Recruiting foster carers: tackling delay #fost12
11 Dec 2012
Broadcast from London

Headline Speakers

In September the Government launched a consultation process (to report in spring 2013) setting out a package of changes, including “fostering to adopt”,  to make the fostering process clearer, more proportionate and responsive to needs.

This one day event broadcast is timed to coincide with the conclusion of the Government’s consultation process: Adoption and fostering: tackling delay.  It will address the key issues that face recruiters and foster carers in the current climate and will provide attendees with an opportunity to explore the best methods to successfully recruit, retain and achieve permanency.

             

Programme
09:45
Katie Wright, Ambassador, PACT
Welcome and introduction

09:55
Robert Tapsfield, Chief Executive, The Fostering Network
Recruiting and retaining a quality workforce

10:15
Professor Judy Sebba, Director Rees Centre for Research on Fostering and Education, University of Oxford Department of Education
Why do people become foster carers?

10:35
Panel discussion: session 1
11:00
Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (children and families)
Ministerial address

11:30
Break
12:00
Harvey Gallagher, Chief Executive, Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers
How can there be a shortage of carers and vacancies at the same time? Making better use of what we've got

12:15
Satwinder Sandhu, Director of Adoption & Fostering, Parents And Children Together
Dual approval: a unique way of fostering with a view to adoption

12:30
Sam Smethers, Chief Executive Officer, Grandparents Plus
Kinship care: a fostering alternative

12:45
Panel discussion: session 2
13:15
Break
14:15
Keith Gorman, Director, Diverse Care
Professional foster parents: strategic thoughts on promoting success

14:30
Peter Watt, Foster carer and Director of Child Protection Advice and Awareness, NSPCC
A foster carer’s perspective

14:45
Luke Rodgers
A young person’s contribution

15:00
Panel discussion
15:15
Break
15:40
Seminar sessions:
One of the following seminars will be shown live

15:40
Independent providers
Keith Gorman, Director, Diverse Care

15:40
Local authority
Sue Lowndes, Head of Fostering, Suffolk County Council

15:40
Providing quality fostering and adoption outcomes for BME children
Savita De Sousa, Policy Consultant – Private Fostering and Black Minority Ethnic Issues, BAAF

16:30
End of broadcast