Care, Crime, Chaos: Conference Speakers Announced

Tuesday, 9th July, 2013
Care, Crime, Chaos:
It's normal to be screwed up!
Conference: Wed 18th September, 9.15am - 3.30pm
Understanding how childhood histories impact on young people's transitions to adulthood

Increase your knowledge of how childhood trauma manifests itself in teenage life

Gain an understanding of complex needs and the key processes in the development of resilience in young people

Explore strategies to address challenging behavior and develop your practice

This conference brings together expert knowledge that will enable a change in the way youth services, local authority and charities address difficult behaviour and complex needs in young people.

Key Note Speakers Include:
Kate Cairns - Kate Cairns Associates - From Trauma to Recovery: Working with adolescents and young adults
Kate is an author, speaker and trainer with an international reputation for her work, particularly in relation to vulnerable children and young people. She has been a social worker for forty years, and a trainer for twenty years. Her first book Attachment, Trauma and Resilience became a bestseller and has influenced practice around the world. This session will help you understand brain development and function in order to work most effectively with vulnerable young people, giving them hope for the future.

Mark Sampson - Deputy Head - Keyham Lodge and Millgate Federation, Leicester schools specifically for boys with behavioural difficulties
An initial look at how neuropsychology can help give an insight into why certain unacceptable behaviours can appear appropriate to some young people. Mark has been teaching for 25 years, with 16 years’ experience as a behaviour specialist supporting learners with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. He has also worked with the local authority and Connexions on the post 16 NEET agenda.

Louise Wilkinson - Training Manager - Child Brain Injury Trust
Louise is an experienced trainer from the leading voluntary sector organisation researching and providing non-medical services to families affected by childhood acquired brain injury across the UK. An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that has happened after birth. It could be the result of an accident, an illness, a stroke, a brain tumour or poisoning. It can take months and quite possibly years for brain injury to become apparent in children as it is only when the injured part of the brain develops that the extent of the brain injury can be known and often becomes worse as children transition to adulthood.

Child Brain Injury Trust

Anna Maudsley - Housing Director - The Y
As Housing Director Anna oversaw the major re-model of the housing related support service within The Y’s 91 bed accommodation provision for 16 – 25 year olds in Leicester. This included developing a support intervention process in place of a penal warning system, which has been nationally recognised and promoted by Homeless Link. Anna currently leads the housing operational group for the Big Lottery Funded, Youth In Focus, Y-POD Project. Anna will be sharing some of The Y’s methods and learning from working with complex young people in a housing context.

The Y has a long track record of developing its accommodation and education services to support young people to make positive transitions to independent living, especially in times of crisis. In 2007 The Y commissioned research into complex needs in order to better understand and improve outcomes for their client group. The charity has gone on to attract over £5million of funding to improve the quality of accommodation and develop the support pathway which has been nationally recognised by Homeless Link.

In 2012 The Y was awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant for the Y-POD project, which offers intensive support to some of the most complex and marginalised care leavers and young offenders in Leicester city. Delivered in partnership the wrap around support covers the three key areas of housing, health and Education Employment and Training.

This conference brings together leading experts from the field of health and behavioural therapy whose insight has already helped to shape the Y-POD project. Participants will be able to develop their understanding of ‘Complex Needs’ and strategies to work with challenging young people.

Who Should Attend
The conference will be of interest to both local authority and third sector providers engaged in commissioning and policy making, managers and workers in social care, youth justice, housing, probation, education and primary health care.

The conference will run from 9.15am - 3.30pm. Please confirm you attendance by Friday 6th September using the contact details below. We are pleased to be able to offer this conference for free, however there will be a £25 charge for non-attendance. You are welcome to invite colleagues and forward to other organisations who could benefit from attending.

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