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Parenting Conference 2017

15.02.17 9:30 am
15.02.17 4:00 pm


Children in Wales

*: £95.00 – £125.00

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Conference report: Parenting and family support conference report 2017

Presentations from the day:

What is a good Family Support worker like?

What’s a good parenting support worker like? from curious ostrich on Vimeo.

Parenting and Family Support – Developing Our Workforce to Meet the Challenge
Building on our last successful conference, Children in Wales’ Parenting Conference 2017 will focus on how to develop the skills of the people who work to support parents and carers. Keynote presentations will include how we can ensure that staff have the knowledge, competence and skills needed and how best to train and supervise staff who work with families.

By attending this Children in Wales conference delegates will not only benefit from the latest information and experience of the presenters, but also have the opportunity to participate in exchanging views with other delegates through an exciting programme of workshops. As well as improving your knowledge, our conference will also provide valuable opportunities to network.

Aim of the conference:
We hope the event will increase delegates’ understanding and give them the opportunity to consider their own policy and practice, alongside sharing experiences and best practice.

Who should attend?
Professionals providing family and parenting support in communities and schools, and those with a policy lead or interest in family and parenting support.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Karen Graham, Emeritus Professor Early Childhood Studies, Glyndwr University – Developing an appropriately qualified and competent workforce to meet the needs of children and families
  • Honor Rhodes, Director of Strategic Development, Tavistock Institute – Supervision and mentoring supporting your staff to flourish and be more effective
  • Lucy Akhtar, Senior Manager, Parenting, Welsh Government
  • Parents from Gwynedd – on film and talking about what makes a good family worker

Workshops (delegates can attend two of the following):

  • Workshop 1
    ‘Restorative Approaches in Family Engagement: The power of relationship building in strengthening service delivery, strategy and outcomes.’ Tina Foster, Tros Gynnal Plant and Dr Annie Williams, Cardiff University. Exploring the use of Restorative values, skills and training in order to build strengths based, participatory family service delivery, achieve more sustainable outcomes and promote positive professional relationships alongside establishing a consistent framework for organisational growth and development.
  • Workshop 2
    ‘Supervision: time to think and feel.’ Honor Rhodes, Director of Strategic Development, Tavistock Institute. We know that effective work with parents and families only flourishes when the workers undertaking that complex and often difficult work are looked after well, and that supervision is one of the best ways of achieving this. We will look at its building blocks, measure its effectiveness and plan to be great.
  • Workshop 3
    ‘Engaging with young parents – lessons from Relate’s Foothold Project.’ Naomi Major, Relate and young parents from the Foothold Project. Supporting Relationships and working with young single parents to build confidence, positive relationships, communication and listening skills.
  • Workshop 4
    ‘Modelling your Service’s qualification arrangements.’ Professor Karen Graham. How to identify a path through qualifications that meet your personal and organisational needs and goals
  • Workshop 5
    ‘Working together in schools to support parents.’ Susan Peraj TAF manager, Swansea with Head teacher and parent. Consider how the TAF in Schools initiative and their partners worked to build additional skills, confidence and competence in the wider workforce, both in school and community, so that they were better equipped to support holistic family needs. The workshop will be delivered by people from the TAF In Schools Team, Education, and it is hoped that a parent will attend to share their perspective. Come and join in discussions and pick up some ideas.

Exhibition opportunities will be available at the conference and to reserve a space please send an email to membership@childreninwales.org.uk There will be a cost of £50 for this (in addition to the delegate fee)

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Cancellations can only be accepted in writing. Cancellations received three weeks before the date of the event will be refunded in full, less a £10 administration fee. No refunds can be made after this date, although substitutions can be made. Children in Wales reserves the right to alter event programmes at any time.