This autumn’s series of managers’ forums focus on how we as a community of managers seek to develop our services, reacting to policy and sector developments and giving weight to the views of the children and young people we work with.

Staf's Stirling Managers' Forum is taking place at the Albert Halls on 11th September from 10am to 3pm. In the year of the 50th anniversary of the Social Work Scotland Act, services and organisations across Scotland have been reflecting on how far we have come as a sector.

Much has changed over the years, but our collective determination to deliver services for young people which enable them to lead happy and successful lives remains true.

The information, advice and guidance we give our young people stays with them forever - it is vital that we understand how changes to legislation and policy - and other sector developments - will impact and influence their lives.

At this forum we will:

Speakers for the day include:

Ben Farrugia, Head of Development and Innovation, CELCIS

A new report looks at the gaps between the public and care sector's views of care-experience. The report charts public understandings of childhood, parenting and the care system, and examines how different cultural models complicate, and occasionally facilitate, communicating about care issues. 'Seeing and Shifting the Roots of Opinion' raises a number of important points around framing of care-experience and the care system: how do we shift the narrative from individualistic perspectives towards more contextual ones? How do we begin to tackle the wider structural barriers our young people face? Join Ben Farrugia and colleagues from across Scotland for a crucial discussion on the report, its findings and recommendations, and what we can learn from it as managers. You can read the full report and executive summary on CELCIS' website.

Paul Beaton, Age of Criminal Responsibility Team Leader, Scottish Government

The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill outlines a proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 8 years, currently the lowest in Europe, to 12 years of age. Should this come into force it would align with the current age of prosecution, which was raised to 12 years in 2011. Paul Beaton will talk through the intention of the legislation, discuss the range of work being carried out to support it, and lead discussion on the bill (currently at Stage 1). Join us to learn more about the bill and to discuss potential effects on service delivery moving forward. You can read more on the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill here.

As with all of our forums, there will be ample time to network with peers to discuss issues arising within the sector and to share best practice. In addition, lunch will be provided on the day.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Stirling on the 11th!

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