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Leaving Care Services
01 Nov 2011
A Day in My Shoes: National Care Leavers' Week 2011. To be held at Westminster Studio, 10 Greycoat Place, London, SW1

Headline Speakers

During tough economic times, leaving care services are even more stretched to ensure transitions to adulthood are supported effectively.  With youth unemployment high, access to education restricted and housing budgets cut it is more important than ever to reduce the disparity between achievements of looked-after children and their peers.

This National Care Leavers' Week conference provided the opportunity to reflect on past successes and look to new and innovative best practice in leaving care services. Leading experts built on current achievements to ensure that every young person is provided the best possible transition to adulthood.

The National Care Leavers' Week team and associated partners were delighted to welcome so many young carers to the agenda.

Dr Roger Morgan, Children's Rights Director for England
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

Janet Rich, Trustee, The Care Leavers' Foundation
Celebrating National Care Leavers' Week 2011

Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families
Keynote address: Successful transitions into adulthood

Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Director, Children's Legal Centre
Interpreting and implementing recent changes in legislation and case law for leaving care services

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Feedback from the 'Listen Up' report
Clare Edge, Young Persons Project Worker,, Care Leavers' Association; Darren Coyne, Networking Project Worker, Care Leavers' Association.

Martin Hazlehurst, National Manager, National Care Advisory Service (NCAS)
From Care2Work's Phase 1 Final report

Sarah Davis, Senior Policy and Practice Officer, The Chartered Institute of Housing
Minimising the impact of changes to housing related support services

Panel discussion: How can services better support vulnerable young people post 21 during periods of budget constraints and austerity?
Panel to be chaired by: Mike Stein, Research Professor at the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York Session speakers to be joined by: Mary Sainsbury, Practice Development Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Stream 1: Promoting independence
Ensuring financial sustainability through benefits: Bruce Grenfell, Manager, Leaving Care Team, Newcastle City Council Preparing young people for independence: Dionne Stephenson, 16+ Team Manager, Children, Schools and Families,London Borough of Camden; Tim Aldridge, Principal Officer LAC Social Work, London Borough of Camden.

Stream 2: Raising aspirations
Supporting care leavers through higher education: Phil Bakstad, Care Leavers Project Coordinator, Liverpool John Moores University. Made in Care - young peoples' voice in leaving care: Wendy Banks, Director of Policy, Voice - with contributions from young care leavers.

Stream 3: Enhancing wellbeing
Best practice in helping staff to better support care leavers with mental health problems: Frank Lowe, Consultant Social Worker, Tavistock Clinic

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Julie Cashin, Participation Officer, Liverpool City Council
Liverpool City Council’s Children in Care Council and mentoring service

Julie Chasin QANDA
Professor Bob Broad, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University
Aspirations: the views of foster children and their carers

The journey of a care leaver
Mark Kerr, PhD Researcher & Assistant Lecturer in Social Policy SSPSSR, University of Kent at Canterbury Matt Langsford, Care leaver from A National Voice