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Raising Aspirations for Young People in Care Conference 2018

Raising Aspirations for Young People in Care
Wednesday 23 May 2018, 9am – 3:30pm, Teesside University


Many thanks for your interest in the 2018 Raising Aspirations of Young People in Care Conference.

Unfortunately all places on the Conference have now been filled.

Should you wish to be placed on the reserve list, please email

We are delighted to invite you to the sixth annual 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.

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


Conference Workshops:

Keynote: Jenny Molloy

Jenny Molloy spent most of her childhood in care. She regularly gives talks and is called on by government bodies to advise on the care and fostering of children. Her mission is to reach out to care leavers and associated professionals to inspire hope and to remind us that all care leavers have ability. Jenny is the successful co-author of Hackney Child and Tainted Love under her pen name Hope Daniels. This is her first title under her real name. Jenny is Patron of BASW England and a regular contributor with Community Care.

Workshops – Please choose two of the following:

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

Back by popular demand, Chris Dlamini, Senior Lecturer in School of Health & Social Care, will be exploring how a child’s emotions, thinking and behavior may be early indicators of mental ill health.  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) Multi-agency working to create educational opportunities – Kaizen Partnership

With such a wide array of choices and opportunities out there and with young people competing against one another for these opportunities be it apprenticeships, work experience, college or university places, the support and advocacy of the adults around them is paramount.  Participants in this workshop will explore through case studies how we can work together to enhance the opportunities available to our young people in care.

3) Why do they change their minds or drop out? – Kaizen Partnership

This workshop considers the reasons why some young people in care will make the right choice first time and complete their course or training and why others do not.  From chopping and changing from one course to another through to truancy or withdrawal, we’ll look at the reasons behind these decisions and identify possible solutions to improve the success rate of our young people.

4) Mending the gap; innovative approach to service user engagement – Felicity Shenton, Project Manager at the North East Social Work Alliance, Helen Casey, PhD student at Durham University and Bini Araia of Investing in People and Culture

Fizz, Helen and Bini are leading this workshop sharing the findings of their recent Mend the Gap project at Teesside University.  The project brought together student social workers and criminology students with unaccompanied asylum seeker service users in this innovative format to explore the issues and barriers faced.  From education to age assessments to finances, the group openly shared their perspectives on a whole host of issues and provided recommendations for service providers.

Please sign up using the form below, indicating your chosen workshops.


North East Raising Aspiration Partnership
Level 3, King's Gate
Newcastle University

Tel: 0191 208 3128