09:00 - 09:05

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Jacqueline Cassidy

Director for Practice and Scotland, The Fostering Network

09:05 - 09:30

Keynote Address: Priorities for Keeping The Promise

  • Outlining priorities for funding and delivery of The Promise by 2030
  • Addressing current challenges facing children and families across Scotland: poverty, the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis
Live Q&A
09:20 - 09:30

Fiona McFarlane

Head of Public Affairs, The Promise Scotland

09:30 - 10:20

Panel Discussion: Embedding the Principles of The Promise in Practice

  • Changing the narrative, language and experiences surrounding the ‘care system’: creating regular, caring and positive experiences
  • Harnessing the potential of early intervention and prevention initiatives
  • Cementing the foundations of The Promise in policy and practice
  • Upholding the rights of children, young people and their families, including siblings
Live Q&A
10:05 - 10:20

Professor Jane Callaghan

Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, University of Stirling

David Mackay

Policy, Projects & Participation Manager, Children in Scotland

Fiona Dyer

Director, Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice

Alison Gordon

Chief Social Work Officer (Children, Families, Justice & Integrated Practice), North Lanarkshire Council

10:20 - 10:50

Joint Discussion: Ensuring Co-Production is at The Heart of The Promise

  • What does effective co-production look like in practice?
  • Ensuring children and young people are listened to and involved in decisions about their care
  • Learning from those involved in the care of children and young people
Live Q&A
10:40 - 10:50

Louise Hunter

Chief Executive, Who Cares? Scotland

Lisa Mason and Andrew James

Youth Representatives, Our Hearings, Our Voice

10:50 - 11:20

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections on our virtual platform

11:20 - 11:50

Joint Discussion: Keeping The Promise through Strong Multi-Agency Working

  • Strengthening the support scaffold for children, young people and their families
  • Ensuring key partners are aware of their role and responsibilities in keeping The Promise
  • Creating greater accountability across the care system
  • Working collaboratively to develop and reach shared outcomes
Live Q&A
11:40 - 11:50

Jackie Irvine

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

Claire Glen

Assistant Principal: Health & Wellbeing, Glasgow Clyde College

11:50 - 12:25

Panel Discussion: Equipping the Workforce to Keep The Promise

  • Creating space and time for the workforce to meaningfully support children, young people and their families
  • Assessing opportunities to create greater capacity across the system
  • Priorities for recruitment and retention across the care system: realigning processes and values
  • Tackling unnecessary bureaucracy: making space for meaningful relationships to flourish
Live Q&A
12:15 - 12:25

Stephanie MacGregor-Cross

Head of Policy and Workforce, Social Work Scotland

Jo Derrick

Chief Executive Officer, Staf

Tracy Stephen

Chief Social Work Officer, Moray Council

12:25 - 12:45

Spotlight Session: How Can Data be Harnessed to Help Keep The Promise?

  • Highlighting positive work so far to improve data recording, data sharing and collaborative working
  • Shifting the focus of data from outcomes to experiences
  • Developing a joined-up picture of the experiences of children, young people and families across Scotland
  • Assessing how to effectively collect, use and share data to better support children and young people
Live Q&A
12:35 - 12:45

Tim Eltringham

Director, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

12:45 - 12:55

Comfort Break

12:55 - 13:25

Spotlight Session: Improving Outcomes for Care Experienced Young People - Learning From Good Practice

  • Tackling gaps in outcomes faced by care experienced young people
  • Enabling young people to live independently
  • Providing practical, emotional, and mental health support
  • Improving post-school pathways and destinations for young people
Live Q&A
13:15 - 13:25

Seonaid Graham

Lead for Care Experienced Learners, Glasgow Virtual School

Ewan Aitken

CEO, Cyrenians; and Member, The Promise Oversight Board

13:25 - 13:55

Case Studies: Lessons Learnt from Plan 21-24

  • Reflections on the successes and challenges so far
  • Removing the formalities and clinical feeling of the ‘care system’
  • Minimising the risk of further harm: developing a trauma-informed approach
  • Using lived experience when re-designing the care system
Live Q&A
13:45 - 13:55

Alistair Hogg

Head of Practice and Policy, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration; Member, Hearings System Working Group, and Member, National Bairns’ Hoose Governance Group

Neil Squires

Chief Executive, Harmeny Education Trust; and Member, The Promise Oversight Board

13:55 - 14:00

Chair's Closing Remarks

Jacqueline Cassidy

Director for Practice and Scotland, The Fostering Network

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