Children in contact with the social care system are increasingly subject to a postcode lottery of funding and support, the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care reported in 2021. Referrals to children’s services increased nationally by 5% between 2010-2020, according to the Department for Education (DfE), leading to more stretched budgets for local authorities. With tighter budgets and a high staff turnover across the sector, it has become increasingly difficult for local authorities to deliver wrap-around, personalised care for vulnerable children, according to the 2021 Review.

To address these increasingly squeezed budgets at a time of high demand, Children’s services and other local organisations across the sector must focus on multi-agency working, retaining qualified staff, and implementing evidence-based practice to reduce the variation in care and improve outcomes for children. Through sharing best practice across local authorities, schools and healthcare, practitioners can continue to develop and give children the support they deserve.

  • Authorities in England spent £9.93 billion on children’s social care in 2019/20, according to research by the House of Commons Library
  • Looked after children are nine times more likely to have SEN than the general pupil population, according to statistics published by the DfE in 2019
  • DfE data found that the number of children’s social workers in 2020 increased 2% from 2020 to 2021, although the number of staff leaving throughout the year was up 16% on the previous year

Join us at the Children’s Social Care Conference 2022 to hear the latest trends and strategies for improving children’s social care services from experts across the sector. You will hear best practice case studies showcasing a range of key topics, including integrating support and safeguarding services across organisations, guidance on ensuring a successful Ofsted inspection and developing a successful recruitment and retention strategy. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the children’s social care sector to share common challenges in engaging with families.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes from leading experts on the latest updates and funding for children’s social care services
✓ Best practice case studies demonstrating a range of strategies, including quality improvement and implementing evidence-based practice
✓ Engage with key insights from children’s services on supporting vulnerable children
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the public sector
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

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✓ Network and connect with colleagues in breakout networking sessions and the meeting hub
✓  Interact with speakers through live Q&A and networking
✓ Review event materials and presentations post-event

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

  • Online Registration
  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Rick Hood, Professor of Social Work, School of Education, Midwifery and Social Work, Kingston University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Bringing Evidence to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
    • Insights into WWCSC’s research evidence that informed the review including research into secure children’s homes, residential care, kinship care and Children in Need
    • Exploring the findings of the research and the implications for practice

    El Briggs, Director of Policy, What Works Well Centre for Children’s Social Care (CONFIRMED)

  • On-Demand Keynote: Delivering Outstanding Children’s Services: Key Insights from Ofsted
    • Sharing insights into highly-rated children’s services: overcoming key challenges and best practice policies
    • Demonstrating good practice: tips for illustrating the positive impact being made on children and young people
    • Advice for ensuring long-term, holistic support and future progression for children in care
    • Looked after children: guidance to provide safe residential care and wrap-around pastoral support
    • Insights into producing a strong annual self-evaluation of the quality of social work practice

    Jeremy Gleaden, Senior HMI for Social Care, Ofsted (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers 
  • Comfort Break
  • Breakout Networking: Sharing Tools for Successfully Engaging with Parents and Carers

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in developing healthy relationships with parents and carers of children in the social care system, ensuring the best possible outcome for the child. This will allow you to share your experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration.

  • Case Study: Parent Talk: Using Digital Services for Early Intervention and Child Safeguarding

    Lynn Roberts, Director of Growth and Service Design, Action for Children (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Safe and Together: Supporting Staff to Deliver a Child-Centred Approach to Care When Working with Domestic Violence
    • Identifying staff’s current level of knowledge
    • More information isn’t always helpful
    • Training is only the start of the journey

    Stephen Brock, Social Work Consultant, Manchester City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers
  • Lunch
  • Case Study: Driving Improvement in Children’s Services through Quality Improvement

    Steve Walker, Director, Strengthening Families Protecting Children Programme, Leeds City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: The YEF Toolkit: Using Evidence to Keep Children Safe

    Iesha Small, Head of Families and Education, Youth Endowment Fund (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers
  • Comfort Break
  • On-Demand Case Study: Sharing the Impact of Lincolnshire’s Transformation Programme Upon Children and Young People

    Tara Jones, Head of Service – Children in Care Transformation, Lincolnshire County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Developing an Outstanding Multi-Disciplinary Transition Pathway for Children with Disabilities

    Mark Walker, Director for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Disabled Children and Young People, 0 – 25 Lifespan Pathway, Kent County Council (CONFIRMED)

    Sharon Howard, Assistant Director, Disabled Children & Disabled Young People’s Service, Lifespan Pathway, Kent County Council (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 professionals who work in children’s social care.

*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 sector
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 Listen and Learn from leading experts from across the further education 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

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

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

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

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