Westminster Education Forum

Children in care - raising standards, improving support for care leavers and the future for adoption

Morning, Tuesday, 13th June 2017

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


In light of the passing of the Children and Social Work Act - including changes to the adoption process and provisions to improve support for care leavers - this seminar will bring together key stakeholders from across the education and health sectors, as well as local government, to consider the implementation and impact of government reforms to the care of looked after children.

This seminar will present an opportunity for delegates to consider steps to improve children’s residential care, following the government response to Sir Martin Narey’s Review of Children’s Residential Care, which included a commitment to establishing a Residential Care Leadership Board and a specific funding scheme to support innovation in children’s residential care. Attendees will also discuss the implementation of Ofsted’s social care common inspection framework from April 2017 and what more can be done to improve the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children, following the conclusion of the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into the Mental Health and wellbeing of looked after children.

Those in attendance will also assess the implications of the regionalisation of England’s adoption system, outlined in Adoption: A Vision for Change, and recently introduced measures to promote adoption by recognising the rights of prospective adopters in court proceedings. We also expect discussion on the findings of the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into the future of fostering.

Further sessions will consider the implementation of changes to support for care leavers, including a requirement for local authorities to publish a ‘local offer’ for care leavers and provide a personal adviser for care leavers until the age of 25, alongside the Government’s announcement that it will pilot the ‘Staying Close’ scheme for children leaving residential care.

Guests of Honour

Matthew Brazier HMI

National Lead for Looked After Children, Ofsted

Simon Armitage

Committee Assistant, Education Select Committee

Guests of Honour

Matthew Brazier HMI

National Lead for Looked After Children, Ofsted

Simon Armitage

Committee Assistant, Education Select Committee


Earl of Listowel

Richard Morris

Assistant Director, Cafcass


Jack Currie

Dr Felicity Dunworth

Director, Kent and Medway Progression Federation and Regional Representative, South East, National Network for the Education of Care Leavers

Jasmine Ali

Senior Policy and Research Advisor, TACT and Co-Chair, Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers

Fatima Kissi Traore

Joanne Kavanagh

Leaving Care Manager, Medway Council

Dr Lisa Thorne

Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead, CAMHS Children in Care Team, Devon Integrated Children’s Services

Frances Flaxington

Strategic Director, Catch22

Jon Fayle

Vice Chair, National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers

Jonathan Stanley

Chief Executive Officer, Independent Children's Homes Association

Dr Carol Homden

Chief Executive, Coram and Member, National Adoption Recruitment Forum & Adoption Leadership Board

Val Naylor

Executive Headteacher, Newham Virtual School for Looked After Children, London Borough of Newham

Cathy Jermey

Lead Nurse for Children in Care and Care Leavers, Devon Integrated Children’s Services

Naomi Angell

Consultant, Osbornes Solicitors