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#KeepThePromise: Transformational Change for Care-Experienced Children and Young People

The Independent Care Review is a 'radical blueprint' to improve the lives of care-experienced children and young people. This event examines the current rules, the proposed changes to the care system, and goes on to explore the next stage of the journey – 'The Plan' that will implement these changes. In doing so, we ask how these reforms will impact children and young people, families, and the professionals that support them.  

The Context

We will keep listening to and working with care experienced people because the case for transformational change is now unarguable and their voice must shape that change

- Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, Scottish Government

The Independent Care Review was released on 5 February 2020. It seeks to provide the what, how, why, and when of what needs to happen to improve the lives of care-experienced children and young people.

One key theme is ‘people’. How people with care experience can be supported to develop positive relationships with people in the workforce, and how professionals can take a trauma-informed approach in their decision-making and care.

But with the next stage to shift from The Promise to The Plan, do we have a clear understanding of how this transformational change will happen? How will the workforce be supported to improve the lives of people with care experience? And what impact will reforms have on education professionals, health workers, and people in the justice sector?

Join us on 30 April as we examine the next steps for improving the lives of care-experienced children and young people, and explore how this will impact your work and organization.

Key Issues We'll Discuss

  • Examining The Rules: current legislative framework and need for change
  • The challenge of navigating complex and often contradictory rules that impact care-experienced children and young people 
  • The patchy adherence to current rules means Scotland’s ‘care system’ does not universally uphold the rights of children
  • Examing the Promise to care-exerpienced children and young people
  • Promoting a culture shift in how we understand the workforce
  • Multi-disciplinary workforce training
  • Identifying gaps in the training of the workforce in related sectors (such as education, justice, and health) 
  • Engaging and supporting people who require a heightened awareness of the developmental needs of care-experienced children (including education professionals, health workers, and people in the justice sector) 
  • Taking a user-centred approach to The Plan and placing the voice of care-experienced people at the heart of systems that impact them
  • Implementing a fundamental shift in how decisions are made about children and families
  • The need for urgent action, the pace of change, and the Scottish Government's next steps

Confirmed Speakers

  • Jo Derrick, CEO, Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF)

Agenda

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome from the Chair

Session 1: The Rules

  • Current legislative framework and the need for change
  • The challenge of navigating complex and often contradictory rules that impact care-experienced children and young people 
  • The patchy adherence to current rules means Scotland’s ‘care system’ does not universally uphold the rights of children

10:00 Keynote Address

Senior Policymaker 

10:15 Questions and Discussion

10:30 Senior Speaker, Local Authority

10:50 Senior Speaker, Education

11:10 Questions and Discussion 

11:20 Refreshments and Networking 

Session 2: The Promise

  • Examing the Promise to care-exerpienced children and young people
  • Key theme: 'People'
  • Promoting a culture shift in how we understand the workforce and support the development of positive relationships 

11:40 Senior Speaker, Independent Care Review

12:00 Jo Derrick, CEO, Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF)

12:20 Questions and Discussion

12:30 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: The Plan

  • Taking a user-centred approach to The Plan and placing the voice of care-experienced people at the heart of systems that impact them
  • Implementing a fundamental shift in how decisions are made about children and families
  • The need for urgent action, the pace of change, and the Scottish Government's next steps

13:15 Interactive Discussions 

Delegates will be divided into small groups to discuss what can be learned from the morning presentations for your own work and organisation. This is an opportunity to begin to think about the implementation of the proposed changes to the 'care system', the associated challenges, and how these might be overcome. 

13:45 Senior Speaker, Justice Sector

14:05 Senior Speaker, Education Sector

14:25 Senior Speaker, Health Sector

14:45 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair's Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event 

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice. 

Get In Touch

Book now or  or call Craig on 01312851688

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speakers. 


Rates

Reduced Rate
1 place: £145+VAT
Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place: £245+ VAT | 2+ places: £195+ VAT per place
Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place
Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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Date
30 Apr 2020
Venue
Central Edinburgh
Cost
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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