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

 

Day 2

  • Children and families’ services
  • Adults’ services
  • Management
09:00Registration and exhibition
11:00Break
12:45Lunch and exhibition
17:00Exhibition
17:30Close of day two
09:00Registration and exhibition
11:00Break
12:30Lunch and exhibition
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

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 Preparing section 7 and 37 reports for court

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. This session will cover:

  • 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

  • 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

Details to be confirmed
Speaker: to be confirmed, Excel Fostering
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Day One 11:30-12:45 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

Day One 14:00-15:15 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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Day One 14:00-15:15 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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Day One 14:00-15:15 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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Day One 15:30-16:45 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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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Adults’ Services

Panel discussion

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

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?

Speaker: Robin Miller, senior fellow, Health Service Management Centre
Speaker: Charlotte Ramsden, strategic director for children and adult services, Salford City Council
Other panel members to be confirmed
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Day One 11:30-12:45 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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Day One 11:30-12:45 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

Day One 14:00 – 15:15 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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Day One 14:00-15:15 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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Legal masterclass

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

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, barrister, Kings Chambers
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Panel discussion

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

The Care Act requires local authorities to facilitate a sustainable market for care and support in their area. This panel debate will examine what adult social care services can do to support high-quality home care.
Speaker: Colin Angel, policy and campaigns director, UK Homecare Association (UKHCA)
Speaker: John Bolton, visiting professor, Institute of Public Care
Other speakers to be confirmed

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Legal masterclass

Day Two 09:45-11:00 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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Day Two 11:30-12:45 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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Day Two 14:00-15:15 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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Management:

Panel discussion

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

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?

Speaker: Robin Miller, senior fellow, Health Service Management Centre
Speaker: Charlotte Ramsden, strategic director for children and adult services, Salford City Council
Other panel members to be confirmed

Back to top

Day One 11:30-12:45 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)
Back to top

Legal masterclass

Day One 14:00-15:15 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
Back to top

14:00-15:15 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
Back to top

Day One 14:00-15:15 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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Panel discussion

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

The Care Act requires local authorities to facilitate a sustainable market for care and support in their area. This panel debate will examine what adult social care services can do to support high-quality home care.
Speaker: Colin Angel, policy and campaigns director, UK Homecare Association (UKHCA)
Speaker: John Bolton, visiting professor, Institute of Public Care
Other speakers to be confirmed

Back to top

Legal masterclass

Day Two 09:45-11:00 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
Back to top

Day Two 11:30-12:45 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

Back to top

Legal masterclass

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

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
Back to top

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

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
Back to top

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

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
Back to top

Day Two 14:00-15:15 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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The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.

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