Money alone will not be a solution – it will require expertise, adaptability and not a little creative passion to create specialist provision within a tight timeline. This event will include presentations on the nature of the difficulty, the legal framework, potential barriers and opportunities and small group activity to identify ways in which the sector might productively respond to meet this challenge and ensure we have child-centred, effective, loving and homely environments to properly care for these young people.
John Woodhouse is the managing director at dialogue and will describe the programme for the day
10:15 The story so far… DfE policy development and learning from local authorities
Callum Worsnop has a background in policy development for disadvantaged young people, children’s services policy and children’s homes. He currently heads the team for unregulated and unregistered provision at the Department for Education. Callum will present what the DfE’s national policy aims for unregulated provision are, and the learning from discussions with local authorities and others across the country and explain how this has informed policy development to date.
11:00 Profiling placements
Liz Cooper is the deputy chief executive officer for the Independent Children’s Homes’ Association. With a career in residential child care and as a former Responsible Individual and Operations Director, Liz brings a strong understanding of young people’s experiences and how to reach their potential with the right support. Liz has been in conversations with providers across the sector, examining the vacancy rates and learning about some of the factors that affect placement of these most needy of young people.
11:45 Sector discussions
Participants will be grouped by sector in breakout rooms to reflect on the morning’s discussions and consider some of the opportunities and barriers to resolving the issue of placement of under 16s. Their comments will feed into the afternoon’s discussions.
1:30 Successful placements
Christine Freestone is a senior consultant with dialogue and brings experience from health, education, inspectorate and as an RI. She will explore research around the most successful children’s homes and a structured approach to safe and positive placements
John Woodhouse will summarise the group feedback from the morning
2:30 Inter-disciplinary learning groups
Participants will work in mixed groups to reflect on the day with a solution-focused approach to creating placement opportunities for young people
3:00 Panel & plenary
John Woodhouse, Callum Worsnop, Liz Cooper & Christine Freestone will listen to thoughts and views from the groups and consider how as a sector we respond to the challenge
Select ‘Residential Care/Residential Schools’ then ‘A Placement for Every Child’ from the options below.
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