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Raising aspirations for young people in care conference

  • 22 June 2022
  • 9.00AM - 3.00PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: Yes
  • The Curve, Middlesbrough Campus  |  Directions

Closing date for registrations: 21 June 2.00pm

Join us for our eighth annual raising aspirations conference bringing together key people responsible for shaping the future of our young people in care. You discuss ways to work together to encourage participation, achievement and progression in education.

Who is the conference for?
• Foster carers (local authority and independent)
• Children’s home employees
• Social workers
• Personal advisers
• Designated teachers
• Virtual head teachers and educational staff
• Local authority teams responsible for young people in and leaving care

Keynote: Learning from the experiences of young people in care, Adele Gladman
The poor outcomes for those in care (socially, educationally, and emotionally) are well documented. Exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, this is an area of practice facing challenges like never before. Repeatedly what we hear from those in care is how important education, relationships and personal interactions with professionals and carers are.

Adele Gladman is an independent safeguarding consultant and a mum of 15-year-old twins. In December 2021 she also became a carer for her daughter’s best friend, Aaron. Delivered by Adele and supported by Aaron, who is speaking publicly for the first time, Aaron discusses his journey, conversations with his peers in care, and his thoughts on what those in professional and caring positions can do to improve the experiences of children in care.


Please select one (AM) workshop and one (PM) workshop.

1. Modelling coherence: safer caring, The Kaizen Partnership Ltd
You reflect on children and young people’s raised anxieties following the pandemic and lockdown and explore how to best support them, developing strategies to create conditions of safe uncertainty.

2. Supporting ourselves as professionals, The Kaizen Partnership Ltd
We are in the midst of a mental health emergency affecting young people, their families and the youth professionals who support them. You explore how to spot the signs of lowering resilience and identify support strategies to maintain your own and your team’s, wellbeing and capacity in this challenging environment.

3. Dealing with mental health and suicide, Catherine O’Neil - Teesside University
Suicide rates are almost three times as likely in children in the care system compared to non-care populations (Evans et al, 2017). This workshop supports you to understand suicide, provides you with the opportunity to practice how to talk about suicide with young people and utilise resources that are available around managing suicide risk.

4. Examining best practice within the sector
Working with a local authority, we examine their outstanding work and commitments to care leavers in a practical, financial and supportive setting. Hear how they have developed a positive culture and strong and supportive relationships with young people in care.

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