The SIRCC conference is a standout, annual event for those working in residential child care in Scotland. Since our launch, we have explored some significant themes, including the power of relationships, culture aspiration, the care journey and pushing the boundaries of the system we exist within.
We know the importance of intentionally and consistently using little or seemingly ordinary things to support healing and development in children and young people’s lives over time, and inspired by a focus on the strong, positive roles we can provide for children in care, we are turning our focus to the power of the everyday.
Themes such as risk, trauma, parenting, love, language, and physical restraint may be relevant to this focus on the everyday, and there will be space to challenge, debate, discuss and share experiences with your peers and with young people themselves. There will be a true participation focus, with the clear voices of people with care experience included across the programme.
We welcome programme contributions from residential practitioners at all levels, young people and adults with care experience, academics and researchers, and partners working alongside the residential community. If you'd like to share your practice, challenges and successes, through a workshop or poster presentation, you can find out more below.
Heather has worked with young people in residential care for 30 years and is currently Provincial Director of Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador, an organisation providing residential and family-based care to children and young people. Past roles include President of the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations, and founding board member of the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada. Heather's main areas of interest include residential care, families, child and youth care worker development, supervision and organisational culture.
Adam is a clinical psychologist at the Edinburgh Access Practice, a service dedicated to providing healthcare to those who experience exclusion from mainstream services. Adam also provides input to a wide range of public and third sector organisations across the homeless sector. Previously, Adam established a clinical psychology service in a rural district of New Zealand working with marginalised populations, before returning to Scotland and developing his current service. Adam's interests include health inequalities, exclusion dynamics, early years and the psychology of diversity.
When: 9 - 10 June 2020
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Cost: Details to follow
0141 444 8529