In October 2022, the Children’s Commissioner for England published their Vision for Care Leavers, which set out clear recommendations across key areas such as health and social care, education and community. With over 10,000 young people aging out of the care system in England each year according to the Department for Education, it is now more important than ever to ensure they have access to the services and support they need in to successfully transition into independent living. Through sharing best practice, those working with care leavers can build upon their existing success and develop new strategies to tackle barriers to access, improve services and promote better outcomes for care leavers.

  • 76% of care leavers said the cost-of-living crisis has impacted their mental health, according to a 2022 survey by the National Leaving Care Bench Marking Forum
  • Care leavers make up 25% of the homeless population in England, shows a 2022 report from Home for Good
  • 41% of care leavers age 19-21 were not in education, employment, or training, according to a 2021 report from the Children’s Commissioner of England

Join us at The Care Leavers Event 2023: Improving Outcomes and Fulfilling Potential to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts and practitioners working at the forefront of driving improvements in services for care leavers. Engage with a series of best practice case studies showcasing practical tips on working across sectors, creating bespoke pathway plans, and engaging and working with care experienced young people. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the public and voluntary sector to discuss challenges you face in working in partnership to improve services for care leavers.

Why Attend:

✓ Hear high-level keynotes on the latest policy updates and guidance on supporting young people leaving care

✓ Gain practical insights into supporting care leavers into education, training, and employment opportunities and combatting digital exclusion

✓ Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies to improve services for care leavers through partnership working

✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota




This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 ✓100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Police & Criminal Justice, and ALL CPD certified

 ✓Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 ✓Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 ✓Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 ✓Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 ✓Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 ✓30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

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

  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Jonny Hoyle, Development Lead- Care Planning and Support, North Yorkshire Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Challenging (In)justice: How being Black and Care-experienced Impacts Justice System Involvement in England

    Rod Weston-Bartholomew, Assistant Director Impact (Care Journeys), Barnardo’s (CONFIRMED)

    Dr Katie Hunter, Lecturer in Criminology and ADR UK Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Supporting Care Leavers During the Cost-of-Living Crisis: National Update

    Steve McCabe MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Comfort Break 

  • Icebreaker Networking Session

  • Case Study: Improving Outcomes for Care Leavers Through Education, Employment and Training Opportunities

    • Working with local colleges and employers to secure appropriate apprenticeship and employment opportunities for care leavers
    • Insights from the Virtual School: monitoring and promoting the educational progress of care leavers to improve educational outcomes
    • Practical tips for providing career guidance and interview assistance to prepare care leavers for entering the workforce

    Mary Holder, Deputy Head of Virtual School, London Borough of Camden (CONFIRMED)

    Mark Booth, Employment Services Manager, London Borough of Camden (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers Session

  • Lunch Break 

  • Keynote: The Care Leaver Covenant: Preparing Care Leavers to Live Independently

    • Insights into the Care Leaver Covenant Outcomes and guidance on working towards these goals
    • Working with key stakeholders to create meaningful opportunities for care leavers and support them throughout their transition
    • Strategies for building confidence and resilience in care leavers to face the challenges of earning a living and encourage social mobility
    • Implementing additional support services such as mentoring and financial advice to provide care leavers with long-term stability

    Alex Latham-Reynolds, Head of Partnerships, Care Leaver Covenant (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Providing Wrap-Around Support for Young People Leaving Care to Create Pathways for Success

    Jonny Hoyle, Development Lead- Care Planning and Support, North Yorkshire Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • 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 working across sectors to improve services for care leavers. We encourage you to share your view of what successful partnership working looks like when developing services, and how you incorporate feedback from service-users. Take this time to share your experiences and network with senior colleagues.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Tackling Barriers to Higher Education for Care Leavers Through Widening Access and Participation

    • Identifying and overcoming barriers care leavers face when entering university and adapting to student life
    • Designating a member of staff to act as the first point of contact and provide specific pastoral and emotional support to care leaver students
    • Strategies for encouraging more care leavers to apply to university and guidance on supporting them throughout the application process
    • Practical tips on signposting students to financial, academic support and health services

    Natalie Bracher, Access & Success Officer and Mature Student Champion, University of Exeter (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Pre-Recorded Case Study: Creating Mental Health Services to Meet the Individual Needs of Care Leavers

    Dr Matthew Knox, Clinical Psychologist, Brandon Centre

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

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 from across the NHS
✓ 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 

  • Public Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £649.00+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of exclusive case study focused videos and articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ new uploads each month