Programme of events

Brief welcome from Isabelle Trowler
Chief Social Worker for Children and Families

Exhibition Hall

Time
10:00

Session length
5 mins

Opening of event and welcome from Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families and Steve Crocker, Director of Children’s Services, Hampshire County Council.

Main hall and exhibitor stalls to remain open all day.

King Alfred Chamber

Theatre style, seats 150

Presentation from Isabelle Trowler
Chief Social Worker for Children and Families

Suitable for all.

Time
10:15 – 11:15

Session length
1 hour

Child Sexual Abuse: The Challenges, the Myths and what we can do about it

While the exact scale of sexual abuse is unknown, research would indicate that only 1 in 8 children who are sexually abused come to the attention of statutory services.

What are the challenges for social workers in identifying and effectively responding to concerns of sexual abuse in the family environment, and what can we do about

Suitable for all.

Speaker
Anna Glinski, Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)

Time 11:30 – 12:30

Session length
1 hour

Community Care Inform and Professor David Shemmings – Direct work workshop

Beyond wishes and feelings in direct work: the need for trauma-informed, theory-informed and research-informed practice. During this session, Professor David Shemmings will address three points:

  • How can practitioners remain emotionally present when working with children?
  • When children have told us their ‘wishes and feelings’ ... what do we do next?
  • How do we prevent ‘wishes and feelings’ work becoming yet another ‘box to tick’?

In addition, the Community Care Inform team will discuss ways in which social workers can use Community Care Inform direct work tools to support informed practice. The team will cover:

  • The Direct Work hub on Community Care Inform
  • Quickly and easily logging your CPD
  • Tips and time saving features

Speaker(s)
Professor David Shemmings and Community Care Inform

Suitable for all.

Time 12:45 – 13:45

Session length
1 hour

The ASYE Year

This collaborative workshop seeks to explore and give insight to the format of the ASYE Year across a number of different local authorities

Speaker(s)
Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council

Suitable for students and newly qualified Social Workers.

Time
14:00 – 15:00

Session length
1 hour

Legal Masterclass

Care proceedings are becoming more challenging and there is a greater emphasis on good report writing and the impact upon children. Social workers are being called to be more analytical in their approach.

Attend this session to learn how robust evidence can help to make you an impressive witness in court, and understand and gain confidence.

Suitable for experienced Social Workers.

Speaker
Rashpaul Hothi, Senior Solicitor, Hampshire County Council

Time
15:15 – 16:15

Session length
1 hour

King Charles Hall

Informal workshop style, seats 100

Drop in session – What does good participation look like from a young person’s perspective

Suitable for all.

Speakers
Care ambassadors and participation officers from local authorities

Time
11:30 – 12:15

Session length
45 mins

Case study – Effectively identifying and tackling neglect

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Children’s Safeguarding Boards launched their shared neglect strategy in 2016, following a significant period of multi-agency work and development.

Gain an overview of the strategy: a framework for identifying and tackling neglect, which includes:

  • A thresholds chart and guide to recognising types of neglect.
  • A useful online practitioners’ toolkit, developed to accompany the strategy.

Practice using the toolkit through a number of case studies. Hear about the interventions that are supporting sustained change in neglect cases.

Suitable for all.

Speaker
Kathy Marriott, Area Director, Children and Families, Hampshire County Council & Isle of Wight Partnership

Time 12:30 – 13:45

Session length
1 hour and 15 mins

Community Care Workshop – What do social workers value most about their working lives and career development?

Community Care will be sharing key findings from its latest biannual Jobseeker survey research. More than 1,000 social workers shared their views on career progression opportunities within the profession, ways of working and the core benefits and work environments most important to recruit or retain social workers. At the core of this interactive session, delegates will be asked to analyse and discuss the findings of the research. Join the debate to find out more – and offer your views about:

  • What career progression opportunities are most valued by social workers and how these can be enhanced
  • What ways of working and working patterns are preferred
  • What are the core considerations social workers are telling employers are the most important to them

Speaker
Sarah Dennis, Deputy Editor, Community Care

Suitable for experienced Social Workers.

Time
14:00 – 15:00

Session length
1 hour

British Association of Social Workers (BASW) workshop – The Changing Landscape of Social Work

Speaker
Maris Stratulis, National Director, BASW England

In this interactive session, BASW will update you on recent and upcoming changes for the social work sector, including the refresh of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and continuing professional development pathways, the refresh of the employer standards for Social Work and upcoming legislative changes. In addition, BASW will present recent findings in relation to Social Worker’s Working Conditions in the UK and seek to explore your social work values and purpose within the changing climate.

Suitable for all.

Time
15:15 – 16:15

Session length
1 hour

Event Close: 16:30