Robust and child-centred social services are key to improving outcomes for children and young people in vulnerable circumstances. In May 2022, the Independent Review on Children’s Social Care’s final report concluded that the current children’s social care system required “radical reset”, and outlined vital recommendations in the areas of family support, child protection the care market, the care experience and the workforce. In response to the review, the Government announced a long-term strategy to reform children’s social care. With urgent change required, councils must also work together to take action to implement these reforms at a local level and provide long-term support for vulnerable children.

  • The Independent Review for Children’s Social Care reports that the social cost for each child that needs a social worker is up to £720,000 over their lifetime
  • There was a 10% increase in Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans for children with SEND from 2021-2022, as found by the Department for Education
  • In 2021, the social worker turnover rate was 15.4%. This was the highest rate recorded in the last five years, according to Government data
  • In 2022, the proportion of LAs judged good or outstanding by Ofsted for overall effectiveness rose to 53%, from 50% in the previous year

Join us at The Children’s Social Care Conference 2023: Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Children 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, such as early intervention, multi-agency collaboration and recruiting and retaining and developing social workers. 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 hard-to-reach families.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes from leading experts on the latest updates and reforms 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 of all backgrounds
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the public sector
✓ CPD (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 Local Government and Social Care, 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

    Tracee Green, Head of the Centre for Child Protection and Senior Lecturer, University of Kent (CONFIRMED)

  • The Current Landscape of the Children’s Social Care Workforce: Updates from BASW

    • Insights into BASW’s key messages in response to the Independent Review of Children Social Care
    • Value-based practice: using a clinical skills approach to work with complex and conflicting values
    • Guidance on how system leaders and organisations can support the workforce and increase retention

    Rebekah Pierre, Professional Officer, British Association of Social Workers (BASW) (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Taking Action to Prevent Out-of-Area Placements for Children in the Care System

    • Key insights, updates and recommendations from the Gone Too Far report
    • Lived experience: understanding the negative impact out-of-area placements can have
    • Co-producing social care services in collaboration with children and young people: key tips

    Jo Petty, Campaigns & Participation Manager  Become (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: How to Embed an Early Help Approach to Reducing Parental Conflict

    • Identifying families and households at-risk of vulnerability to prevent adverse childhood experiences and the involvement of statutory social care
    • Engaging with parents and carers to ensure the family’s needs are taken into consideration when designing interventions
    • Delivering co-produced early help: ensuring that people with lived experience shape the services they receive
    • Using data to measure the impact of early intervention initiatives: key tips and recommendations

    Anna Elliott, Supporting Families Coordinator, Ealing Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Transformation: Creating a Universal Service to Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Drive Positive Change

    Nikki Lawrence, Head of Childrens Public Health Nursing and Head of Children’s Community Continence Service, Sirona Health and Care CIC (CONFIRMED)

    Penny Hazelwood, Professional Lead for Public Health Nursing, Sirona Health and Care CIC (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Best Practice in Supporting and Engaging with Hard-to-Reach Families

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in engaging with families who are reluctant to access children’s social care services, allowing you to share their experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration

  • Lunch

  • Keynote: Using Trauma-Informed Approaches to Improve Safeguarding Procedures and Outcomes Across the Lifespan

    • Addressing the impact of adverse childhood experiences on childhood and adulthood
    • Embedding a trauma informed approach into safeguarding practice and other types of social work
    • Key tips for taking a child-centred approach: removing the focus from processes and onto the child
    • Encouraging all safeguarding professionals to take the lifelong view to promote wellbeing both now and into adult life
    • Developing reflective approach to safeguarding that is personalised and attuned to the child

    Ellie Haworth, Head of Partnerships and Practice Development, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) (CONFIRMED)

    Ewa Wnorowska, Safeguarding Practice Development Consultant, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Working in Partnership with Virtual Schools to Improve Education for Children in Care

    John Edgar, Virtual School Head, Essex County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

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

    Sharon Howard, Assistant Director, Disabled Children & Disabled Young People’s Service, Lifespan Pathway, Kent County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • 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
 Meet your target audience
 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

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 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.

  • Public Sector: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector: £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