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Conference – Walking the Walk: Two Years On: Looking back to move forward

26th October 2017


We’re delighted to announce our keynote speaker, Emeritus Professor Mike Stein from the University of York, who along with corporate leaders will set the scene. Professor Stein is one of the UK’s leading academics in his field and for the past 25 years has been researching the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving care.

About the workshops

We’re looking for submissions for stimulating, participative and interactive workshops, which should be built around the guiding principles [https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55c07acee4b096e07eeda6e8/t/562791dce4b006909419f0df/1445433820816/Summary-Scottish_Care_Leavers_Covenant.pdf] of the Covenant:

Care proofing of policy

Corporate parents recognise the vulnerability of care leavers as young adults, and prioritise and reference them in policy documents.

Assumption of entitlement

Corporate parents will assume all care leavers are entitled to services, support and opportunities, up to their 26th birthday. Where discretion exists in definitions of vulnerability, or in giving priority access, these will be in favour of care leavers.

Staying Put and Continuing Care

Corporate parents will demonstrate that looked after young people and care leavers are actively encouraged, enabled and empowered to benefit from ‘Staying Put’ arrangements, remaining in positive care settings until they are ready to move on.

Relationship-based practice

Corporate parents will demonstrate that priority is given to relationship-based practice, based on understanding, empathy, respect, and ‘stickability’.

You should consider a co-production approach particularly with care experienced young people or in tandem with another service provider or corporate parenting organisation. The submission should demonstrate collaborative practice and highlight how the Covenant is used to influence core practice and improve the lives of care experience young people.

The closing date for submissions is 13 July 2017.


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