Schedule and Seminars


Time: 9:00

Welcome, Steph How, Deputy Director for Children’s Services (Children and Families),
Hampshire County Council

Time: 09:30 – 09:45

The ASYE Year

Time: 10:00 – 10:40

This collaborative workshop seeks to explore and give insight to the format of the ASYE Year across several different local authorities. This session is suitable for students and social workers in their first year of employment.

Lisa Willis, Hampshire County Council, in partnership with neighbouring local authorities

Social Workers Change Lives: Inspiring Stories from the Choose Social Work campaign

Time: 10:50 – 11:50

Launched in June 2023 Community Care’s Choose Social Work campaign champions the inspiring, brave and emotional work social workers do every day. Choose Social Work shows the difference that social work can make and inspires the next generation to choose social work as a fulfilling rewarding career - as well as encouraging current practitioners to stick with it. In this session we will share the highlights of Choose Social Work with speakers who have contributed to the campaign.

Jenny Molloy – patron, Trevi Women and author, trainer and motivational speaker.

Care experienced author and campaigner, Jenny will share why social workers have been so important in her life.

Yewande - social worker and manager will talk about what she wishes she had known before she became a
social worker.

Jen Salter - Director of Families and Children at Wiltshire Council

Deprivation of Liberty

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Jem Mason, Hampshire County Council

Jem Mason, Strategic Service Manager for Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty within the Adults Health and Care Directorate, Hampshire County Council.

The detention of young people aged 16 and 17 under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) can be a confusing area of practice. A recent change in the law which promised to simplify things has been placed on hold indefinitely. This session will explain the current legal framework, case law findings and advice on best practice from the Courts.

Social Work England - CPD review

Time: 13:15– 13:55

This Social Work England session offers an overview of CPD, the changes to the requirements and how to meet the requirements for this registration year. Join us to find out more about Social Work England, the CPD requirements and to contribute to a discussion about peer reflection.

Suitable for experienced and training social workers.

Gavin Moorghen, Social Work England

Secondary Trauma, Supporting Teams

Time: 14:00 – 14:40

Secondary trauma is a risk for all social workers and something managers need to understand as we move towards increased awareness of what can impact teams on the frontline.

Attend this session to:

  • Understand the risks of secondary trauma and consider how we can support teams with healthy practice as opposed to “treating” the problem.
  • Understand the limits and boundaries of the role when working with and supporting staff.

Sass Boucher MSc MBACP, counsellor psychotherapist, lecturer and co-founder of SelfCare Psychology.

Sass is a practicing Counsellor and Psychotherapist, working with a wide range of private clients and referrals from health, social care and education settings.

Her MSc research ‘Looking Through a Lens of Terribleness’ explored and aimed to understand professionals’ needs when working with, and listening to, those affected by trauma, this work led to the formation of SelfCare Psychology Ltd.

Sass is also a lecturer and practice tutor on the MSc Counselling Psychotherapy course at Keele University. She previously trained as a social work practice educator and worked in specialist domestic abuse services in a variety of roles, frontline support and service management and as a local authority domestic abuse partnership co-ordinator.

Kate Collier, head of learning and development, Black Country Women’s Aid and co-founder of SelfCare Psychology

Kate Collier is practice and development director and co-founder of SelfCare Psychology. She develops new training and tools and has taken SelfCare Psychology’s training online with the development of interactive live workshops and

She has a special interest in early intervention in wellbeing through education for social care and health professionals born out of her personal struggle with professional trauma and fatigue.

Her experience spans training as a social worker and independent domestic violence adviser and designing, delivering and managing services for women facing multiple disadvantages.

Prioritising your wellbeing; How to build a sustainable self-care plan

Time: 14:50 – 15:30

Ready to prioritise yourself for a change? Want to improve your self-care?

In the demanding field of social work, self-care often takes a backseat, even though you are regularly exposed to distress and trauma. This seminar is expertly crafted to address the specific challenges you face while equipping you with essential insights and actionable tools to construct a trauma-informed self-care strategy.

Discover personalised self-care approaches designed to meet your individual needs whilst using a trauma-informed approach. By the end of this seminar, you will not only have a deeper understanding of trauma and self-care but also a concrete self-care plan in hand. It's time to shift your focus and put yourself first!

Join this informative and transformative seminar to improve your work life balance.

Le’Siran Edwards, Leadership coach for social workers and managers, Social Work Coaching Hub

The Social Work Coaching Hub is an empowering platform for social workers to strengthen leadership skills, prioritise well-being and become emotionally intelligent leaders. They offer professional leadership development coaching - learning and development practice resources and in-person events. This includes the “Dear Social Worker, Let'sTalk” podcast which has gained popularity among an ever-expanding global audience of social workers.

Certificates and closing

Time: 15:30– 16:00


CV and application advice

Alongside the seminars we will also be running our popular one-to-one CV and application advice sessions. These are bookable, 15-minute appointments, where a member of the recruitment team from different exhibiting Local Authorities can review your CV and provide guidance on job vacancies.

Sessions are bookable at the registration desk.