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Raising Aspirations for Young People in Care Conference 2017

Raising Aspirations for Young People in Care
Wednesday 17 May, 9am – 3:30pm, Teesside University

We are delighted to invite you to the fifth Raising Aspirations for Young People in Care Conference. Bringing together the key people responsible for shaping the future of our young people in care, this conference offers a chance to discuss ways to work together to encourage participation, achievement and progression in education.


Lemn Sissay MBE, Poet & children’s rights campaigner

Poet and children’s rights campaigner Lemn Sissay MBE, created The Christmas Dinner in Manchester in 2013. A Christmas day dinner for care leavers aged between 18 and 25, The Christmas Dinner is not an organisation, not a charity, but more of a ‘call to alms’: a challenge to the community to care for the care leaver on Christmas day.

Brought up in care himself, Lemn understood the complicated feelings that those in care felt about the festive season. “Christmas is a reminder of everything they never had.”


We have now finalised some fantastic inspiring and thought provoking workshops across a range of important issues that affect the care system and those involved in it. Please read on to find out more information:

1) Mental health; early identification & intervention – Chris Dlamini

Delivered by Chris Dlamini, Senior Lecturer in School of Health & Social Care, this workshop will explore early signs and suggest possible interventions for mental health issues experienced by looked after children.  Chris’s clinical background is working with young people with mental health problems and he is also a qualified social worker as well as a nurse.


2) Innovative and creative strategies – Kaizen Partnership

These are exceptionally challenging times in the public sector and new solutions and approaches are vital. Participants in this workshop will explore the way they think and act, and identify new ways of approaching the challenges they face through collaboration and creative thinking.


3) Attachment & resilience – Andy Stokes, Kaizen Partnership

This workshop is designed to impact staff and carers’ ability to work effectively with children and young people who have experienced early developmental trauma. The training is a combination of theoretical, experiential and practical and requires participants to reflect on their own experience and learning and explore strategies for developing more secure relationships with the children and young people that they work with.


4) Child Protection; “Recognising and Responding to Sexual Exploitation” – Sue Kirkley, Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board

This workshop will develop understanding of signs/symptoms that a child is being exploited and suggest what actions should be taken if it is suspected that a child is at risk.

5) Care Leavers, youth justice and alternative models of education- a reflective perspective – Eric Baumgautner, Head of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

This session will consider some of the reasons care leavers are over-represented in youth justice. It will bring together some of the academic work around young people in youth justice and reflect on my own experience of the care system in Germany. It will be interactive and very much welcomes participation. The session will conclude by exploring informal education methods with children and young people in care on the example of the 2011 founded INSPIRE project, which works with young people from a children’s home in Germany and engages them in informal language learning.

Interested in booking on?

This event is for key influencers and services for young people in the care system, so if you or your colleagues are from any of the below professions, we’d love to have you join us and share you expert knowledge on the day

  • Foster carers – local authority and independent
  • Children’s home employees
  • Social workers
  • Personal advisers
  • Designated teachers
  • Virtual head teachers
  • Local authority teams responsible for young people in and leaving care

**Bookings have now closed online for this event, however if you would still like to attend please contact Rachel Hodgson at**




North East Raising Aspiration Partnership
c/o Marketing and Student Recruitment
Newcastle University

Tel: 0191 208 3128