- examine the strengths and challenges of kinship care
- discuss how the contribution of grandparents and the wider family can be better recognised
- explore how wider family placements should be assessed
- discover how local authorities can work in partnership with kinship carers to provide cost-effective solutions
Jean Stogdon, Co-Chair, Grandparents Plus - Introduction and welcome;
Sir Martin Narey, Government Advisor on Children's Social Care Adoption reform and what that means for kinship care;
Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Grandparents Plus - What are the major challenges facing kinship carers and social workers? What should the response be?;
Elaine Arnold, Director, Separation and Reunion Forum - Who are we? How important is identity to us? What does it mean for children?;
Above speakers plus Helen Jones, Children in Care Division, Department for Education - Panel discussion.
Nigel Richardson, Director Childrenís Services, Leeds City Council - Case study: the approach in Leeds;
Meg Boustead, Head of Safeguarding, Sunderland City Council;
Sue Robson, Kinship Carer, More Than Grandparents Group - Case study: the approach in Sunderland;
Phillip McGill, Child Psychotherapist, Fostering, Adoption and Kinship Care Team, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust - CAMHS and kinshp - perspectives from a specialist CAMHS team;
Professor Jean McFadden, Professor of Social Work, Grand Valley State University, Michigan - Grandparents raising grandchildren in the USA:
Professor Elaine Farmer, Professor of Child and Family Studies, University of Bristol - Outcomes for children in kinship care: what does research tell us?;
Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Children's Minister - What is Labour's vision for children on the edge of care;
Nigel Priestley,Senior Partner, Ridley and Hall Solicitors - What role for the courts in all this?;
Panel discussion: Why kinship matters - why it can be the solution.
Jo Raine, Advice Service Manager, Grandparents Plus
Andrew Brown, Mentor UK;
Nigel Priestley, Senior Solicitor, Ridley and Hall Solicitors.