The Future of Children’s Services Inspections


Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be:

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

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


Registration, Refreshments and Networking
Chair’s Welcome Address

Michelle Sanderson, Director, Choices and Voices (invited)


Keynote Address: The New Ofsted Inspection Of Local Authorities (ILACS) Framework And Procedure: Reviewing Progress One Year On
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of local authority services and arrangements to help and protect children
  • Developing a whole-system approach to inform decisions about how best to inspect each local authority
  • Applying a risk-based and proportionate approach to inspection
  • Standard and short inspection arrangements
  • Activity outside of inspection: self-evaluation and annual engagement

Yvette Stanley, National Director of Social Care, Ofsted (invited)


The Role Of Local Safeguarding Children Boards In Improving Children’s Services
  • The Wood Report: reviewing the role that local safeguarding children boards play in protection and safeguarding children
  • Developing a multi-agency approach including local authorities, the police, health services, probation services, the local youth offending team and CAFCASS
  • Supporting the partnership between local agencies and holding each other to account
  • The key criteria for good LSCBs
  • Preparing for the safeguarding and looked after children inspection

David Ashcroft, Chair, Association of Independent LSCB Chairs (invited)


Key Supporter Session
Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Case Study: Creating Thriving And Sustainable Children’s Services To Achieve Significant Improvement in Children’s Services
  • Developing a stable and effective senior leadership team which has driven improvement and a strong learning culture
  • Ensuring effective joint working between council-run children’s services, schools, health services, police and community services
  • Piloting an innovative new approach called Family Safeguarding to offer a whole family approach, enabling families to address their difficulties and keep their children safe
  • Working in partnership with the leading children’s charity, TACT, which operates fostering and adoption services
  • Giving care leavers good support from social workers and personal advisors

Wendy Ogle-Welbourn, Executive Director for People and Communities, Peterborough City Council (invited)


Case Study: Fostering A Culture Of Evidence-Informed Practice In Children’s Social Care
  • Identify gaps in the evidence, and create new evidence through trials and evaluations
  • Using a set of ‘evidence standards’ to rate and rank the research about ‘what works’ in children’s social care
  • Using the EMMIE framework for evidence standards: Effect, Mechanisms, Moderators and Implementation
  • Developing a framework of outcomes that are important for children and young people, their families and the services that support them
  • The store of evidence for social care professionals abut how effective different interventions are so that they can make informed decisions in policy making and service design

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive Officer, Nesta (invited)


Case Study: Using An Arms-Length Children’s Services Company To Deliver Savings While Improving Children’s Services After Receiving An ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted Rating
  • Engaging an independent, not-for-profit company to deliver the best possible opportunities and providing excellent services for vulnerable children
  • Making savings of £11.4m over the next three years to hep Reading Borough Council balance its budget
  • Transforming the way that children’s, early help, educational and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are delivered over the next two years
  • Receiving £5.4 m in transformation funding from the Department for Education for 2019/20 and 2020/21 and £2.1m from RBC for 2019/20
  • Putting in place a robust transformation plan with associated resources

Anthony Kildare, Managing Director, Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Lunch and Networking
Keynote Address: The Impact Of Government Cuts In Funding Of Children’s Services On Service Delivery
  • The impact of ongoing austerity cuts: putting thousands more children at risk of being placed in care
  • The growing pressure on vulnerable families: rising child poverty, mental illness and increased incidence of sexual and criminal exploitation
  • Ensuring children’s services in the poorest areas are properly resourced: the need for extra investment and a funding overhaul
  • Analysing regional variations in per-head funding cuts and rising demand for services
  • Local authority spending on late and early intervention services

Julie Bentley, Chief Executive, Action for Children (invited)


Case Study: Improving An ‘Inadequate’ Rating To ‘Good’ At A Children’s Services Trust
  • Identifying children’s needs and responding to them proactively through an integrated ‘front door’
  • Developing good partnership working with police and health services
  • Ensuring consistency in the quality of children’s plans
  • Improving services for care leavers to enable them to be better supported to successfully live independent lives
  • Working with the council to continue making progress for children and young people

Lisa Humphreys, Chief Executive, Slough Children’s Services Trust (invited)


Case Study: Achieving Rapid And Significant Improvement In Children’s Services: Going From ‘Requires Improvement’ To ‘Good’
  • Making sure that political leaders are visible to and engaged with children and staff
  • Developing a good understanding of the service and ensuring more vigorous scrutiny and a greater focus across the council on meeting he needs of vulnerable children
  • Delivering access to early help services and a comprehensive range of support commissioned through an external provider via a network of family centres across the island
  • Improving the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers
  • Building stable, experienced leadership, increased capacity and a focus on continuous improvement through a strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight  and Hampshire County Council

Steve Crocker, Director of Children’s Services, Isle of Wight and Hampshire County Councils (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Keynote Address: Scrutinising Alternative Delivery Models For Children’s Services
  • Considering the best way to deliver children’s services locally: providing a chance to highlight and challenge assumptions about how services are organised and structured
  • Organisational forms: examining the options for delivering children’s services such as outsourcing, joint arrangements commissioning from the local voluntary sector and setting up separate entities such as independent children’s trusts or a Local Authority Trading Company
  • The role of scrutiny on influencing the development of effective local services for children
  • Establishing a robust accountability framework: key questions to consider about accountability
  • Taking a child-centred approach to place the voice and interests of children and young people at the core of decisions about their lives

Cllr Antoinette Bramble, Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board Leader, Hackney Council (invited)


Case Study: Achieving An ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Report For Services For Children In Need Of Help And Protection And Looked-After Children By Developing a Whole Council Approach
  • Embedding a shared vision placing children and families at the heart of everything the council does
  • Driving authentic leadership that is personally invested and committed to achieve better outcomes
  • Putting the views of young people at the centre of service development
  • Effective and coordinated partnership working: a system leadership approach across partner agencies including police, health, education, foster carers and adopters
  • Investing in staff to create an experienced, well trained and stable workforce

Mick Gibbs, Director of Children and Community Resilience, North Lincolnshire Council (invited)


Case Study: Developing A Multi-Agency Approach To Child Protection By Developing Partnership Working Between Schools And Local Authorities
  • Forming an alliance with other schools to inform parents about the resources and support that are available within each school for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and additional needs
  • Working with the social worker and family support team to support families where children are at risk of neglect or abuse
  • Referring children to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to offer support to parents, carers, children’s services professionals, and young people with severe mental health disorders
  • The family support keyworker team: providing a link between school and family
  • Bringing together therapists from the National Health Service and the council to offer therapy services

Craig Shelton, Deputy Headteacher and SENCO, All Saints C.E. Primary School (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

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Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be:

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

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


Sponsorship and Exhibition

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 across the Mental Health Sector
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts 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 [email protected] 


Prices and Discount

Public Sector Rate:

  1.    £379
  2.    £349
  3. + £319

Private Sector Rate:

  1.    £550
  2. + £520

Voluntary Sector Rate:

  1.    £299
  2. + £269

Event Documentation: *If you can’t attend the event you can purchase the event documentation

Electronic – £99 Printed – £99

Group bookings: If you would like to make a group booking of 5 or more please call 0330 058 4285 to find out if we can offer any more discount.

*All prices are excluding VAT

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


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