Residential child care works with and for children, young people and families with a range of complex needs. At the heart of residential child care is relationships. Children and research tells us that the quality of relationships with adults, the support to spend time with family members and a homely environment truly matters to them.
The developmental aspects of children's everyday lives are crucial in making a difference and creating a hopeful future for them. However, not all children get the chance to experience a loving, nurturing and safe childhood. And this is where you step in.
We're delighted to confirm our keynote speakers for the conference:
Laura joined the University of Strathclyde in 2003 and works across the School of Social Work & Social Policy and CELCIS. She currently leads the MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care and teaches on the BA in Social Work and the international MSc in Child and Youth Care Studies. Laura is passionate about activities which serve the development of practice towards enhanced care, development and life chances for children who are looked after.
Ruth is the Head of the Social Work Subject group at the University of Stirling and has been a practicing social worker since 1992. Ruth's longstanding interest is in the methods used to support children and families in their recovery from trauma. Her research focuses on how children use and navigate 'the everyday', and she has explored how friendships, school and routines as everyday events hold significant interest for children.
Michael is Associate Medical Director for Mental Health & Addiction Services in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Michael trained as a GP in Glasgow, then as a psychiatrist in the West of Scotland and Melbourne, Australia, and is a founding member of the 'See Me' campaign against stigma in Scotland. A key research interest for Michael is the influence of attachment and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and he is a founding member of the multi-agency Scottish Adverse Childhood Experiences Hub, hosted by NHS Health Scotland.
Nominations are now open for the residential child care workforce to nominate in the following categories:
Children and young people can get involved too! Nominate your Residential Superstar or Dream Team to share how they've helped make a real difference for you during your time in residential child care.
Nominations now close on Wednesday 23 May 2018
When: 5 & 6 June
Where: Hilton Grosvenor, Edinburgh
Time: 09.30 - 16.30
Cost: from £145 per person per day
0141 444 8529