Children's Services Network annual conference: Transforming Services and Changing Lives
Date: 11 November 2009
Venue: BMA House, London, WC1
Transformation has been a major feature of childrens services for the best part of a decade. The tragic death of Baby Peter, combined with the certainty of a 10 per cent cut in public spending, will promote further changes. The next spending round can be viewed either as a funding crisis or an opportunity to fundamentally rethink our approach to childrens services.
Childrens services, local authorities and their partner organisations face significant challenges as we approach the new decade. Although most children thrive, many others live in misery in families with low incomes, living in fear of bullying or violence, having poor mental health, or lacking access to training or education. Disaffection, isolation and early death are all too common.
The economic downturn will continue to be felt by families and communities for some time. In the run-up to a general election the future parameters of policy development are still far from clear.
So how can we respond and plan strategically to make a difference to the lives and outcomes for children and young people? This LGiU Childrens Services Network policy conference Transforming services and changing lives will provide a forum for national and local politicians and practitioners from here and abroad to debate how to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people.
The debate will focus on two key areas of policy and practice, these being:
Childrens social care, at a time when demand for services is increasing and the case for reform is being heavily pressed.
Education. The main political parties have all set out new visions for the future of schools and the role of the education system in forming the adults of tomorrow.
A stimulating mix of workshops will consider other aspects of improving children and young peoples lives.
Eilen Bengtsson, Pedagogical Inspection Consultant from the Danish Department for Children and Prevention.
Dawn Primarolo MP, invited
Tim Loughton MP, Shadow Minister for Children
John Couglan, Director of Children's Services, Hampshire County Council (Chair)
Wes Cuell, Director of Services for Children and Young People, NSPCC
Cllr James Kempton, LB Islington and former Chair of Children and Families Committee, London Councils
Colin Green, Director of Childrens Services Coventry and Chair of Children and Families ADCS committee
The LGiU is the largest, most influential think-tank
and representative body operating in the space between Town Hall,
Whitehall, Westminster and communities.
Now in its 26th year, the LGiU continues to make a significant
impact on the public policy scene. In 2008 the LGiU was awarded
the Public Affairs News Award for think-tank of the year.
Our mission is to strengthen local democracy. Four policy centres
Service Transformation; Local Sustainability; Local Democracy;
and Childrens Services ensure that the LGiUs focus is on how
councils and partners can deliver positive results and genuine
impact for empowered communities.
The LGiU works with a network of around 40,000 councillors and
officers from the councils who access our services. And it is these
member councils that guide and shape our work, so that we can
best respond to the real priorities of local government and elected