Following on from our successful Staf Summit in March 2020, Staf is hosting a new series of webinars focussing on how relationships can be placed at the heart of practice and the difference that this can make for the young people in our care

Due to popular demand, this is the second opportunity to hear a recorded contribution from Dr Gillian Ruch, Professor of Social Work at The University of Sussex. This stream of Gillian's recorded keynote address from our March 2020 event will be followed by a discussion on how relationship-based practice can support care-experienced young people in education co-facilitated by Staf's Head of Learning and Development, Pamela Graham, and a care-experienced student. 

This discussion will enable participants to reflect on their own practice, develop new strategies, and share the techniques and processes that work well for you in delivering relationship-based support for care-experienced young people. We will further reflect on the findings from Staf's research on relationship-based practice as part of our 'Building Relationships' project.


Biography - Professor Gillian Ruch

Gillian Ruch is Professor of Social Work in the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Sussex. She teaches and researches in the areas of child care social work and relationship-based and reflective practice and is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of children, families and practitioners.

Her particular interests are in promoting psycho-social research methods and reflective discussion and supervision forums that facilitate relationship-based practice. Gillian’s research includes an ESRC funded four UK nations project exploring how social workers communicate with children.

She is currently undertaking research impact work in collaboration with The International Futures Forum which involves introducing Kitbag to social workers. Gillian has co-edited, with Danielle Turney and Adrian Ward, Relationship-based Social Work: Getting to the Heart of Practice.


How to book a ticket
You can book your ticket for this event by completing a form below. Discounted rates are available for Staf member organisations and students - you can check if you are part of a Staf member organisation by emailing [email protected] or calling 01414657511


Booking Terms
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 Friday 25th December 2020. Substitute delegates are encouraged. Please inform [email protected] if a substitution is required.


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