Community Care Live programme (Manchester 2017)

Community Care Live Manchester 2017

This page provides an outline of the sessions that will feature in the 2 day programme. 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.

Day 1

09:00 Registration and exhibition
09:45 – 11:00Producing section 7 and 37 reports for court

Room: Charter 3

11:00Break
12:45Lunch
15:30 – 16:45Protecting children and young people online

Room: Charter 4

16:45Exhibition
17:30Close of day one
 

Day 2

  • Children and families’ services
  • Adults’ services
  • Management
09:00Registration and exhibition
09:45 – 11:00Legal masterclass: The Care Act: Legal Update

Room: Charter 1

11:00Break
11:30 – 12:45Effective social work in integrated services

Room: Charter 2

11:30 – 12:45Addressing self-neglect and hoarding

Room: Charter 3

12:45Lunch and exhibition
14:00 – 15:15Defensible and effective Section 42 enquiries

Room: Charter 1

17:00Exhibition
17:30Close of day two
09:00Registration and exhibition
09:45 – 11:00Legal masterclass: The Care Act: Legal update

Room: Charter 1

11:00Break
11:30 – 12:45Effective social work in integrated services

Room: Charter 2

12:30Lunch and exhibition
14:00 – 15:15Shake Up Your Supervision

Room: Charter 4

16:30Exhibition
17:30Close of day two

Full programme

Children and families’ services

Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Supporting children and families during adoption breakdown

Room: Charter 4

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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Legal masterclass

Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Producing section 7 and 37 reports for court

Room: Charter 3

In private family law cases where the court has concerns about children’s welfare, judges may ask local authority social workers to prepare section 7 or section 37 reports.
  • What courts expect to see in section 7 and section 37 reports
  • How to prepare and present these reports, and defend them in court
  • How conducting investigations in a private law context differs from public law child protection enquiries
  • The role of the children’s guardian in section 7 and 37 reports

Speaker: Sandie Hayes, assistant director, Cafcass

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Day One 11:30-12:45 Breaking the cycle: Identifying and preventing FGM and supporting victims

Room: Charter 1

  • 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, nurse and FGM safeguarding trainer, North West London NHS Trust, and trustee, 28toomany

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Day One 11:30-12:45 Working therapeutically with traumatised children

Room: Charter 2

Understanding therapeutic models and how best to apply them are vital when trying to help traumatised children recover and fulfil their potential. This talk will examine:
  • What neuroscience tells us about the behaviour of traumatised children
  • Three different therapeutic models compared:
    • Therapeutic life story work
    • Applied behaviour analysis
    • Non-directed play therapy
  • Putting therapeutic models into practice
  • Identifying the right therapeutic model to use

Speaker: Michelle Cuffe, managing director, Excel Fostering

Speaker: Felicity Lacey, director of operations, Excel Fostering

Speaker: Debs Lloyd, manager of therapeutic services, Excel Fostering

Sponsored by: excel logo

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Legal masterclass

Day One 14:00-15:15 Securing better special guardianship orders in court

Room: Charter 3

While the use of special guardianship orders has grown rapidly, social workers often do not have enough time to carry out thorough assessments ahead of applying for orders. This Legal Masterclass will provide insights on how to deal with the challenges involved in asking courts to make special guardianship orders (SGOs).
  • What are the consequences in court proceedings of delays in carrying out assessments of SGO placements?
  • Are SGOs a realistic permanence option for all looked-after children?
  • Should placements be tested prior to the final SGO order?
  • The role of supervision orders in SGO placements
  • How to deal with the challenges and barriers of carrying out SGO assessments within the 26-week time limit

Speaker: Shefali Shah, solicitor, director of Kingsley Knight Training and author of Key Changes to Family Justice

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Day One 14:00-15:15 Understanding and trusting your intuition: New lessons for social workers from psychological research

Room: Charter 2

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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Day One 14:00-15:15 Achieving early permanence through Fostering for Adoption

Room: Charter 4

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.
  • 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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Day One 15:30-16:45 Protecting children and young people online

Room: Charter 4

  • 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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Day One 15:30-16:45 What serious case reviews reveal about working with the ‘toxic trio’

Room: Charter 1

  • Making meaningful assessments and interventions in cases involving parental mental ill health, substance misuse and/or domestic abuse
  • Practical steps for exploring and better understanding the level of risk
  • What lies beneath the practice failings identified by serious case reviews?

Speaker: Perdeep Gill, social care and safeguarding consultant

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The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or timings should circumstances require.

Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Effective direct work with children, in the time that you have

Room: Charter 4

Time constraints are a major challenge for social workers. This session will give social workers practical advice on how to do good direct work with children within the limitations of the time they have available for direct work – whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour.

Speaker: Joanna Nicolas, child protection consultant and trainer

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Legal masterclass

Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Confidence in court: Practical skills for coping with cross-examination

Room: Charter 3

As a social worker, you might have to justify your decisions and professional judgments in care proceedings and face cross-examination from families’ counsel as well as questioning from judges. This practical, informative session will analyse the common challenges that social workers face in these situations and arm you with the essential skills you need to stand up to scrutiny in the court room.

Speaker: Shefali Shah, Kingsley Knight Training and author of Key Changes to Family Justice

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Day Two 11:30-12:45 Drug testing: A guide for children and families social workers

Room: Charter 4

When working with families where parental substance misuse is an issue, drug testing can be a simple and useful tool but there are pitfalls social workers need to be aware of. In this talk Cansford Laboratories explain how best to use drug tests and the role they can play in child protection cases.
  • The different forms of drug testing available, including hair-strand tests
  • How to choose the right test and what to expect from the results
  • The importance of the chain of custody and what can go wrong
  • How to apply the results of drug tests to your work with families
  • The limitations of drug testing
The talk will use several real-life case studies to highlight the issues and techniques covered.

Speaker: John Wicks, managing director, Cansford Laboratories

Sponsored by: cansford logo

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Legal masterclass

Day Two 11:30-12:45 Care arrangements and permanence: Demystifying what the government and courts expect

Room: Charter 1

This session will help social workers understand the seemingly contradictory expectations of government and the courts on care arrangements and permanence options.
  • What does legislation, statutory guidance and the relevant court rulings say about section 20, section 31, adoption, special guardianship orders and kinship care?
  • The apparent contradictions between government guidance and the courts
  • Busting the myths around what is expected
  • Understanding where social workers should be looking to provide permanence for children

Speaker: Joanna Nicolas, child protection consultant and trainer

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Day Two 14:00 – 15:15 Working better with other agencies on child protection

Room: Charter 2

Serious case reviews often find that professionals have not worked well together. This session will explore how to improve working together and by doing so improve safeguarding.
  • What does good working together look like?
  • Understanding the responsibilities of and pressures on other professionals and agencies
  • How can all professionals work more effectively together?
  • Overcoming the challenges to working together, including financial and demand pressures

Speaker: Joanna Nicolas, child protection consultant and trainer

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Day Two 14:00 – 15:15 Shake Up Your Supervision

Room: Charter 4

Supervision is important for effective social work, but research suggests many children and family social workers do not receive high-quality supervision. This presentation will cover:
  • What is good supervision?
  • The current state of supervision
  • Going beyond a managerial approach to supervision
  • Overcoming the barriers to quality supervision
  • Top tips on delivering supervision that improves practice

Speaker: Dr. David Wilkins, senior research fellow, Tilda Goldberg Centre

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Day Two 14:00 – 15:15 Using attachment theory to enhance your interviews: Lessons from the Adult Attachment Interview

Room: Charter 3

The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) is the gold-standard tool for assessing attachment strategies in adults, including in parenting capacity assessments, 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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Day Two 15:30 – 16:45 Breaking the silence: Helping children to speak out about abuse

Room: Charter 1

Seriously traumatised children often do not speak out about the abuse they are suffering. In this session Victoria Spry draws on her own experience of abuse to examine why children do not speak up and how social workers can help them to break their silence.
  • How children suffering abuse feel and think
  • Why children do not speak out and/or protect their abusers
  • Common pitfalls for social workers when working with abusive families
  • Techniques to help and support children to open up about their abuse

Speaker: Victoria Spry, safeguarding training consultant and author of Tortured

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Legal masterclass

Day Two 15:30-16:45 Adoption Breakdown: Are we responding correctly?

Room: Charter 4

In this session adoption solicitor Nigel Priestley will explore the lessons case law has for how social workers address adoption breakdowns and ask how they can respond better.
  • Is the current care proceedings regime fit for purpose?
  • Are section 20 arrangements the appropriate response to adoption breakdown?
  • What duty do services have to support adoptive families and are they meeting that duty?
  • Drafting support plans and assessments
  • What to do about siblings when only one child is the issue

Speaker: Nigel Priestley, senior partner, Ridley and Hall Solicitors, and trustee, Family Rights Group

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Adults’ Services

Panel debate

Day One 09:45-11:00 Working better with GPs

Room: Charter 2

Good relations between GPs and social workers is important but research suggests they do not work as well together as they could and misunderstandings about each profession’s role are widespread. This panel debate will look at:
  • What stops strong working relationships between GPs and social workers?
  • What do GPs not understand about social workers and vice-versa?
  • What can social workers do to improve co-working with GPs?
  • How can managers and organisations develop closer ties between social work and general practice?

Panellists:

Judy Cooper, editor, Community Care (chair)

Robin Miller, senior fellow, Health Service Management Centre

Dr. Chris Mimnagh, GP, Wingate Medical Centre

Charlotte Ramsden, strategic director for children and adult services, Salford City Council

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Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Next level care planning: Using conversations to make plans work better for adults

Room: Charter 1

Traditional care plans for adults often end up as checklists that are ill-suited to meet the needs of individuals. In this session social care consultancy Partners for Change will explain how taking a fresh approach to assessments and care plans can make care work better for adults.
  • What the Care Act says about care planning
  • Moving beyond the traditional ‘assessment for services’ approach
  • How great conversations make for better care plans
  • Overcoming the barriers to better assessments and plans
  • Case studies to include West Berkshire Council and Essex County Council

Speaker: Matt Scholes, Partners for Change

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Day One 11:30-12:45 Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in adults: A hidden disability

Room: Charter 3

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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Legal masterclass

Day One 14:00 – 15:15 Deprivation of liberty: The latest developments in case law

Room: Charter 1

  • 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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Day One 14:00-15:15 Understanding and trusting your intuition: New lessons for social workers from psychological research

Room: Charter 2

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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Legal masterclass

Day One 15:30-16:45 Preparing for and attending the Court of Protection

Room: Charter 3

The Court of Protection’s main purpose is to decide whether adults have the mental capacity to take decisions and, if they don’t, decide what may be done in their best interests. Since the court oversees deprivation of liberty, most adults’ social workers will work with the court at some point. This session will cover:
  • An introduction to the Court of Protection and its role
  • How to prepare oral and written evidence for the court, including case records and statements
  • What Court of Protection judges want to see from social workers
  • What to expect when attending a Court of Protection hearing

Speaker: Sam Karim QC, Kings Chambers

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Panel debate

Day One 15:30-16:45 Developing a sustainable domiciliary care market

Room: Charter 2

The Care Act placed a duty on local authorities to foster a sustainable market for adult care services in their area. In this debate, our panellists will examine the state of the domiciliary care market, the threats to sustainability and how local authority social care services and commissioners can develop domiciliary care.

Panellists

Mithran Samuel, head of content adults, Community Care (chair)

Colin Angel, policy and campaigns director, UK Homecare Association (UKHCA)

Professor John Bolton, visiting professor, Institute of Public Care

Jill Colbert, corporate director of children, families and wellbeing, Trafford Council

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Legal masterclass

Day Two 09:45-11:00 The Care Act: Legal update

Room: Charter 1

  • 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

Day Two 09:45-11:00 Debate: What can assistive technology do for adult social care?

Room: Charter 2

In this debate, our panel will discuss the potential, the challenges and the pitfalls of using assistive technology in adult social care, including:
  • How can assistive technology enhance the quality of care?
  • The implications assistive technology has for how social care teams work
  • The risks of using assistive technology in social care

Panellists

Judy Cooper, editor, Community Care (chair)

Celia Price, director, Just Checking

Helen Sunderland, national social care lead, EY

Sue Wilson, head of commissioning and quality, Leicestershire County Council

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Day Two 11:30-12:45 Effective social work in integrated services

Room: Charter 2

  • 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: Mark Harvey, co-chair, Adult Principal Social Worker National Network

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Day Two 11:30-12:45 Addressing self-neglect and hoarding~

Room: Charter 3

Safeguarding those who self-neglect involved a number 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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Day Two 14:00-15:15 Using attachment theory to enhance your interviews: Lessons from the Adult Attachment Interview

Room: Charter 3

The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) is the gold-standard tool for assessing attachment strategies in adults, including in parenting capacity assessments, 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

Speakers: Lydia Guthrie, co-director, Change Point

Speakers: Clark Baim, co-director, Change Point

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Day Two 14:00-15:15 Defensible and effective Section 42 enquiries

Room: Charter 1

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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Day Two 15:30-16:45 Engaging with older people who are victim-survivors of domestic abuse

Room: Charter 3

Domestic abuse in older people often goes unrecognised, often because professionals assume it only occurs in younger age groups. This talk will cover:
  • How domestic abuse within older people differs and does not differ from abuse within younger people
  • Spotting the signs of domestic abuse within intimate partner abuse and violence, and adult family violence
  • How to engage with older victims and overcome age-specific barriers to disclosure
  • Supporting older victims of domestic abuse

Speaker: Heulwen Roberts, senior practitioner, Carmarthenshire Social Services

Speaker: Sarah Wydall, senior research fellow, Choice Project, Aberystwyth University

Speaker: Rebecca Zerk, researcher, Choice Project, Aberystwyth University

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Day Two 15:30-16:45 Named social workers for people with learning disabilities: The lessons so far

Room: Charter 2

Calderdale and Hertfordshire councils have been piloting the use of named social workers who help adults with learning disabilities, autism or mental health issues challenge decisions about their care. In this presentation, Calderdale and Hertfordshire reveal how the role works and the lessons learned so far.
  • What is a named social worker?
  • What is it like to be a named social worker?
  • How named social workers work with service users and their families
  • Outcomes and lessons learned from using named social workers in Calderdale and Hertfordshire
  • What the named social worker pilots have revealed about how adult social care operates

Speaker: Mark Harvey, principal social worker, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Lauren Hines, named social worker, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Lizzie Insall, senior programme lead, Innovation Unit

Speaker: Elaine James, service manager for strategic commissioning, Calderdale Council

Speaker: Jill Melton, team manager, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Rob Mitchell, principal social worker, Calderdale Council

Speaker: Anita Raj, deputy head of service, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Nina Riddlesden, named social worker, Calderdale Council

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Management:

Panel debate

Day One 09:45-11:00 Debate: Working better with GPs

Room: Charter 2

Good relations between GPs and social workers is important but research suggests they do not work as well together as they could and misunderstandings about each profession’s role are widespread. This panel debate will look at:
  • What stops strong working relationships between GPs and social workers?
  • What do GPs not understand about social workers and vice-versa?
  • What can social workers do to improve co-working with GPs?
  • How can managers and organisations develop closer ties between social work and general practice?

Panellists:

Judy Cooper, editor, Community Care (chair)

Robin Miller, senior fellow, Health Service Management Centre

Dr. Chris Mimnagh, GP, Wingate Medical Centre

Charlotte Ramsden, strategic director for children and adult services, Salford City Council

Back to top

Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Next level care planning: Using conversations to make plans work better for adults

Room: Charter 1

Traditional care plans for adults often end up as checklists that are ill-suited to meet the needs of individuals. In this session social care consultancy Partners for Change will explain how taking a fresh approach to assessments and care plans can make care work better for adults.
  • What the Care Act says about care planning
  • Moving beyond the traditional ‘assessment for services’ approach
  • How great conversations make for better care plans
  • Overcoming the barriers to better assessments and plans
  • Case studies to include West Berkshire Council and Essex County Council

Speaker: Matt Scholes, Partners for Change

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Day One 11:30-12:45 Managing poor performance in social work teams

Room: Charter 4

  • 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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Day Two 13:00-13:30 What do social workers want when they look for a new job?

Room: Charter 4

This session will examine the findings from Community Care’s exclusive research on social work job seekers and highlight emerging patterns.
  • The top factors that tempt experienced social workers to apply for a job?
  • What stops social workers from applying for a job?
  • Top tips for writing job advertisements that will attract experienced social workers

Speaker: Peter Clarke, head of recruitment partnerships, Community Care

Speaker: Judy Cooper, editor, Community Care

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Legal masterclass

Day One 14:00-15:15 Deprivation of liberty: The latest developments in case law

Room: Charter 1

  • 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

Back to top

14:00-15:15 Understanding and trusting your intuition: New lessons for social workers from psychological research

Room: Charter 2

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

Back to top

Day One 14:00-15:15 Achieving early permanence through Fostering for Adoption

Room: Charter 4

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.
  • 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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Panel debate

Day One 15:30-16:45 Debate: Developing a sustainable domiciliary care market

Room: Charter 2

The Care Act placed a duty on local authorities to foster a sustainable market for adult care services in their area. In this debate, our panellists will examine the state of the domiciliary care market, the threats to sustainability and how local authority social care services and commissioners can develop domiciliary care.

Panellists:

Mithran Samuel, head of content adults, Community Care [chair]

Colin Angel, policy and campaigns director, UK Homecare Association (UKHCA)

Professor John Bolton, visiting professor, Institute of Public Care

Jill Colbert, corporate director of children, families and wellbeing, Trafford Council

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Day One 15:30-16:45 What serious case reviews reveal about working with the ‘toxic trio’

Room: Charter 1

  • Making meaningful assessments and interventions in cases involving parental mental ill health, substance misuse and/or domestic abuse
  • Practical steps for exploring and better understanding the level of risk
  • What lies beneath the practice failings identified by serious case reviews?

Speaker: Perdeep Gill, social care and safeguarding consultant

Back to top
Legal masterclass

Day Two 09:45-11:00 The Care Act: Legal update

Room: Charter 1

  • 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

Back to top
Panel debate

Day Two 09:45-11:00 Debate: What can assistive technology do for adult social care?

Room: Charter 2

In this debate, our panel will discuss the potential, the challenges and the pitfalls of using assistive technology in adult social care, including:
  • How can assistive technology enhance the quality of care?
  • The implications assistive technology has for how social care teams work
  • The risks of using assistive technology in social care

Panellists:

Judy Cooper, editor, Community Care [chair]

Celia Price, director, Just Checking

Helen Sunderland, national social care lead, EY

Sue Wilson, head of commissioning and quality, Leicestershire County Council

Back to top

Day Two 11:30-12:45 Effective social work in integrated services

Room: Charter 2

  • 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: Mark Harvey, co-chair, Adult Principal Social Worker National Network

Back to top

Day Two 11:30-12:45 Drug testing: A guide for children and families social workers

Room: Charter 4

When working with families where parental substance misuse is an issue, drug testing can be a simple and useful tool but there are pitfalls social workers need to be aware of. In this talk Cansford Laboratories explain how best to use drug tests and the role they can play in child protection cases.
  • The different forms of drug testing available, including hair-strand tests
  • How to choose the right test and what to expect from the results
  • The importance of the chain of custody and what can go wrong
  • How to apply the results of drug tests to your work with families
  • The limitations of drug testing
The talk will use several real-life case studies to highlight the issues and techniques covered.

Speaker: John Wicks, managing director, Cansford Laboratories

Sponsored by: cansford logo

Back to top
Legal masterclass

Day Two 11:30-12:45 Care arrangements and permanence: Demystifying what the government and courts expect

Room: Charter 1

This session will help social workers understand the seemingly contradictory expectations of government and the courts on care arrangements and permanence options.
  • What does legislation, statutory guidance and the relevant court rulings say about section 20, section 31, adoption, special guardianship orders and kinship care?
  • The apparent contradictions between government guidance and the courts
  • Busting the myths around what is expected
  • Understanding where social workers should be looking to provide permanence for children

Speaker: Joanna Nicolas, child protection consultant and trainer

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Day Two 13:00-13:30 What do social workers want when they look for a new job?

Room: Charter 4

This session will examine the findings from Community Care’s exclusive research on social work job seekers and highlight emerging patterns.
  • The top factors that tempt experienced social workers to apply for a job?
  • What stops social workers from applying for a job?
  • Top tips for writing job advertisements that will attract experienced social workers

Speaker: Peter Clarke, head of recruitment partnerships, Community Care

Speaker: Judy Cooper, editor, Community Care

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Day Two 14:00-15:15Working better with other agencies on child protection

Room: Charter 2

It is a common finding from serious case reviews that professionals have not worked well together. This session will look at what good working together looks like and how all professionals can work more effectively together amid the challenges the current climate presents.

Speaker: Joanna Nicolas, child protection consultant and trainer

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Day Two 14:00-15:15 Shake Up Your Supervision

Room: Charter 4

Supervision is important for effective social work, but research suggests many children and family social workers do not receive high-quality supervision. This presentation will cover:
  • What is good supervision?
  • The current state of supervision
  • Going beyond a managerial approach to supervision
  • Overcoming the barriers to quality supervision
  • Top tips on delivering supervision that improves practice

Speaker: Dr. David Wilkins, senior research fellow, Tilda Goldberg Centre

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Day Two 15:30-16:45 Named social workers for people with learning disabilities: The lessons so far

Room: Charter 2

Calderdale and Hertfordshire councils have been piloting the use of named social workers who help adults with learning disabilities, autism or mental health issues challenge decisions about their care. In this presentation, Calderdale and Hertfordshire reveal how the role works and the lessons learned so far.
  • What is a named social worker?
  • What is it like to be a named social worker?
  • How named social workers work with service users and their families
  • Outcomes and lessons learned from using named social workers in Calderdale and Hertfordshire
  • What the named social worker pilots have revealed about how adult social care operates

Speaker: Mark Harvey, principal social worker, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Lauren Hines, named social worker, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Lizzie Insall, senior programme lead, Innovation Unit

Speaker: Elaine James, service manager for strategic commissioning, Calderdale Council

Speaker: Jill Melton, team manager, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Rob Mitchell, principal social worker, Calderdale Council

Speaker: Anita Raj, deputy head of service, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Nina Riddlesden, named social worker, Calderdale Council

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The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.
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