Resources

NNECL Conference 2018

Workshop descriptions (full list)

Workshop 2

Title

Understanding the role of sport/physical activity in promoting wellbeing and belonging for care-experienced young people and care leavers.

Presenters

Dr. Thomas Quarmby (Leeds Beckett University), Dr. Rachel Sandford (Loughborough University).

Description

Being in care can be hard, but even more so if you are also thinking about your sexual orientation and/ or gender identity. Many young people today identify more and more so along inclusive spectrums of gender and sexual orientation, instead of the tradition binary expressions. Are people who support, foster, work with and inspire young people in care or leaving care confident enough to ensure that not only their care experience but the sexuality and gender are celebrated and supported appropriately?

There is very little good practice in this area from local authorities, outreach teams in universities, fostering agencies etc.

This workshop will focus on the good practice that is out there and look at developing this further by group discussions, case studies and thinking how you can change your practice.

Understanding the role of sport/physical activity in promoting wellbeing and belonging for care-experienced young people and care leavers.

Workshop 4

Title

Challenging Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation stereotypes when working with Care Experienced Young People.

Presenter

Arron Pile, Student Inclusion and Diversity Manager, University of Salford & Interim Trustee of NNECL

Description

Being in care can be hard, but even more so if you are also thinking about your sexual orientation and/ or gender identity. Many young people today identify more and more so along inclusive spectrums of gender and sexual orientation, instead of the tradition binary expressions. Are people who support, foster, work with and inspire young people in care or leaving care confident enough to ensure that not only their care experience but the sexuality and gender are celebrated and supported appropriately?

There is very little good practice in this area from local authorities, outreach teams in universities, fostering agencies etc.

Challenging Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation stereotypes when working with Care Experienced Young People.

Workshop case studies

Workshop 6

Title

A critical exchange on ‘Next Steps’: what’s in the design, delivery and evaluation of Aimhigher London’s pilot project supporting the progression of young people in care with transitions from school to HE?

Presenters

Dr David Maguire & Hazel McNeill, UCL and Aimhigher London 

Description

This workshop profiles the Next Step programme, a recent project that worked with young people in care and their Foster Carers to explore post-schooling education/training.  Running over six months, Next Steps was an Aimhigher London pilot project that brought together Kingston and Richmond Virtual School staff, young people in care and their adult foster carers / key workers to explore post schooling opportunities available to them and build their confidence when tackling decisions about their ‘Next Steps’ in education. A key strand running through the project was the work with foster carers/ key workers to explore what education is and can be in its broadest terms.  Drawing on the collective experience in the room and through an open exchange between the ethnographer (project’s qualitative researcher) and the project program manager, this session will critically discuss the challenges and advantages associated with targeting this group, addressing dilemmas/issues of selection, tensions related to the 'foster child' identity category and engagement. Further focus will be on the strategies that the Next Steps project employed, in its design, delivery, and evaluation process.  Key outcomes from the project will be shared specifically those relating to the themes of wellbeing and belonging. The session will conclude by considering what we learnt from Next Steps and how this might inform future projects of this kind. A critical exchange on ‘Next Steps’: what’s in the design, delivery and evaluation of Aimhigher London’s pilot project supporting the progression of young people in care with transitions from school to HE?

Next Steps Programme

Workshop 9

Title

“So, who do I need to speak to?” Voices of care-experienced students at university

Presenters

Sam Turner (Voice and Influencing Manager, Become) and Amy Woodworth (Policy and Campaigns Officer, Become)

Description

Following on from a successful NNECL - Become seminar series exploring current research and practice in access to higher education, we will explore some of the insights we have gathered from care-experienced students who are studying or have recently left university. We’ll look at the role which finances, accommodation, the named contact and other mechanisms can play in providing comprehensive support to young people when they need it, and what care leavers feel needs to change within universities to improve their sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Become presentation

Workshop 10

Title

Securing a Place at University and the Care Experienced Young Person: The Role of the Social Worker.

Presenter

Luke Geoghegan, Head of Policy and Research at British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

Description

This workshop will address the role of the social worker in supporting educational attainment for young people who are both ‘looked after’ (‘in care’) and ‘care experienced (‘care leavers’).

The session will set out the law (what must be done), policy (what should be done) and practice (current positive and negative realities). The session will provide valuable background and contextual information to those supporting care experienced young people at university about the legal, policy and practical circumstances of care experienced young people and thus what can be required of the local authority.

Speaking from direct experience the proposer will set out the realities of work in a Children’s Social Work Department and set out some tips for getting the best out of local authority departments.

Securing a Place at University and the Care Experienced Young Person: The Role of the Social Worker.

Keynote: Dr Maggie Hutchings, Bournemouth University

Transitions to Success

Keynote: Kirsty McQueen, Care Leaver Covenant

Care Leaver Covenant