The Department for Education (DfE) stated in 2022 that there were 45,940 care leavers in England. With the number of looked after children also steadily rising steadily each year (Office for National Statistics (ONS), 2023) it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that there are adequate services and support available to those leaving care.  As a response to this figure, the Children’s Commissioner launched a practical guide for care leavers, which included recommendations across areas such as education, mental health support and housing.  With these recommendations in mind, it is vital that those working with care leavers, come together to share best practice and ensure that care experienced young people leave with a sense of stability and positivity about their futures.

  • 30% of school leavers who were in care during 2022 were not in further or higher education, employment, or training 9 months after leaving school, as shown by Home for Good in 2022
  • New figures published in 2023 from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), show that there are 3710 18-20 care leaver households facing homelessness
  • 5,367 care leavers in London have an identified mental health need, according to DfE in 2022

Join us at The Supporting Care Leavers Conference to hear the latest guidance and best practice in supporting those leaving care. High-level keynotes will provide insights into the latest national updates and strategic guidance on supporting care leavers. Topics of best practice include delivering proactive mental health support, providing employment and training opportunities for those leaving care, as well as helping care experienced young people into higher education. A breakout networking session offers the opportunity to share your experiences whilst networking with other senior colleagues from a variety of sectors.

Reasons to attend:

✓Gain Insights into the Latest National Policy Updates for Care Leavers: Stay updated on recent developments and emerging trends in care leavers policy, including funding and guidance on multi-agency collaboration

✓Learn Practical Strategies for Supporting Young People From Care to Independence: Explore effective methods for embedding effective support systems across all aspects of the care environment

✓Hear from High-Level Keynotes: Gain valuable insight into the latest government policy updates, and trends around supporting care leavers

✓Explore Best Practice Case Studies: Delve into strategies for encouraging care leavers into higher education, and supporting care leavers at risk of homelessness ✓Engage in Interactive Workshops and Networking Opportunities: Participate in interactive sessions, workshops and networking opportunities to discuss challenges and collaborate with peers who work with care leavers ✓Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

Who should attend:

·         Policymakers and Government officials

·         Non-profit organisations and foundations focused on care leavers

·         Representatives from the NHS interested in supporting those leaving care

·         University employees engaged in outreach

·         Student support services personnel, such as counsellors

·         Industry professionals interested in supporting those with experience in care

·         Local government officials who work in care leavers teams

·         Housing Associations

For more information please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Julie Selwyn, Professor of Education and Adoption, University of Oxford (invited)

  • Keynote: Defying Prejudice and Creating Routes for Success: Empowering Care Leavers

    Karen Sharp, Director, East Kent Health and Care Partnership (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: The Care Leaver Covenant: Supporting Young People from Care to Independence

     Abstract: This session addresses the current goals that the Care Leaver Covenant has set for  those who work across all facets of the care system. From working in partnership to co-produce support packages to developing additional financial and mentoring support, attendees will gain valuable knowledge in creating an effective system to support young people from care to independence.

    • Sharing key insights into the Care Leaver Covenant Outcomes guidance and advice on working towards goals
    • Developing additional streams of support including mentorship and financial guidance to help care leavers experience stability and security
    • Successful strategies for encouraging care leavers to engage in activities which inspire personal interests and widen employment prospects
    • Working in partnership with relevant stakeholders to co-produce holistic support packages for care leavers

    Gareth Evans, Director of Operations, Care Leaver Covenant (CONFIRMED)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Comfort Break 

  • Lived Experience: Engaging Individuals with Lived Experience to Deliver Co-Produced Services

    Abstract: This session will offer  practical tips for co-producing support with individuals with lived experience of the care system. It will emphasise how to facilitate conversations with those who have recently left the care, as well as offering advice on cultivating an environment which is open and transparent for care leavers to share their experiences.

    • Strategies for facilitating a variety of communication channels with those who have recently left the care system
    • Identifying and addressing barriers to accessing support services for care leavers
    • Practical tips on creating a safe environment where care leavers feel comfortable sharing their experience of the care system
    • Insights into the long-term struggles of transitioning out of care and common experiences of support systems
    • Cultivating experiences where sessions can be co-directed and informed by care leavers

    Mary-anne Hodd, Trainee, Speaker and Consultant (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote:  Bridging Gaps in Provision: Meeting the Health Needs of Care Experienced Young People

    Cathy Jeremy, Designated Nurse for Care Leavers, NHS Devon (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Raising The Bar: Removing the Barriers Care Leavers Face in Gaining Positive Opportunities

    Hannah Kirkbride, Founder and CEO, Career Matters (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Evidence from practice: Identifying the Challenges Care Leavers Face and Supporting them

    Chloe Grant, Director of Services, Become (CONFIRMED)


  • Case Study: Insight from the Grand mentors Scheme: Transforming the Lives of Care Leavers 

    Maria McEvoy, Grand mentors programme manager, Volunteering Matters (CONFIRMED)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Working in Partnership to Improve Outcomes for Care Leavers

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in partnership-working to create stronger outcomes for care leavers. We encourage you to share your experiences and solutions for fostering  cross-sector collaboration whilst networking with other senior colleagues.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Aspire2University (A2U – An innovative approach to supporting care experienced students into HE.

    Melanie Harris, Aspire2 University Programme Lead, Wolverhampton University (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Raising Ambitions and Driving Improvements in the University Experience of Care Leavers

     Abstract: This session provides insight into how care leavers can be supported into and in higher education, with topics including  signposting students to academic and mental health support and developing care experienced focus groups to connect students with lived experience of the care system.

    • Ensuring bespoke guidance for care leavers through establishing a single point of contact during the transition into university
    • Developing peer-to-peer support groups to connect students who share similar lived experience
    • Co-producing accessible online study resources to help care leavers prepare and excel in exams
    • Practical tips for signposting students to financial, academic and mental health support services
    • Outreach strategies such as open days to connect and encourage university applications from care leavers

    Claire Churchill , Deputy Head of Outreach, University of Birmingham (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work with care leavers and social services.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

✓ Network with key decision makers
✓ Meet your target audience in the sector
✓ Listen and Learn from leading industry experts from across the sector
✓ Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
✓ Speak alongside industry leading experts
✓ Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email Sponsorship@GovernmentEvents.co.uk 

  • Private Sector Rate: £499.00+VAT
  • Public Sector Rate: £360.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate: £330.00+VAT

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✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

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