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Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Conference

Thursday 26 October 2017

Walking the Walk: Two Years On

About the Covenant

The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant was launched in October 2015, to help change the lives of care leavers. It supports Scotland’s corporate parents, carers, practitioners, managers and decision makers. Over 500 organisations and individuals have endorsed the Covenant so far and it’s being used by corporate parents, at both strategic and operational level, to remove barriers, change culture and improve core practice.

About the conference

We're offering leaders, decision makers and practitioners an opportunity to reflect, find out about the latest research, share learning from operational and strategic perspectives, and to meet and network.

It's two years since the launch of the Covenant - what's changed and how have you integrated it into your role as corporate parents? You'll hear about the journey so far and the opportunities and challenges faced.

We've planned a day packed with fantastic speakers, workshops that will stimulate debate and really get under the skin of the Covenant and of corporate parenting. We'll round the day off with an all-important networking event.

Keynote speakers

We’re delighted to announce our keynote speakers:

Emeritus Professor Mike Stein from the University of York

Professor Stein has many years experience in training and consultancy work with local authorities and voluntary organisations to improve their services for vulnerable teenagers. He is a joint co-ordinator of the Transitions from Care to Adulthood International Research group (INTRAC) representing 17 countries.

Professor Stein was involved in the preparation of Guidance for Leaving Care legislation in the UK  and is currently a member of UNICEF's Children's Rights Partners Advisory Group and Social Finance steering committee, Leaving Care Analytics Hub.

Judith Tait, Service Manager Strategic Scrutiny (Children and Justice), the Care Inspectorate

Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland


About the workshops

Delegates will choose from four fantastic workshops which will be linked to the guiding principles 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’.

Event details

When: 26 October 2017
Where: The Studio, Glasgow
Time: 9.00 - 16.30
Cost: £25 per person

The Studio, Glasgow

Contact Organiser


Michelle McCue
celcis.learning@strath.ac.uk
T: 0141 444 8529

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