The seminar will include a keynote address from Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England and Craig Whittaker MP, Member, Education Select Committee.
Timed as the Children and Families Bill is expected to become law, this seminar will focus on key issues around children in care in England at a time of considerable reform.
Delegates will discuss changes to the adoption system included in the Bill, as well as Government’s proposals for a ’fundamental overhaul’ of children’s residential care, including greater transparency and accountability around commissioning. Initiatives to improve the education of children in care and the new cross-government strategy to support care leavers in the transition to further and higher education, employment, and adulthood more widely will also be considered.
This conference will bring together key policymakers and regulatory officials with stakeholders with an interest in the support available for children in care, including local authority representatives, children’s charities, children’s home providers, schools and college leaders, community groups, academics and social work bodies.
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