Community Care Live programme (London 2017)

Community Care Live London 2017

This page provides an outline of the sessions that featured at Community Care Live London.

Day 1

 

Day 2

  • Children and families’ services
  • Adults’ services
  • Management

Full programme

Children and families sessions

Panel discussion

Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Panel discussion: is the promise of the PSW role in children’s services being fulfilled?

In a recent speech, Birmingham’s chief social worker highlighted the lack of clarity that exists around the PSW role in child and family services and the need for a national debate on this. Has the implementation of the role become too locally variable? What have been the key achievements of the role? And is there a risk of Eileen Munro’s vision for child and family PSWs as leaders rooted in practice being lost in a landscape of ambiguous senior roles? This important discussion will:

  • Revisit Eileen Munro’s vision for the PSW role in children’s services: is the role delivering on this vision and maximising opportunities for positive impact?
  • Assess how deeply the children’s PSW role has become embedded within local authorities, and whether it is making a difference to the quality of practice
  • Explore lessons which can be taken from the implementation of the PSW role in adults’ services
  • Examine the implications for child and family PSWs of the planned introduction of the accredited status of practice leader

Speaker: Lee Pardy-McLaughlin, principal child and family social worker, Coventry City Council, and co-chair, National Children’s PSW Network

Speaker: Mandy Hope, principal social worker, Birmingham City Council

Speaker: Claire Lawton, principal social worker, Lambeth Council

 

Speaker: Marion Russell, principal social worker for children and families, Cornwall County Council

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Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Child to parent abuse: why it happens and what to do

Child to parent abuse is thought to affect as many as 1 in 10 families, but social workers may receive little or no training on the issue. The abuse can affect families from a wide diversity of backgrounds, and may be linked to other issues, such as mental health disorders, trauma and domestic abuse. In this session, you will learn:

  • What research tells us about risk factors associated with child to parent violence, and what the most common ages are for abuse to start.
  • How the abuse affects parents, and what they want from social workers and services.
  • The different issues raised when child to parent abuse emerges as an issue for a child who has been adopted, or is in a foster care, kinship care or special guardianship placement.
  • How social workers and services can support families experiencing violence or abuse.

Speaker: Helen Bonnick, social worker, blogger and campaigner

Speaker: Al Coates, independent social worker, member of the DfE’s Adoption Support Expert Advisory Group, blogger and podcaster

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Legal learning hub

Day One 09.45 – 11:00 Section 20 accommodation: what recent case law means for your practice

The family courts and Ofsted continue to raise concerns that councils are sometimes using placements under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, where children are accommodated without a care order, inappropriately. This session will summarise the implications for practice from recent case law and cover:

  • Misuses and misunderstandings of the law currently being picked up by the courts.
  • Other lawful routes that should be used in such cases instead.
  • Appropriate uses of section 20 and examples of good practice.

Speaker: Oliver Millington, barrister, 9 Gough Square

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Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Norfolk, its improvement journey and the opportunities for you with us

Why Norfolk? Why not! Norfolk are on their journey in their quest to be the best place to be a child and the best place to live and work. Hear from them about opportunities in social work and how they can support your aspirations and professional development, as well as offer you a great place to live with a different rhythm of life.

Speaker: Ricky Cooper, head of localities, Norfolk County Council

Speaker: Lorna Cottingham, social work resources co-ordinator, Norfolk County Council

Sponsored by: norfolk logo

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Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Direct work: the heart of social work practice in Essex

Working systemically across the organisation, Essex County Council have embedded a culture that puts direct work with children and families at the heart of what they do. Social worker practitioners are the “change agent”, using direct work as the vehicle to promote and enable change and achieve better outcomes for children and families. This interactive and engaging session will cover

  • The relationship-based direct work undertaken by social worker practitioners in Essex, illustrated through practice examples.
  • How direct work can be your most powerful tool to create change and promote better outcomes for children and families.
  • Suggestions on how to embed a direct work practice culture in your organisation: moving beyond the tick box.

Speaker: Ahana Kalluri, team manager, family support & protection team, Essex County Council

Speaker: Sharon Isted, team manager, family centre, Essex County Council

Sponsored by: essex-county-council-logo

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Discussion forum

Day One 11:30 – 12:45 The impact of poverty on social work practice

Public spending cuts, coupled with sweeping welfare reform, have taken their toll on many vulnerable individuals and families. This discussion will assess the impact this is having on social services and social work practice, and will:

  • Assess how service users and carers are being affected by poverty.
  • Identify how poverty is driving demand for social care services.
  • Examine the role of social work in improving the lives of service users living in poverty.
  • Explore strategies for coping with an increasing demand for overstretched services.
  • Investigate practical ways social workers can make improvements for people living in poverty.

Speaker: Dave Backwith, course leader, MA Social Work, Anglia Ruskin University

Speaker: Gary Vaux, head of money advice unit, adult care services, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Matt Dunkley, interim executive director for children’s services, Norfolk County Council

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Day One 11:30 – 12:45 Protecting children and young people online

Social media is evolving at a pace that most people struggle to keep up with. While they bring with them opportunities, social media, online gaming and the web can pose serious risks to children and young people. This session will:

  • Examine the risks from social media, including grooming and radicalisation.
  • Identify the specific online risks faced by looked-after children and those with special needs.
  • Outline realistic strategies for safeguarding children and young people online.
  • Demonstrate how you can empower young people to manage online threats.

Speaker: Joanna Buckard, director, Red Balloon Training & Consultancy

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Day One 11:30 – 12:45 Case study: a step in the right direction

Hear how Norfolk County Council’s Early Help and Prevention services are working in synergy with Social Work services to ensure children and families get the right intervention at the right time.

Attend this session to find out about:

  • National trends in Early Help
  • The expectations of Ofsted and Norfolk’s Early Help and Prevention services’ experience of that
  • Local arrangements, and approach to partnership development
  • How Norfolk have developed their practices around clearly defined thresholds

Speaker: Carol Manning, head of services and partnerships, Norfolk County Council

Speaker: Hayley Griffin, head of localities, children’s social work, Norfolk County Council

Sponsored by: norfolk logo

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Day One 11:30 – 12:45 Leading mindfully: findings from a mindfulness pilot in Somerset County Council

It is widely acknowledged that social work is a high-stress occupation, with conflict and trauma too often part of the day job. Left unchecked, this can lead to stress, burnout and problems with staff retention.

Drawing on a one year pilot programme, which delivered a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme to 40 social work supervisors and managers, this session illustrates how mindfulness has contributed to building resilience in Somerset County Council. Attend this session to:

  • Examine the findings of the pilot in Somerset County Council and explore the potential for further development in the application of mindfulness for social work professionals.
  • Understand how the programme reduced stress, aided retention and has led to mindful leadership being modelled within teams.
  • Experience a guided mindfulness practice and be signposted to opportunities and resources to develop your own practice
  • Hear how mindfulness can be developed with staff then modelled and used as direct work with children and young people

Speaker: Karen Atkinson, director, MindfulnessUK

Speaker: Anna Elliott, principal social worker, Somerset Children’s Social Care

Sponsored by: somerset logo

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Day One 14:00 – 15:00 Case study: Lambeth’s Children at the Heart of Practice framework and learning and development programme

Continuous learning and development are essential for all social workers and social work managers. Hear how Lambeth has taken a focus on this, and how they have embedded relationship based practice within their service to keep children at the ‘Heart of Practice’. This session will outline the lessons which can be taken from Lambeth’s approach, including:

  • Developing a culture of continuous learning:
    • Overcoming time pressures to make learning and development a priority
    • Embedding the ‘Heart of Practice’ framework into everyday practice
  • How to take systematic approaches within a safeguarding context
  • How to use attachment theory in social work practice

Speaker: Claire Lawton, principal social worker, Lambeth Council

Speaker: Professor David Shemmings OBE PhD, professor of child protection research, University of Kent and visiting professor of child protection research, Royal Holloway, University of London

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Legal learning hub

Day One 14:00 – 15:00 Confidence in court: developing practical courtroom skills

As a social worker, you might have to justify your decisions and professional judgments in care proceedings and may 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 court.
  • Explore where social workers often go wrong in the courtroom.
  • Arm you with the essential skills you need to stand up to scrutiny.

Speaker: Shefali Shah, director, solicitor and national trainer, Kingsley Knight Training

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Day One 15:30 – 16:30 Breaking the cycle: FGM identification, prevention and support

Although female genital mutilation (FGM) may, for some families, be considered part of their culture, it constitutes significant harm and should be treated as child abuse. This session will equip you with vital information on:

  • 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 to safeguard children and young people against FGM.

Speaker: Hoda Ali, nurse and FGM safeguarding trainer, North West London NHS Trust, and trustee, 28toomany

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Day One 15:30 – 16:30 Creating trauma-informed practitioners and organisations

Social workers are constantly exposed to other people’s trauma. It is critical that they are able to effectively regulate their emotions, because unregulated emotion can lead to compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. This session will explore:

  • How organisations can not only develop workers’ resilience, but build the concept of trauma and its impact into management and policies
  • Why organisations should place trauma at the heart of their structures and systems
  • How to increase practitioner resilience in overwhelming situations
  • What we can learn from case study examples of a trauma-informed organisation
  • How to start using these concepts in your team or organisation

Speaker: Professor David Shemmings OBE PhD, professor of child protection research, University of Kent and visiting professor of child protection research, Royal Holloway, University of London

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Prevent and social work: challenges, contradictions and concerns

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act came into force in July 2015 in the UK. This places a statutory duty on many frontline organisations to work within the Prevent agenda, which is designed to stop people being drawn into terrorism.

Prevent has faced criticism, and social work’s uncritical incursions into counter-terrorism work has also been noted (Stanley and Guru, 2015; McKendrick and Finch, 2016; 2017). On the contrary, others have argued that Prevent is needed, and the social work role in identifying and working with those at risk of radicalisation and extremism, is merely an extension of existing safeguarding duties. This session focuses on:

  • Outlining the Prevent duties
  • The challenges, contradiction and concerns that are raised for social workers by this “new work”
  • Identifying the factors to consider when working with vulnerable people who have been, or are suspected of being, radicalised
  • Carefully considering the appropriate safeguarding response
  • Examining ethical and positive ways forward

Speaker: Moira Tombs, associate, Encompassing Health

Speaker: Dr Jo Finch, reader in social work and deputy director, Centre for Social Work Research, University of East London

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Practice perspectives on the national assessment and accreditation system (NAAS)

In this session, the chief social worker for children and families is joined by colleagues from the Department for Education, teaching partnerships and the national network of principal social workers to discuss progress and potential of a new post qualification specialism.

Speaker: Isabelle Trowler, chief social worker for children & families, Department for Education

Speaker: Samantha Olsen, deputy director, children’s social care reform and innovation, Department for Education

Speaker: Samantha Clayton, co-chair National Children’s PSW Network

Speaker: Lee Pardy-McLaughlin, co-chair National Children’s PSW Network

Speaker: Nimal Jude, programme director, South East London Teaching Partnership

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Understanding the link between ADHD and trauma and what this means for social work practice

The potential for overlap in presentation of children diagnosed with ADHD and those who have suffered neglect or maltreatment can make it a difficult area of practice but one where social work expertise can make a big difference to ensuring children and families get the right support. This session will:

  • Discuss the possible reasons for the over-representation of children diagnosed with ADHD in the child protection system.
  • Give examples of the kinds of behaviours that could indicate either ADHD or childhood adversity.
  • Explore how social workers can use direct work, and work with other professionals, to identify when cases may also involve trauma
  • How to support those children who have suffered trauma

Speaker: Laura Hanbury, family practitioner for looked after children and PhD student, Royal Holloway University

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Drug testing: a guide for children and families social workers

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, specifically:

  • 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 you work with families.
  • The limitations of drug testing.

Speaker: John Wicks, managing director, Cansford Laboratories

Sponsored by: cansford logo

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Norfolk, its improvement journey and the opportunities for you with us

Why Norfolk? Why not! Norfolk are on their journey in their quest to be the best place to be a child and the best place to live and work. Hear from them about opportunities in social work and how they can support your aspirations and professional development, as well as offer you a great place to live with a different rhythm of life.

Speaker: Lorna Cottingham, social work resources co-ordinator, Norfolk County Council

Speaker: Hayley Griffin, head of localities, Norfolk County Council

Sponsored by: norfolk logo

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Legal learning hub

Day Two 11:30 – 12:45 Deprivation of liberty involving children and young people

The Cheshire West ruling means a child can be in an excellent placement with appropriate care and support and still be considered to be deprived of their liberty. Courts will be critical where a local authority has placed a child and failed to identify that in doing so they were being deprived of their liberty and no action has been taken to legally authorise the deprivation. This session will help you:

  • Recognise when a child accommodated by a local authority is potentially being deprived of their liberty.
  • Understand the legal routes you can take to authorise a deprivation of liberty for a child or young person.
  • Know when parental consent can be taken into consideration when a situation deprives a child of their liberty.

Speaker: Polly Sweeney, partner, Irwin Mitchell

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Day Two 11:30 – 12:45 Parenting assessments – the Essex way

This session will help you understand:

  • How Essex takes a relationships based approach to parenting assessments
  • How to undertake a more robust and analytical appproach to assessments.

Speaker: Sally-Ann Millar, team manager, family support and protection, Essex County Council

Speaker: Michelle Hunscher, team manager, children in care, Essex County Council

Sponsored by: essex-county-council-logo

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Day Two 11:30 – 12:45 Understanding coercive control: signs to look out for and questions to ask

Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship is now a criminal offence and domestic abuse victims often say it is this, rather than physical violence, that is the worst part of the abuse. The difficulty for practitioners is that because of the ongoing, pervasive nature of coercive control – and the fact that perpetrators are often manipulative and appear charming to the outside world – behaviours can be difficult to spot.

This session will:

  • Identify signs to look out for that indicate coercive control might be an issue
  • Equip you with questions to ask yourself and the suspected victim to help pinpoint whether coercive control is present in the relationship
  • Set out practice tips for you to help support victims of coercive control

Speaker: Sian Hawkins, campaigns and public affairs manager, Women’s Aid

Speaker: Jacqui Kilburn, national training centre manager, Women’s Aid

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Day Two 14:00 – 15:00 Introduction to working with alcohol use and related experiences

Specialist alcohol support services are changing and people with problematic alcohol use are presenting with more significant issues. In this context, interventions and support increasingly need to be provided by social workers who do not necessarily feel they have sufficient expertise in this area. This session will promote understanding about:

  • Alcohol use and capacity: working with intoxication.
  • Risk and parents who significantly use alcohol.
  • Alcohol use within specific communities: older people; mental health, disabilities, young people.
  • Working within expectations of supporting compulsory treatment and testing.

Speaker: Dr. Wulf Livingston, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Glyndŵr University Wrexham

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Day Two 14:00 – 15:00 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 examine:

  • 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?
  • Preparing, assessing and supporting carers so they can 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

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Legal learning hub

Day Two 15:30 – 16:30 Update on legislation and case law for children’s social workers

As social workers it is really important to stay up to date with the law, as this knowledge will assist you in the preparation and presentation of your evidence should you need to attend court. This session will give you a comprehensive overview of:

  • The impact of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 on
    • Looked after children
    • Safeguarding children and
    • Permanency planning
  • Recent case law: a summary of how cases are being dealt with by the courts on permanency planning, and presentation of evidence on the realistic options
  • Judicial guidance on settlement hearings and other key aspects of court proceedings.

Speaker: Shefali Shah, director, solicitor and national trainer, Kingsley Knight Training

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Day Two 15:30 – 16:30 Case study: Mum’s Supportive – the London Borough of Southwark Birth Mothers’ Group

Mum’s Supportive is a group of women who have experienced the loss of a child as a result of social services intervention. The group offers a chance for women to explore their feelings of loss and isolation by creating an opportunity for them to meet each other within a structured and safe environment to share their stories and experiences. This session will outline:

  • Why Mum’s Supportive was developed, its aims, principles and structure
  • Making a referral to the group, and who attends
  • Planning for the group session, and what a group session looks like
  • Supporting mums inside and outside of the group sessions
  • Feedback from the mums about their experiences of Mum’s Supportive

Speaker: Sharon Jennings, part time lecturer social work, Goldsmiths, University of London

Speaker: Emily Richardson, social worker, Southwark Children’s Services Mum’s Supportive Group

Speaker: Beverley Smith, attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Mum’s Supportive group

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Day Two 15:30 – 16:30 Case study: West Sussex’s use of trajectory planning with children in need

West Sussex has developed trajectory planning by using the Signs of Safety model for their work with families and children who are not considered “at risk of harm” but are in a very vulnerable group. Trajectory planning is a tool for creating a very clear and focused timeline for work with children in need and their families, to prevent drift. This session will explore:

  • The prevention of “drift and delay” when working with children subject to child in need plans
  • How to use safety goals and focused trajectory plans effectively so that:
    • Children on child in need plans receive purposeful, focused and thoughtful interventions
    • Interventions are understood by families and cause the minimum disruption
  • How to utilise “safety bottom lines” for children in need to provide intervention focus
  • Developing your own trajectory plans for working with children in need

Speaker: Louise Fox, group manager, West Sussex County Council

Speaker: Katrina Ugur, practice manager, West Sussex County Council

Speaker: Mark Winstanley, social worker, West Sussex County Council

Speaker: Sonya Brindley, social worker, West Sussex County Council

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

Adults’ sessions

Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Financial abuse

Financial abuse can happen to anyone, but older people and adults with learning disabilities are particularly vulnerable – and may not even recognise that they are a victim. This session will help you:

  • Listen, believe and act: overcoming the culture of dismissing older people’s concerns and giving them a voice.
  • Examine the role of mate crime in the financial abuse of vulnerable people.
  • Understand the role that social workers can play in educating family, friends and carers.
  • Improve safeguarding of vulnerable adults against the risk of financial abuse by:
    • developing robust risk assessments and improved report writing;
    • effective inter-agency working and information sharing between health and social care.

    Speaker: Richard Powley, head of safeguarding, policy & research, Age UK

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Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Norfolk, its improvement journey and the opportunities for you with us

Why Norfolk? Why not! Norfolk are on their journey in their quest to be the best place to be a child and the best place to live and work. Hear from them about opportunities in social work and how they can support your aspirations and professional development, as well as offer you a great place to live with a different rhythm of life.

Speaker: Ricky Cooper, head of localities, Norfolk County Council

Speaker: Lorna Cottingham, social work resources co-ordinator, Norfolk County Council

Sponsored by: norfolk logo

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Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Developing effective relationships with communities and partners

This session will illustrate how having conversations, through the Good Lives approach, is being implemented in Essex County Council. Hear about the effective outcomes this approach is having in enabling people to have greater independence and control over their lives by working in collaboration with others and applying the principles of prevention, sustainability and best value. Join this session to learn:

  • How multi-disciplinary working with partners in local communities enables people to be in control of their health and well-being
  • How the approach to assessment of need, through the Good Lives approach, is being implemented in Essex
  • Tools and approaches that are transferable to further support engagement with adults in other organisations

Speaker: director for adults, Essex County Council

Sponsored by: essex-county-council-logo

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Legal learning hub

Day One 11:30 – 12:45 The Care Act 2014: overview and update on recent case law

The Care Act has been in force for two years, but for many social work practitioners it remains a complex piece of legislation that can be challenging to navigate. This session offers a plain-language introduction to the Act, in which you will:

  • Examine recent case law on the Care Act, and explore what it means for social workers.
  • Hear about aspects of the Care Act remain to be tested in court.
  • See how to deal with challenges to decisions.
  • Learn about the future implications of the Care Act: looking to 2020 and beyond.

Speaker: Alex Rook, Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP

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Discussion forum

Day One 11:30 – 12:45 The impact of poverty on social work practice

Public spending cuts, coupled with sweeping welfare reform, have taken their toll on many vulnerable individuals and families. This discussion will assess the impact this is having on social services and social work practice, and will:

  • Assess how service users and carers are being affected by poverty.
  • Identify how poverty is driving demand for social care services.
  • Examine the role of social work in improving the lives of service users living in poverty.
  • Explore strategies for coping with an increasing demand for overstretched services.
  • Investigate practical ways social workers can make improvements for people living in poverty.

Speaker: Dave Backwith, course leader, MA Social Work, Anglia Ruskin University

Speaker: Gary Vaux, head of money advice unit, adult care services, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Matt Dunkley, interim executive director for children’s services, Norfolk County Council

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Day One 11:30 – 12:45 Leading mindfully: findings from a mindfulness pilot in Somerset County Council

It is widely acknowledged that social work is a high-stress occupation, with conflict and trauma too often part of the day job. Left unchecked, this can lead to stress, burnout and problems with staff retention.

Drawing on a one year pilot programme, which delivered a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme to 40 social work supervisors and managers, this session illustrates how mindfulness has contributed to building resilience in Somerset County Council. Attend this session to:

  • Examine the findings of the pilot in Somerset County Council and explore the potential for further development in the application of mindfulness for social work professionals.
  • Understand how the programme reduced stress, aided retention and has led to mindful leadership being modelled within teams.
  • Experience a guided mindfulness practice and be signposted to opportunities and resources to develop your own practice
  • Hear how mindfulness can be developed with staff then modelled and used as direct work with children and young people

Speaker: Karen Atkinson, director, MindfulnessUK

Speaker: Anna Elliott, principal social worker, Somerset Children’s Social Care

Sponsored by: somerset logo

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Day One 14:00 – 15:00 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, delegates will:

  • Find out how common FASD is in adults, and what vulnerabilities arise from it.
  • Examine how to recognise FASD in adults – who is being missed?
  • Hear about the support needs of adults with FASD, and what happens when support is inadequate.
  • Identify safeguarding challenges for this group of adults.

Speaker: Joanna Buckard, director, Red Balloon Training & Consultancy

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Day One 14:00 – 15:00 Making Safeguarding Personal in mental health services: a service user’s experience

Moira Tombs is an expert by experience in mental healthcare. A few years ago her mental health spiralled after her partner died, she found herself unable to cope and her cries for help went unheard. Moira’s incredible story is a shocking indictment of what happens when mental health services fail to safeguard adults in crisis.

This powerful session will:

  • Outline what should and shouldn’t happen when people approach mental health services for help.
  • Give tips on how practitioners can make safeguarding in mental health truly personal.
  • Highlight that the heaviest costs from failing to safeguard adults in crisis are not financial.

Speaker: Moira Tombs, associate, Encompassing Health

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Day One 15:30 – 16:30 Carrying out legally literate reviews where there are pressures to make savings

Reviews of care and support plans play a critical role in ensuring that the plan is kept up to date and relevant to the person’s needs and aspirations. However, with councils wanting to make savings by reducing the cost of care packages and streamlining processes, ensuring good professional practice and adherence to the legal rules can be more challenging. This session will:

  • Demonstrate how a focus on the core principles and requirements of the Care Act in reviews can ensure that needs are met and agreed outcomes are achieved, within the resources available.
  • Clarify the distinction between review, reassessment of needs and the revision of a care and support plan.
  • Outline a legally literate approach to the streamlining of review processes.
  • Reflect on the implications for good practice of recent judicial reviews where reductions in care packages were proposed.

Speaker: Pete Feldon, independent Care Act trainer, author of “The Social Worker’s Guide to the Care Act 2014”

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Day One 15:30 – 16:30 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. Given its role in capacity and 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, barrister, Kings Chambers

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Day One 15:30 – 16:30 Training transfer – going from training to practice

This session will help you:

  • Understand the barriers to social workers putting learning into practice.
  • Refocus your view of CPD.
  • Identify what works for you and your colleagues.

Speaker: Will Chaney, workforce capability manager, Essex County Council

Speaker: Aisha Howells, practice education co-ordinator, Essex County Council

Sponsored by: essex-county-council-logo

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Prevent and social work: challenges, contradictions and concerns

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act came into force in July 2015 in the UK. This places a statutory duty on many frontline organisations to work within the Prevent agenda, which is designed to stop people being drawn into terrorism.

Prevent has faced criticism, and social work’s uncritical incursions into counter-terrorism work has also been noted (Stanley and Guru, 2015; McKendrick and Finch, 2016; 2017). On the contrary, others have argued that Prevent is needed, and the social work role in identifying and working with those at risk of radicalisation and extremism, is merely an extension of existing safeguarding duties. This session focuses on:

  • Outlining the Prevent duties
  • The challenges, contradiction and concerns that are raised for social workers by this “new work”
  • Identifying the factors to consider when working with vulnerable people who have been, or are suspected of being, radicalised
  • Carefully considering the appropriate safeguarding response
  • Examining ethical and positive ways forward

Speaker: Moira Tombs, associate, Encompassing Health

Speaker: Dr Jo Finch, reader in social work and deputy director, Centre for Social Work Research, University of East London

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Norfolk, its improvement journey and the opportunities for you with us

Why Norfolk? Why not! Norfolk are on their journey in their quest to be the best place to be a child and the best place to live and work. Hear from them about opportunities in social work and how they can support your aspirations and professional development, as well as offer you a great place to live with a different rhythm of life.

Speaker: Lorna Cottingham, social work resources co-ordinator, Norfolk County Council

Speaker: Hayley Griffin, head of localities, Norfolk County Council

Sponsored by: norfolk logo

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Legal learning hub

Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Conducting capacity assessments

Ten years after the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, capacity assessments remain a challenging part of the social work role. This session will provide:

  • A refresher on the two-stage capacity test under the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Guidance on what it means to take all practicable steps to help a person make a decision in different practice contexts.
  • Lessons from recent case law on carrying out capacity assessments.

Speaker: Alex Ruck Keene, barrister, 39 Essex St

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Day Two 11:30 – 12:45 Understanding coercive control: signs to look out for and questions to ask

Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship is now a criminal offence and domestic abuse victims often say it is this, rather than physical violence, that is the worst part of the abuse. The difficulty for practitioners is that because of the ongoing, pervasive nature of coercive control – and the fact that perpetrators are often manipulative and appear charming to the outside world – behaviours can be difficult to spot.

This session will:

  • Identify signs to look out for that indicate coercive control might be an issue.
  • Equip you with questions to ask yourself and the suspected victim to help pinpoint whether coercive control is present in the relationship.
  • Set out practice tips for you to help support victims of coercive control

Speaker: Sian Hawkins, campaigns & public affairs manager, Women’s Aid

Speaker: Jacqui Kilburn, national training centre manager, Women’s Aid

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Day Two 11:30 – 12:45 Case study: Living well

How community social work is changing the way independence for adults is promoted in Norfolk.

  • Promoting Independence is Norfolk’s strategy for a sustainable model of services which supports people to be independent, resilient and well
  • At the heart of this strategy is Living Well, a three conversation model of social work which empowers social workers to find alternatives to traditional care, building on the assets and strengths in people’s lives
  • The question: can a truly ‘bottom-up’ approach to innovation and changing practice deliver tangible benefits when the system is under such pressure? Is answered…

Speakers: James Bullion, executive director adults’ social services, Norfolk County Council

Sponsored by: norfolk logo

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Legal learning hub

Day Two 14:00 – 15:00 Safeguarding investigations, report writing and the law

The Care Act has placed a duty on local authorities to carry out safeguarding enquiries in cases of suspected or potential abuse or neglect involving an adult with care and support needs. This legal session will provide:

  • An understanding of the triggers for carrying out a safeguarding enquiry under the Care Act.
  • Advice on carrying out a safeguarding enquiry and processes to follow in different types of cases.
  • Good practice guidance on writing reports following safeguarding enquiries.

Speaker: Janice White, solicitor and team leader, legal team, Coventry City Council

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Day Two 14:00 – 15:00 Introduction to working with alcohol use and related experiences

Specialist alcohol support services are changing and people with problematic alcohol use are presenting with more significant issues. In this context, interventions and support increasingly need to be provided by social workers who do not necessarily feel they have sufficient expertise in this area. This session will promote understanding about:

  • Alcohol use and capacity: working with intoxication.
  • Risk and parents who significantly use alcohol.
  • Alcohol use within specific communities: older people; mental health, disabilities, young people.
  • Working within expectations of supporting compulsory treatment and testing.

Dr. Wulf Livingston, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Glyndŵr University Wrexham

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Day Two 14:00 – 15:00 Developing effective relationships with communities and partners

This session will illustrate how having conversations, through the Good Lives approach, is being implemented in Essex County Council. Hear about the effective outcomes this approach is having in enabling people to have greater independence and control over their lives by working in collaboration with others and applying the principles of prevention, sustainability and best value. Join this session to learn:

  • How multi-disciplinary working with partners in local communities enables people to be in control of their health and well-being
  • How the approach to assessment of need, through the Good Lives approach, is being implemented in Essex
  • Tools and approaches that are transferable to further support engagement with adults in other organisations

Speaker: Alexandra Green, director for local delivery – West, Essex County Council

Speaker: Georgia Chimbani , director for local delivery – South, Essex County Council

Sponsored by: essex-county-council-logo

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Day Two 15:30 – 16:30 Workshop: alcohol use in older people

This interactive, small group session will focus on the challenging area of supporting older people who use alcohol, and will address the issues of:

  • Why alcohol use in older people is social work business
  • Types of drinking and experiences in older people
  • Interventions: key skills and effective approaches
  • Complexities: capacity, carers and residential care

Speaker: Dr. Wulf Livingston, senior lecturer in social work, Wrexham Glyndŵr University

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

Management sessions:

Panel discussion

Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Panel discussion: is the promise of the PSW role in children’s services being fulfilled?

In a recent speech, Birmingham’s chief social worker highlighted the lack of clarity that exists around the PSW role in child and family services and the need for a national debate on this. Has the implementation of the role become too locally variable? What have been the key achievements of the role? And is there a risk of Eileen Munro’s vision for child and family PSWs as leaders rooted in practice being lost in a landscape of ambiguous senior roles? This important discussion will:

  • Revisit Eileen Munro’s vision for the PSW role in children’s services: is the role delivering on this vision and maximising opportunities for positive impact?
  • Assess how deeply the children’s PSW role has become embedded within local authorities, and whether it is making a difference to the quality of practice
  • Explore lessons which can be taken from the implementation of the PSW role in adults’ services
  • Examine the implications for child and family PSWs of the planned introduction of the accredited status of practice leader

Speaker: Lee Pardy-McLaughlin, principal child and family social worker, Coventry City Council, and co-chair, National Children’s PSW Network

Speaker: Mandy Hope, principal social worker, Birmingham City Council

Speaker: Marion Russell, principal social worker for children and families, Cornwall County Council

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Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Norfolk, its improvement journey and the opportunities for you with us

Why Norfolk? Why not! Norfolk are on their journey in their quest to be the best place to be a child and the best place to live and work. Hear from them about opportunities in social work and how they can support your aspirations and professional development, as well as offer you a great place to live with a different rhythm of life.

Speaker: Ricky Cooper, head of localities, Norfolk County Council

Speaker: Lorna Cottingham, social work resources co-ordinator, Norfolk County Council

Sponsored by: norfolk logo

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Discussion forum

Day One 11:30 – 12:45 The impact of poverty on social work practice

Public spending cuts, coupled with sweeping welfare reform, have taken their toll on many vulnerable individuals and families. This discussion will assess the impact this is having on social services and social work practice, and will:

  • Assess how service users and carers are being affected by poverty.
  • Identify how poverty is driving demand for social care services.
  • Examine the role of social work in improving the lives of service users living in poverty.
  • Explore strategies for coping with an increasing demand for overstretched services.
  • Investigate practical ways social workers can make improvements for people living in poverty.

Speaker: Dave Backwith, course leader, MA Social Work, Anglia Ruskin University

Speaker: Gary Vaux, head of money advice unit, adult care services, Hertfordshire County Council

Speaker: Matt Dunkley, interim executive director for children’s services, Norfolk County Council

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Day One 11:30 – 12:45 Leading Mindfully: findings from a mindfulness pilot in Somerset County Council

It is widely acknowledged that social work is a high-stress occupation, with conflict and trauma too often part of the day job. Left unchecked, this can lead to stress, burnout and problems with staff retention.

Drawing on a one year pilot programme, which delivered a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme to 40 social work supervisors and managers, this session illustrates how mindfulness has contributed to building resilience in Somerset County Council. Attend this session to:

  • Examine the findings of the pilot in Somerset County Council and explore the potential for further development in the application of mindfulness for social work professionals.
  • Understand how the programme reduced stress, aided retention and has led to mindful leadership being modelled within teams.
  • Experience a guided mindfulness practice and be signposted to opportunities and resources to develop your own practice
  • Hear how mindfulness can be developed with staff then modelled and used as direct work with children and young people

Speaker: Karen Atkinson, director, MindfulnessUK

Speaker: Anna Elliott, principal social worker, Somerset Children’s Social Care

Sponsored by: somerset logo

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Day One 14:00 – 15:00 Case study: developing systemic social work in three boroughs (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster)

What does good social work looks like? And what factors need to be in place to enable staff to work effectively with families? This session will give you the chance to reflect on these important questions, and to:

  • Hear about a whole system change in the tri-borough approach to working with vulnerable families
  • Look at how systemic social work was introduced and developed:
    • The knowledge and skill development for front line staff
    • The work which was undertaken to create an environment where good practice can flourish

Speaker: Clare Chamberlain, director of children and families, Tri-borough Children’s Services

Speaker: Matt Watson, partners in practice programme manager, Tri-borough Children’s Services

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Day One 14:00 – 15:00 Case study: Lambeth’s Children at the Heart of Practice framework and learning and development programme

Continuous learning and development are essential for all social workers and social work managers. Hear how Lambeth has taken a focus on this, and how they have embedded relationship based practice within their service to keep children at the ‘Heart of Practice’. This session will outline the lessons which can be taken from Lambeth’s approach, including:

  • Developing a culture of continuous learning:
    • Overcoming time pressures to make learning and development a priority
    • Embedding the ‘Heart of Practice’ framework into everyday practice
  • How to take systematic approaches within a safeguarding context
  • How to use attachment theory in social work practice

Speaker: Claire Lawton, principal social worker, Lambeth Council

Speaker: Professor David Shemmings OBE PhD, professor of child protection research, University of Kent and visiting professor of child protection research, Royal Holloway, University of London

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Round table discussion

Day One 14:00 – 15:00 How do we celebrate success in a meaningful way that ensures a positive impact on the whole workforce?

This discussion will explore how to identify and nurture good practice across the service in a way that encourages engagement and motivates all. Hear about:

  • Strategies for recognising the excellence amongst social workers
  • How to share these positive stories without it coming across as the same old faces being communicated over and over

Speaker: Catherine Watkins, principal social worker, West Sussex County Council

Further speakers tbc

Sponsored by: somerset logo

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Day One 15:30 – 16:30 Creating trauma-informed practitioners and organisation

Social workers are constantly exposed to other people’s trauma. It is critical that they are able to effectively regulate their emotions, because unregulated emotion can lead to compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. This session will explore:

  • How organisations can not only develop workers’ resilience, but build the concept of trauma and its impact into management and policies?
  • Why organisations should place trauma at the heart of their structures and systems.
  • How to increase practitioner resilience in overwhelming situations
  • What we can learn from case study examples of a trauma-informed organisation
  • How to start using these concepts in your team or organisation.

Speaker: Professor David Shemmings OBE PhD, professor of child protection research, University of Kent and visiting professor of child protection research, Royal Holloway, University of London

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Day One 15:30 – 16:30 Carrying out legally literate reviews where there are pressures to make savings

Reviews of care and support plans play a critical role in ensuring that the plan is kept up to date and relevant to the person’s needs and aspirations. However, with councils wanting to make savings by reducing the cost of care packages and streamlining processes, ensuring good professional practice and adherence to the legal rules can be more challenging. This session will:

  • Demonstrate how a focus on the core principles and requirements of the Care Act in reviews can ensure that needs are met and agreed outcomes are achieved, within the resources available.
  • Clarify the distinction between review, reassessment of needs and the revision of a care and support plan.
  • Outline a legally literate approach to the streamlining of review processes.
  • Reflect on the implications for good practice of recent judicial reviews where reductions in care packages were proposed.

Speaker: Pete Feldon, independent Care Act trainer, author of “The Social Worker’s Guide to the Care Act 2014”

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Prevent and social work: challenges, contradictions and concerns

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act came into force in July 2015 in the UK. This places a statutory duty on many frontline organisations to work within the Prevent agenda, which is designed to stop people being drawn into terrorism.

Prevent has faced criticism, and social work’s uncritical incursions into counter-terrorism work has also been noted (Stanley and Guru, 2015; McKendrick and Finch, 2016; 2017). On the contrary, others have argued that Prevent is needed, and the social work role in identifying and working with those at risk of radicalisation and extremism, is merely an extension of existing safeguarding duties. This session focuses on:

  • Outlining the Prevent duties
  • The challenges, contradiction and concerns that are raised for social workers by this “new work”
  • Identifying the factors to consider when working with vulnerable people who have been, or are suspected of being, radicalised
  • Carefully considering the appropriate safeguarding response
  • Examining ethical and positive ways forward

Speaker: Moira Tombs, associate, Encompassing Health

Speaker: Dr Jo Finch, reader in social work and deputy director, Centre for Social Work Research, University of East London

Further speakers tbc

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Norfolk, its improvement journey and the opportunities for you with us

Why Norfolk? Why not! Norfolk are on their journey in their quest to be the best place to be a child and the best place to live and work. Hear from them about opportunities in social work and how they can support your aspirations and professional development, as well as offer you a great place to live with a different rhythm of life.

Speaker: Lorna Cottingham, social work resources co-ordinator, Norfolk County Council

Speaker: Hayley Griffin, head of localities, Norfolk County Council

Sponsored by: norfolk logo

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Day Two 09:45 – 11:00 Practice perspectives on the national assessment and accreditation system (NAAS)

In this session, the chief social worker for children and families is joined by colleagues from the Department for Education, teaching partnerships and the national network of principal social workers to discuss progress and potential of a new post qualification specialism.

Speaker: Isabelle Trowler, chief social worker for children & families, Department for Education

Speaker: Samantha Olsen, deputy director, children’s social care reform and innovation, Department for Education

Speaker: Samantha Clayton, co-chair, National Children’s PSW Network

Speaker: Lee Pardy-McLaughlin, co-chair National Children’s PSW Network

Speaker: Nimal Jude, programme director, South East London Teaching Partnership

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Day Two 11:30 – 12:45 Supporting effective learning that develops knowledge, influences practice, and improves outcomes for vulnerable people and families

As austerity continues to dominate local authority budgets many senior managers are looking for cost-effective methods to ensure their workforce is continuously learning, can apply that knowledge in day-to-day decision making and achieve the best possible outcomes for vulnerable people and families. Practitioners are wondering how they can find the time to keep their knowledge up-to-date in what are incredibly complex topic areas. In this session you will learn:

  • What the research tells us about the most effective methods of learning so that people retain knowledge and are able to use it in practice
  • The results of an innovative partnership between Community Care Inform and Cornwall County Council’s children’s services to pilot a new type of supported learning content
  • How data and research can be used to help improve the commissioning of resources and training for social workers and other professionals and support staff

Speaker: Judy Cooper, editor, Community Care and Community Care Inform

Speaker: Marion Russell, principal social worker for children and families, Cornwall County Council

Speaker: Jon Bolton, lecturer in social work, University of Dundee and learning and development consultant

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Day Two 11:30 – 12:45 What is good social work leadership?

Join social work managers, who have completed the Firstline development programme, as they share their experiences on the impact of good social work leadership. This session will outline:

  • Their experience of the programme, including insight into what the programme entails
  • Specific examples of things they have done, and are doing differently, as a result of the programme, with their:
    • Team
    • Managers
    • Peers
    • External partners
  • What impact they have seen as a result of this change in approach
  • The resulting impact they have seen on practice, and children and families

Speakers: Jess, Emily and Charmaine, fellows of the Firstline programme

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Day Two 14:00 – 15:00 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 high-quality supervision.
  • Top tips on delivering supervision that improves practice.

Speaker: Sharon Jennings, part time lecturer social work, Goldsmiths, University of London

Speaker: Tricia Pereira, principal social worker – adults, Royal Borough of Greenwich

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Day Two 15:30 – 16:45 Children living with domestic abuse: lessons from inspections

Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation undertook a programme of inspections to evaluate the effectiveness of agencies’ response to children living with domestic abuse. In this session, the inspectorates will:

  • Set out the main findings from the inspections in relation to the strengths and areas for development of agencies response to children living with domestic abuse
  • Consider next steps to improve the response to children living with domestic abuse

Speaker: Paul d’Inverno, HMI specialist advisor child protection, Ofsted

Speaker: Nigel Thompson, head of inspections – Children’s Health and Justice, Care Quality Commission

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Principal Social Workers’ Forum

This free-to-attend event has been designed specifically for those in a PSW role, and will give you the opportunity to join in high-level, strategic discussions, share in best-practice and network with other PSWs from across England.

Day One 09:45 – 11:00 Panel discussion: Is the promise of the PSW role in children’s services being fulfilled?

In a recent speech, Birmingham’s chief social worker highlighted the lack of clarity that exists around the PSW role in child and family services and the need for a national debate on this. Has the implementation of the role become too locally variable? What have been the key achievements of the role? And is there a risk of Eileen Munro’s vision for child and family PSWs as leaders rooted in practice being lost in a landscape of ambiguous senior roles? This important discussion will:

  • Revisit Eileen Munro’s vision for the PSW role in children’s services: is the role delivering on this vision and maximising opportunities for positive impact?
  • Assess how deeply the children’s PSW role has become embedded within local authorities, and whether it is making a difference to the quality of practice
  • Explore lessons which can be taken from the implementation of the PSW role in adults’ services
  • Examine the implications for child and family PSWs of the planned introduction of the accredited status of practice leader

Speaker: Lee Pardy-McLaughlin, principal child and family social worker, Coventry City Council, and co-chair, National Children’s PSW Network

Speaker: Mandy Hope, principal social worker, Birmingham City Council

Speaker: Claire Lawton, principal social worker, Lambeth Council

Speaker: Marion Russell, principal social worker for children and families, Cornwall County Council

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Day One 11:30 – 13:00 Round table discussion: cultivating the right leadership style to influence above, below and across

Join your colleagues and expert session hosts in a round table discussion session which focuses on the crucial PSW skills of leadership and influence. What more can you be doing to engage stakeholders, both those inside your organisation and external? How can you effectively navigate the changing landscape of social care? And what more can you be doing now to champion a strong social work response to wider social challenges? This discussion will address:

  • Gaining the senior management buy-in necessary to enable far reaching influence
  • How to communicate with people in a variety of positions, and how to act effectively as a conduit between them
  • Successfully balancing the tensions in the PSW role
  • Cultivating the personal skills for leadership and influence: what works, and what doesn’t?

Speaker: Romi Bowen, executive coach, Frontline

Speaker: Lee Pardy-McLaughlin, principal child and family social worker, Coventry City Council, and co-chair, National Children’s PSW Network

Speaker: Mandy Hope, principal social worker, Birmingham City Council

Speaker: Marion Russell, principal social worker for children and families, Cornwall County Council

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Please note that there is no separate registration for this forum. Registering your place at Community Care Live will automatically grant PSWs access to the Principal Social Workers’ Forum, as well as the full two day conference programme. This forum has a children and families services focus, but adults’ PSWs are welcome to attend.
The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.
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