Westminster Education Forum

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

Tuesday, 13th June 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



Timed to follow the expected completion of the Children and Social Work Bill’s passage through Parliament, 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 announcement of pilots to assess the mental health of children entering care in spring 2017 and 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

Graham Ritchie

Principal Policy Advisor, Office of the Children’s Commissioner

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

Graham Ritchie

Principal Policy Advisor, Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Chairs

Earl of Listowel

Vice-Chair, All‐Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Emma Lewell-Buck MP

Shadow Minister for Children and Families

Speakers

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

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