Following the success of the our first online National Conference in November 2020 we are delighted announce that we will hold our next online conference on Wednesday 24th November 2021. Early bird tickets are available until Friday 29th October! 

Strong and healthy relationships are at the heart of everything we do here at Staf and our member organisations have repeatedly spoken of the importance of relationships for positive outcomes for care leavers. The conference contributors will share their experiences and guidance on how to adopt relationship based practice.

As the UNCRC incorporation into Scottish law debate continues, we will also be looking at the impact the changes will make to practice and how to apply a rights based lens to all that we do to support young people with care experience.  

Ultimately we will be looking at how these two intrinsic topics link in with the findings of the Independent Care Review and The Promise Plan 21:24 and the steps we can all make to ensure to support young people transition from care to independence. 

Speakers and topics confirmed to date:

  • Each and Every Child - Informed by robust research and the established practice of ‘reframing’, the initiative will create the scale that is needed to influence public opinion and make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. The Each and Every Child Initiative is a partnership project between CELCIS, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Life Changes Trust, The Robertson Trust, Scottish Government and Social Work Scotland, and will be hosted by The Robertson Trust.
  • Ruth Kerracher, Youth Justice Voices - Relationships are at the heart of everything we do at Staf, ever more so in our youth-led participation project Youth Justice Voices. Youth Justice Voices was set up in 2019 in partnership with the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ), thanks to funding from the Life Changes Trust to find creative ways to amplify the voices of young people with experience of the care and justice systems with policymakers, managers and the Scottish Government. In this session you will hear directly from staff and young people from Youth Just Us, the project’s youth-led steering group, in the community, which is working hard to ensure that care and justice experienced young people’s participation rights are recognised and realised. They will provide an overview of how participation projects like Youth Justice Voices can creatively influence action and the significant role that rights and relationships play in the process.
  • Katrina Gallacher, The REAL Toolkit - Staf’s national conference will be an opportunity for people to come together and speak about rights and relationships and why they are key to good practice. Relationship-based practice is at the heart of the real toolkit – a leaving care resource by Staf. The real toolkit is an online resource co-produced by young people with care experience and members of the workforce, who make up our advisory group. The real toolkit is the result of 20 years of influencing and dialogue by Staf. For the past 3 years our advisory group have explored the importance and transformative power of relationships based practice – for young people, workers who support them and organisations. The real toolkit offers guides in relation to a number of themes from moving home to building relationships – with relationship-based practice at the heart of this resource. This is the first version of the resource which will evolve and grow as policy and practice changes. The resource is not just for young people with care experience and the people who support them (relatives, social workers, teachers and more) but is produced by young people with care experience and members of the workforce. We launched in September 2021 and we look forward to sharing this resource at the national conference in November.


What attendees at the 2020 Staf Conference told us: 

"The whole day has just been such a powerful reminder of the importance of hearing everyone's individual story and truth and that to stay connected we must listen to others."

"Today has been fantastic and the information so easy to absorb."

"Really great day -such a diverse range of voices and perspectives -thank you all so much!"

Useful Info for Delegates

Event links will be sent to each delegate by 22 November. 

Payment is required prior to the event commencing and is non-transferrable to any other event or programme.

There will be no refunds for cancellations received after 29th October 2021. Substitute delegates are encouraged. Please inform [email protected] if a substitution is required.

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