FCA host successful education conference

Archived: Posted September 29, 2017

On Friday 22nd September, we hosted an education conference in Aylesbury, which saw delegates attend from as far afield as Northern Ireland and as local as Aylesbury itself.

We had a range of stakeholders present including local authorities, foster carers, FCA social workers, therapists and personnel from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. We also had in excess of 50 foster carers. The theme for the day was ‘raising the educational attainment of Looked after Children.’

What happened on the day

Six keynote speakers were approached earlier in the year with the task of presenting to the audience and ensuring the message at the heart of their presentations was to keep the child in mind. The day opened with Felicity Evans (Head of Hertfordshire Virtual school) and was followed by Judy Sebba, Rees Centre and then our own FCA therapist. Following this, Helen Drew from the University of Sussex delivered a presentation on emerging mental health issues for Looked After Children in transition. The afternoon then concluded with one of our own young people and then Ian Thomas on their experiences in school and the respective journey’s they were both on.

The day was a mixture of research combined with practice being illuminated with personal experiences. The feedback overall was excellent with one of keynote speakers describing the conference as the best they’d been to.

It was also a day where we utilised our carers. I asked three of our carers and a staff member to introduce and close the speakers. This ensured that everyone who attended in some way felt connected to each other and the event itself.

This was a good event on many levels. There will be positive changes for children, the feedback we received reflected this. It was also good for our profile as a company and on a local level for cementing and developing existing relationships.

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