There could not be a more perfect time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Scotland's flagship residential child care conference. SIRCC is a standout, annual event in the calendar for those working with looked after children in Scotland. We are currently in a unique place, buoyed by the political and societal commitment to children, where we can reflect, challenge, plan and awaken new and lasting possibilities in residential child care. It's all of us who have been, and will be, the driving force for change.
As a residential child care community we've faced strong headlines, inquiries, reviews, policy and legal changes, qualification processes and our wrangle with risk. The language we use may have evolved through the decades, and relationships might have been tested, however, we continue to remain hopeful, enquiring and passionate about our work.
In 2019 we encourage you to be part of our programme, sharing your stories and wisdom, as well as envisioning endless possibilities. This is YOUR conference and a place to share your practice, challenges and successes. We encourage you to dig deep and dream big across residential child care in Scotland - the floor is yours!
Deadline for submissions: Friday 11 January.
Professor Anglin began his career as a child and youth care worker in a mental health centre in Vancouver, after which he developed a 6-bed group home for young people in Victoria. Following this, Jim pursued graduate studies and worked in social policy before joining the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria where he is Emeritus Professor and former Director. Jim's major research interests have focused on a re-appreciation of residential care for children and young people and he is currently involved in researching the implementation and impact of a principle-based approach to residential care.
Louise is a renowned and award-winning poet, playwright and performer from Manchester, who is known as an explosive artists who 'detonates her audiences' imaginations'. Brought up in 13 different children's homes in England, Louise wrote her first play at the age of 17. Louise's career took off in 1998 and her plays have been broadcast by the BBC, graced the stage of the Sydney Opera House, Royal Exchange and Contact Manchester. Louise has made 20 films with young people around the UK and continues to be in demand from artists, supporting them with mentoring.
When: 4 & 5 June 2019
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Cost: from £135 per person
0141 444 8529