Community Care Live Draft Programme

Community Care Live draft programme

This page provides an outline of the sessions that will feature in the 2 day programme. Dates and timings will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Please note that registration gives you access to all sessions, which are available on a first come first served basis. Community Care Live Manchester 2017 is free to attend for all registered social workers and local authorities.

Full programme

Children and families sessions

Protecting children and young people online

  • The risks posed by social media, online gaming and the web, including grooming and radicalisation
  • The specific online risks faced by looked-after children and those with special needs
  • Realistic strategies for safeguarding children and young people online
  • Empowering children, young people and families to manage online threats

Speaker: Joanna Buckard, director, Red Balloon Training & Consultancy
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Breaking the cycle: Identifying and preventing FGM and supporting victims

  • The different forms of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the legal context
  • Identifying children and young people at risk of FGM
  • Working with children and families to break the FGM cycle
  • Working with other professionals and services to safeguarding against FGM

Speaker: Hoda Ali
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Supporting children and families during adoption breakdown

It is estimated that between 3% and 10% of adoptions will break down at some point before a child reaches adulthood. This session will cover:

  • What is meant by adoption breakdown or disruption?
  • What support can be put in place to prevent an adoption from breaking down
  • How to support a child to maintain a relationship with their family following disruption
  • How to plan for a successful long-term solution following disruption

Speaker: Jennifer Jones, trainer and consultant, Inspired Foundations and member of the Department for Education’s Expert Advisory Group for Adoption Support
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Understanding and trusting your intuition: New lessons for social workers from psychological research

Drawing upon new research into the psychology of decision making by social workers, this session will explore:

  • The role of intuition in frontline social work practice
  • The way social workers’ intuition develops with experience and how to spot the key differences between experienced and novice practitioners
  • When to trust your intuition
  • How managers can support intuitive expertise rather than just seeking to reduce errors

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Whittaker, senior lecturer in social work, London South Bank University
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Achieving early permanence through Fostering for Adoption

Fostering for Adoption reduces the risk of additional moves within the care system and minimises delay in achieving security for children. But while the use of Fostering for Adoption is increasing there are still challenges to be navigated to ensure this route works well for all involved. This session will cover:

  • Who are the children most likely to benefit from Fostering for Adoption?
  • What systems do local authorities need to put in place to ensure Fostering for Adoption is integrated into care planning?
  • How to manage challenges from courts and other professionals
  • Preparing, assessing and supporting carers to manage issues such as contact and challenges to the care plan during the placement while providing security for the child
  • What needs to happen once a placement order is made to ensure a successful adoption?

Speaker: Elaine Dibben, adoption development consultant, CoramBAAF
Speaker: Viv Howorth, associate trainer, CoramBAAF
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Legal masterclass

Deprivation of liberty: The latest developments in case law

  • Get up to speed on the latest case law relating to the deprivation of liberty
  • What the latest court rulings mean for social work practice
  • The key messages from cases, including the Staffordshire County Council v SRK ruling on deprivation of liberty and private care packages

Speaker: Mathieu Culverhouse, associate solicitor, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
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The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or timings should circumstances require.

Adults’ sessions

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in adults: A hidden disability

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong intellectual disability caused by prenatal alcohol consumption that is often overlooked in adult social care. In this session you will find out:

  • How common FASD is in adults and what vulnerabilities arise from it
  • How to recognise FASD in adults and who is being missed
  • What support adults with FASD need and what happens when support is inadequate
  • What are the safeguarding issues?

Speaker: Joanna Buckard, director, Red Balloon Training & Consultancy
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Panel debate: Working better with GPs

Details to be confirmed
Speaker: Robin Miller, senior fellow, Health Service Management Centre
Speaker: Charlotte Ramsden, strategic director for children and adult services, Salford City Council
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Defensible and effective Section 42 enquiries

The Care Act requires local authorities to make enquiries to establish if action is needed to prevent abuse, harm, neglect or self-neglect of adults with care and support needs who cannot protect themselves.

  • Starting and defining the scope of a Section 42 adult safeguarding enquiry
  • Working with the police
  • Handling issues around information sharing and consent
  • Making defensible decisions

Speaker: Deborah Barnett, T-ASC (Training, Advice, Solutions and Consulting)
Speaker: Eric Malkin, adult protection manager, Durham County Council, and former detective inspector, Durham Constabulary
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Addressing self-neglect and hoarding

Safeguarding those who self-neglect is a balance of ethical dilemmas: When to deliver care and support? When to impose things? When to respect the person’s views? How to be fair, moral and equitable? This session will help practitioners understand how to balance these dilemmas.

  • Self-neglect and hoarding under the Care Act
  • Identifying defensible and proportionate interventions
  • Listening to and respecting the views of adults who self-neglect or hoard
  • Top tips for working with adults who self-neglect or hoard
  • Speaker: Deborah Barnett, T-ASC (Training, Advice, Solutions and Consulting)
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Legal masterclass

Deprivation of liberty: The latest developments in case law

  • Get up to speed on the latest case law relating to the deprivation of liberty
  • What the latest court rulings mean for social work practice
  • The key messages from cases, including the Staffordshire County Council v SRK ruling on deprivation of liberty and private care packages

Speaker: Mathieu Culverhouse, associate solicitor, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
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Understanding and trusting your intuition: New lessons for social workers from psychological research

Drawing upon new research into the psychology of decision making by social workers, this session will explore:

  • The role of intuition in frontline social work practice
  • The way social workers’ intuition develops with experience and how to spot the key differences between experienced and novice practitioners
  • When to trust your intuition
  • How managers can support intuitive expertise rather than just seeking to reduce errors

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Whittaker, senior lecturer in social work, London South Bank University
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Domestic violence within older couples

Details to be confirmed
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Legal masterclass

The Care Act: Legal update

  • The case law on the Care Act so far and what it means for social workers
  • The Care Act and ordinary residence
  • The implications of SG v Haringey
  • What aspects of the Care Act are yet to be tested in court?

Speaker: Arianna Kelly, barrister, Kings Chambers
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Preparing for and attending the Court of Protection

Details to be confirmed
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Using attachment theory to enhance your interviews: Lessons from the Adult Attachment Interview

The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) is the gold-standard tool for assessing attachment strategies in adults but using it is beyond the scope of most social work roles. This session will use the lessons from AAI to enhance the way you ask questions to your clients about attachment relationships and the way you listen to patterns of speech. It will include:

  • A recap of the main principles of attachment theory
  • An introduction to the Adult Attachment Interview
  • Transcripts and audio clips of adults’ speech that indicate the use of secure and insecure attachment strategies

Speaker: Lydia Guthrie, co-director, Change Point
Speaker: Clark Baim, co-director, Change Point
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Effective social work in integrated services

  • How to effectively challenge and ensure the social model is in the heart of integrated provision?
  • How can we better support colleagues to understand social work?
  • Risk enablement and empowerment
  • Social work through a human rights-led approach

Speaker: Rob Mitchell, co-chair, Adult Principal Social Worker National Network
Speaker: Mike Harvey, co-chair, Adult Principal Social Worker National Network
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The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or timings should circumstances require.

Management sessions:

Legal masterclass

Deprivation of liberty: The latest developments in case law

  • Get up to speed on the latest case law relating to the deprivation of liberty
  • What the latest court rulings mean for social work practice
  • The key messages from cases, including the Staffordshire County Council v SRK ruling on deprivation of liberty and private care packages

Speaker: Mathieu Culverhouse, associate solicitor, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
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Understanding and trusting your intuition: New lessons for social workers from psychological research

Drawing upon new research into the psychology of decision making by social workers, this session will explore:

  • The role of intuition in frontline social work practice
  • The way social workers’ intuition develops with experience and how to spot the key differences between experienced and novice practitioners
  • When to trust your intuition
  • How managers can support intuitive expertise rather than just seeking to reduce errors

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Whittaker, senior lecturer in social work, London South Bank University
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Managing poor performance in social work teams

  • Defining poor performance
  • Identifying the organisational and individual factors behind poor performance
  • Strategies for improving social workers’ performance
  • Creating a collective and open management approach

Speaker: Hugh Constant, practice development manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
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Legal masterclass

The Care Act: Legal update

  • The case law on the Care Act so far and what it means for social workers
  • The Care Act and ordinary residence
  • The implications of SG v Haringey
  • What aspects of the Care Act are yet to be tested in court?

Speaker: Arianna Kelly, barrister, Kings Chambers
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Panel debate: Working better with GPs

Details to be confirmed
Speaker: Robin Miller, senior fellow, Health Service Management Centre
Speaker: Charlotte Ramsden, strategic director for children and adult services, Salford City Council
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Effective social work in integrated services

  • How to effectively challenge and ensure the social model is in the heart of integrated provision?
  • How can we better support colleagues to understand social work?
  • Risk enablement and empowerment
  • Social work through a human rights-led approach

Speaker: Rob Mitchell, co-chair, Adult Principal Social Worker National Network
Speaker: Mike Harvey, co-chair, Adult Principal Social Worker National Network
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The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or timings should circumstances require.

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