Focus on Lead Members’ workshops

This page holds details on all of our Lead Member workshops, from 2021 onwards

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Expert workshops already delivered

These were devised to respond to critical areas of concern for our South East member colleagues with senior leadership responsibility.

#1 Your role as Corporate Parents in delivering excellence for Care Leavers, presented by Mark Riddell MBE. Here are links to his presentation, a BBC feature on a care leaver and a letter from MHCLG on Council Tax and Care Leavers.

#2 Child Poverty – understanding the role of Councillors in tacking child poverty and was led by Lisa Faulkner Bunyan (Child and Family Poverty/ Children’s Services expert). The slides for this event are available by clicking on the link.

#3 Understanding adolescents and the challenges and risks faced supporting and safeguarding complex young people with Dez Holmes of Research in Practice. The presentation is here

#4 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and the National Transfer Scheme and was led by DCSs and Lead Members from Kent and Portsmouth and Katie Thrussell of the South East Strategic Partnership on Migration. The slides are posted here.

#5 Mental Health services for children and young people with Dr Gavin Lockhart, Clinical Lead for CYP Mental Health in the South East. The presentation is posted here.

#6 Political leadership of effective SEND systems. The presentation is posted here.

#7: What good looks like for the Lead Member role in improving Children’s Services. With Cllr Sarah Russell (Leicester City), Linda Clegg (CIA North West and member of Leicester City Children’s Services Improvement Board), Andy Bunyan (CIA East Midlands and East of England). The slides are here.

#8 – Sufficiency – fostering, residential and unregulated placements will be hosted by Deborah Glassbrook with presentations from Senior Officers from Reading and Surrey.  The first presentation which explores what sufficiency duty is and explores issues in relation to fostering, residential and unregulated placements can be accessed here The second presentation which provides a more information about residential provision can be accessed here

#9 – SEND – Getting it right for children and young people with SEND, and their families. The first presentation from Deborah Glassbrook some of the key changes in relation to SEND & the new inspection framework. The second presentation is from Andre Imich from the DfE.

#10 – Safeguarding Adolescents into adulthood, attending to harm in and outside the home. This workshop was facilitated by Dez Holmes, Director at Research in Practice. The presentation slides are here

#11 – Putting children first: partnership working with the education sector in a complex governance environment. This presentation and workshop was provided by Gail Tolley, Director Children’s Services Sector Led Improvement with the Local Government Association. Follow the link here