma and attachment in the context of Scotland’s children services.
Reliable, nurturing and kind relationships are fundamental to a child’s positive development and wellbeing.
For children who have experienced trauma or neglect, developing and sustaining positive relationships with other young people, adults, and service professionals can provide the support system necessary for a better life.
What kind of relationships matter to children in care and in children’s services? How can we best make these relationships at the heart of service delivery? What can we learn from successful initiatives to make a positive difference?
Join this Holyrood event to learn from leading professionals and practitioners in children’s services across Scotland. Examine good practice from new and successful programmes across a range of sectors, and learn what steps your organisation can take to embed a relationship-based culture and approach.
Key Issues to be Addressed:
- How can we learn from leading academics and professionals in relationship-based practice, trauma and attachment
- The opportunities for peer-to-peer learning from successful programmes across a range of sectors
- Developing an organisational approach to relationship-based practice
09:15 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Introduction from the Chair
Norma Corlette, CEO, Staf
Norma will co-chair this event with Michelle Rice, Care Experienced Young Person’s Assistant of the Dundee Champions Board.
Session 1: Understanding relationships and relationship-based practice
What do we know about relationships and children’s development? What challenges do children face when entering into the care system and children’s services? How can we make it safe for children and young people to speak about relationships, trauma and attachment?
10:10 What do we mean by "relationship-based practice"?
Mary Glasgow, Director of Children and Family Services and External Affairs, Children 1st
10:40 Overcoming adversity through the creation and strengthening of developmental relationships
- Developmental relationships as the key ingredient for effective interventions
- The effects of adverse childhood experiences
- Key messages for policy and practice
Judy Furnivall, Consultancy Lead, CELCIS
11:10 Questions and Discussion
11:30 Networking and Refreshments
Session 2: Nurturing relationships during early years
How can we foster supportive relationships between children, their families, and professional services during early years? How can we better understand trauma during early years and design services to support children with traumatic experiences? What are some examples of good practice in early years development across different sectors, from health to education?
11:50 Nurturing Relationships During the Early Years
- The significance of relationship-based practice in early years care and education
- The connection between attachment and play
- Why Scotland needs a change in educational ethos for under sevens
Sue Palmer, Chair, Upstart Scotland
12:15 Kitbag: A Well-being Tool for Young People and Families
- What is the kitbag
- How it is used
Joanie Robins, Kitbag Coordinator, International Futures Forum
12:35 Questions and Open Floor Discussion
13:00 Lunch and Networking
Session 3: Organisational approaches to relationship-based practice
What factors feed in to an organisational culture and approach to relationship-based practice? How can we better design services and service delivery, and equip staff with the skills necessary to be confident in their professional work with children?
13:45 Learning to relate - what European social pedagogy can tell us
- Why we need to support workforce development about relationships
- Why relationships are vital to good practice and to good outcomes
- How social pedagogy can contribute
Marion Macleod, Policy Manager, Children in Scotland
14:05 Continuing Care Through Lifelong Connections
- The innovative approach adopted by Care Visions, Why Not? to support care experienced young people in their transition to adulthood
- The evidence and policy context
- The policy, process and practice of relational care in this context
- What we have learned in the development of this approach
Danny Henderson, Senior Manager, Operations (Residential), Care Visions & Nicki McLaughlin, Service Manager, Care Visions
14:25 Care or Custody? Reflections on Messages from Young People
- Key messages and call for action from one year programme of engagement
- Young people's accounts
Alison Gough, Secure Care National Advisor, CYCJ
14:45 Questions and Discussion
15:15 Closing remarks from Chair
15:30 Close of event
*Agenda is subject to change without notice.