Supporting Young People Leaving Care
06 Jul 2010
Ensuring transitions into adulthood and independence. Annual Forum. Held at The Bloomsbury Hotel, London

This forum provided the opportunity to hear from leading experts in the field to understand and discuss current revisions, build on current achievements and share best practice with other senior representatives from the social care sector.

Christine Davies CBE, Director, C4EO
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

Andrew Sargent, Deputy Director, Children in Care and Adoption Division, Department for Education
Opening address

Dr. Mike Lindsay, Head of Advice, Office of the Children's Rights Director
Care and prejudice: a review of recent findings

Panel session: Increasing consistency: effective partnership working across professional and geographical boundaries
David Holmes, Chief Executive, BAAF Member, National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Mike Stein, Research Professor, in Social Policy Research Unit, University of York; member, DCSF Research Liaison Group and co-ordinator, International Research Network on the Transitions to Adulthood for Young People Leaving Public Care (INTRAC)
Pathways to adulthood: the challenges of corporate parenting

Hassan Seddougui, Liaison Manager, St Basils
Successful transition to independent accommodation

Wendy Green, National Manager, National Care Advisory Service
Ensuring employability and raising aspirations: The Care2Work Initiative

Steve Bond, Service Manager for Looked After Children Services, Leicester City Council
Ensuring employability and raising aspirations: Perspectives from a Beacon Authority

Questions and discussion: Session 2
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
John Goldup, Director Development: Social Care, Ofsted
Overcoming barriers to ensure positive outcomes

David Bartlett, Deputy Chief Executive, Fatherhood Institute
Supporting care leavers who become fathers

Emily Munro, Research Fellow, Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University
Ensuring children leave care when ready and prepared Update on Right2BCared4 and the Staying Put pilots

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Seminar 1: Finance matters: practical workshop on claims, benefits and moving on and off benefits
Mandy Smith, Lead for Vulnerable Children, Government Office of West Midlands Linda Briheim Crookall, Policy Manager, National Care Advisory Service

Seminar 2: Increasing skills and support for care leavers: Employment, Education and Training
Steve Bond, Service Manger for Looked After Children Services, Leicester City Council Antony Mains, Project Manager, Leicester City Council

Seminar 3: Preventing social exclusion: care planning placement and case review for out of area placements
Stuart Lorkin, Children in Care Division, Department for Education Michael Kelly, Principal Manager, Social Work, Salford City Council