Permanence in foster care conference early bird places announced


The Fostering Network is pleased to announce that early bird places are now available for our conference, Permanence in Foster Care: improving choices and life chances for children and young people, which will take place on Thursday, 17 September.

Developed with fostering services, this conference will focus on permanence in foster care in England. You will hear from key policy makers, learn from services which are implementing the changes and contribute to ongoing policy and practice development to ensure permanence options such as Staying Put really work for children and young people. This event is essential for everyone involved in fostering, particularly supervising social workers; children’s social workers; independent reviewing officers and fostering team managers.
Confirmed speakers include:

•    Katie Law, deputy director of children in care, Department for Education;
•    Kevin Williams, chief executive, The Fostering Network;
•    Matthew Brazier, national lead for looked after children, Ofsted;
•    Paul Denis, policy officer, Department for Education;
•    Ian Dixon, CEO, Xcel 2000;
•    Michelle Cuffe, managing director, Excel Fostering.

Ian Dixon, Chair of National Steering Group of Independent Fostering Providers, said: “This event is crucial for understanding the new long term fostering legislation and guidance in England and exploring their impact on our practice. 

“With some excellent speakers and good practice sessions, I would encourage all my fostering colleagues to attend.” 

Early bird – for the first 50 places. This include the full conference programme, refreshments, lunch and a copy of our All You Need to Know - Planning for Looked After Children Handbook.

Foster carer member - £140
Organisation member - £195
Non-member - £245
Young person - £90

Special offer: children's social workers 
We are committed to including children’s social workers as vital members of the team around the child, so we have introduced a special member price for two social workers booking from the same organisation when at least one is a children’s social worker – both can attend for £120. Offer limited to first 30 delegates booked together. 

Foster carer member - £155
Organisation member - £225
Non-member - £275
Young person - £90

Please note that other professionals connected to a local authority that is an organisational member of The Fostering Network will be able to take advantage of organisational member prices for this event.

The conference will take place at Park Crescent Conference Centre, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN on Thursday, 17 September, between 9.30am and 4pm.

Take advantage of our early bird prices and book online, email or call 020 7620 6445