Improving provision for care leavers – implementing the Care Leaver Covenant and local offers, and the transition into further education and employment – 09 Jan 2020

Westminster Education Forum policy conference

09 January 2020 – Central London

with
Mark Riddell, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers, Department for Education
Matthew Brazier, Specialist Adviser for Looked After Children, Ofsted
Matthew Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Spectra First
Ann James, Director of Children and Families, Bristol City Council

and
Emma Bennett, Wolverhampton City Council; Suzanne Cain, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Siân Edwards, Andrews Charitable Trust; Kate McGoey, Barclays LifeSkills; Toby North, The Children’s Society; Paul Startup and Rachel Calver, Kent County Council; Maria Tottle, University of Bristol and Frank Young, Centre for Social Justice

Chaired by:
Ann Coffey MP, Education and Families Spokesperson, The Independent Group for Change
Steve McCabe MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

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Note: fees apply to most delegates, but concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions – see below).
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The discussion comes as government continues to develop its approach to supporting young people leaving care through:

• Introduction of the Care Leaver Covenant which aims to provide additional support for those leaving care; and
• Publication by every local authority of local offers for care leavers.

There will be keynote contributions from Mark Riddell, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers, Department for Education and Matthew Brazier, Specialist Adviser for Looked After Children, Ofsted.

The agenda
• Policy priorities for supporting care leavers;
• Implementation of local offers, funding for local authorities and developing effective partnerships;
• Progress in implementing key measures for supporting young people leaving care – the care leaver covenant, social impact bonds and raising attainment in higher education;
• Inspecting the standard of support for care leavers; and
• Case studies in improving outcomes for care leavers – transition to further and higher education, supporting care leavers into work and ensuring effective support is available until 25.

The Care Leaver Covenant
With more than 50 employers, charities and all central government departments committing to the Covenant, delegates will assess progress made in its implementation and how to ensure young people are aware of and take up the opportunities it offers.

Matthew Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Spectra First, the Government’s delivery partner for the covenant will deliver a keynote address at the seminar.

Social Impact Bonds and support for transition from school
There will be wider discussion on how to support care leavers in further education, training and employment including initial findings from the trials of the three Social Impact Bond Projects taking place in three different areas with the aim of preventing care leavers being out of work and training.

Ann James, Director of Children and Families, Bristol City Council will deliver a keynote presentation on the trial of the Bond project in Bristol.

Delegates will also look at the role further and higher education providers can play in supporting care leavers, and improving HE access and participation.

It follows the publication by the Government of guiding principles for HE institutions to improve their offer for care leavers including how to support care leavers before they enter HE, and financial and practical support such as accommodation provision and ensuring adequate support networks are in place.

Local Offer- including a case study
Further sessions will consider current local authority provision, in light of the publication by each local authority of local offers for young people leaving care.

There will be discussion on developing best practice models and implementing them across different areas.

It includes a contribution from Paul Startup, Head of Service, 18 + Care Leavers Service and Rachel Calver, Service Manager for Transition, Leaving Care Service of Kent County Council on the development of their Care Leavers Strategy, particularly in improving the stability of care leavers and the support available to them.

Delegates will examine the implementation more widely of the offers so far, including:
• The development of a joined up and whole local authority approach which includes each area of the council;
• The financial impact on local authorities; and
• Steps being taken by local authorities to improve their provision, such as through the Innovation Fund.

There will also be discussion on how local authorities can develop effective and coordinated partnerships with education providers, health and housing services and charities to create a platform for young people leaving care.

The draft agenda is available to download here.

Speakers

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Mark Riddell, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers, Department for Education; Ann James, Director of Children and Families, Bristol City Council; Matthew Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Spectra First and Matthew Brazier, Specialist Adviser for Looked After Children, Ofsted.

Further confirmed speakers include: Emma Bennett, Director of Children’s Services, Wolverhampton City Council; Suzanne Cain, Service Manager CAMHS Specialist services, CYPS Specialist Services, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Siân Edwards, Executive Director, Andrews Charitable Trust; Kate McGoey, Senior Programme Manager, Barclays LifeSkills; Toby North, Senior Public Affairs Officer, The Children’s Society; Paul Startup, Head of Service, 18 + Care Leavers Service, Kent County Council and Rachel Calver, Service Manager for Transition, Leaving Care Service, Kent County Council; Maria Tottle, Mature Students’ and Peer Support Adviser, University of Bristol and Frank Young, Political Director and Head, Family Policy Unit, Centre for Social Justice.

Ann Coffey MP, Education and Families Spokesperson, The Independent Group for Change and Steve McCabe MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (subject to Parliamentary business) have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

Booking arrangements
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