The future of child protection, debated by the former director of public prosecutions, Sir Keir Starmer, and a masterclass on how to implement a neglect toolkit are just two of the sessions on the agenda for this year’s Community Care Live Children and Families conference.
The programme for the event, which will take place on Thursday 20 November at the Business Design Centre in Islington, has now been announced.
This year’s line-up features more sessions on local authority innovation, including Cambridgeshire County Council’s record-breaking Ofsted success, and masterclasses on social work case law and policy.
The key themes of the programme include promoting service user and family engagement, adoption and fostering issues and the future of child protection.
Sharon Shoesmith, the former director of Haringey children’s services, and professor of social work, Ray Jones, will also be among those speaking at this year’s event on the issues of blame and accountability that have dogged the profession following the Baby P case.
The event is free for all social workers registered with the HCPC or other equivalent UK registration body.
This year, free of charge entry has also been extended to local authority commissioners and procurement officers, workforce development leads or managers, youth offending teams, police, and probation officers, when they register using their professional email address.