- Professor Leon Feinstien, Head of Evidence, Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England
- Andy Elvin, Chief Executive, Tact Fostering and Adoption
- Shona Gallagher, Head of Children's Services, South Tyneside
- Dr John Stewart, Managing Director (South), Priory Group
- Andy Couldrick, Chief Executive, Birmingham Children's Trust
- Keith Danby, Chief Executive, Safe Families
- Cllr Dick Madden, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Essex Council
- Natasha Finlayson, Chief Executive, BECOME.
- Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent, Deputy CEO/Director of Operations, Coram
- Lucy Morton, Senior Development and Impact Manager, NSPCC
- Julia Vernon, Staying Close Implementation Manager, Suffolk Country Council
- Kayleigh Finlay,Team Manager - Safe & Supported, North Tyneside Council
“… Last year saw the biggest annual increase in children in care numbers since 2010, and councils are now starting more than 500 child protection investigations every day on average …” Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board
In June 2018 the Children’s Commissioner published its annual report, the ‘Stability Index 2018’ which found that half of England’s 8.6 Billion Children’s Services Budget is being spent on just 73,000 of the most serious cases of children in care. Furthermore, it found that almost 2400 children in care had to deal with a change of home, school and social worker all within the space of a year.
Our Children in Care Conference, created after in-depth research with leading specialists, past delegates, and key stakeholders, will examine issues in, and for children in care. You will have the opportunity to hear from experts, trailblazers and practitioners on children’s mental health, stability, transitioning care and several case studies.
Key areas spotlighted include
The Stability Index Report 2018
The importance of stability for looked after children and how this can be created
Improving the education provisions for children in care
Working effectively for children with a limited budget
The mental health of children in care
Ensuring children do not fall through the gaps throughout the system