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Day one

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Time Description Location
8.00 ADASS safeguarding adults policy group  Capital 6
9.30 Registration and exhibition opening  
10.45 Official conference opening
- Cllr David Rogers, Chairman, LG Group Community Well-being Programme Board
- Peter Hay, President, ADASS
- Matt Dunkley, President, ADCS
- Avi Lasarow, CEO, Trimega Laboratories UK
11.00 Opening remarks  
Plenary 1: Keynote address
- Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair, Health Select Committee
- Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the NHS and Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health
- Chair: Cllr David Rogers
11.45 Sub plenary sessions  
1. Role of the local authority in education
 The number of academies – schools directly funded and overseen by central government – has risen from 200 to 1300 since the General Election, with a further 575 in the pipeline. This means that 40 per cent of all secondary schools are now open as academies or in the process of becoming academies and in 29 council areas, the majority of secondary schools are already academiesAgainst this backdrop, what will be the future council role in education? How are councils rising to the challenge of the strong, strategic role in local education “as champions for parents and families, for vulnerable pupils and of educational excellence” promised in the Schools White Paper?Speakers:
- Matt Dunkley, ADCS President and Director of Children’s Services, East Sussex County Council
- Cllr David Pugh, Leader, Isle of Wight Council
- Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Fund
Capital 2/3/4
2. Finding solutions together – service users, carers and practitioners
The only way to make good decisions in tough times is to find solutions together. Co-production is the foundation of personalisation but in times of severe budget reductions there may be a tendency to retreat into old forms of behaviour and not work together in transparent ways to find innovation. This sub plenary will draw on independent evidence from ‘The Standards We Expect’ project supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the publication ‘Supporting People’, as well as the use of social and other media. It will demonstrate that a coalition between service users, carers and practitioners can make a difference and help deliver more person centred support.- Chair: Jo Cleary, Honorary Treasurer, ADASS
- Peter Beresford, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Citizen Participation at Brunel University.
- Suzy Croft, Senior Social Worker and Bereavement Team Leader at St John’s Hospice, London.
- Jennie Fleming, Director of the Centre for Social Action and Reader at De Montfort University.
- Catherine Bewley, Sexual Abuse Caseworker at GALOP  and previously Director of Values into Action.
3. Family Justice Review, Key Findings and Next Steps
(Department for Education/Ministry of Justice)
The Family Justice Review is the government-sponsored overhaul of the family justice system in England and Wales, concerning both private law (divorce and contact) and public law (children in care). The interim report, published in March, included proposals for:- the creation of a unified Family Justice Service
- a controversial restriction of court scrutiny of the local authority care plan;
- an ambitious six-month time limit in public law care cases; and
- greater emphasis on out of court resolution in private law cases.In this session John Coughlan, DCS for Hampshire and FJR panel member, will provide an update on the panel’s work since the interim report and lead a discussion on the issues raised in the consultation on the panel’s proposals. The Review is due to conclude imminently so this will be a last chance to make direct comment before Government considers the final proposals.Speaker:
- John Coughlan, Director of Children’s Services, Hampshire County Council
Capital 14/15/16
12.45 Lunch Exhibition
13.15 Fringe sessions  
  1. In it together? Making partnership work for children with complex needs
(Children’s Services Development Group)
In the face of financial pressure on local authorities and sustained service demand, this fringe will provide a forum to ‘thrash out’ practical issues, obstacles and incentives for strategic partnership working (between authorities and providers) that delivers high quality services to children – looked after and with SEN. CSDG will also reveal research into the latest thinking and key trends amongst local authority Children’s Services Departments’ approaches to commissioning, service delivery and transitions.The fringe will explore the following themes:

  • Do local authorities really benefit from partnership working?
  • Can we save money in the short and long term?
  • Is strategic commissioning possible with front loaded cuts?
  • What kinds of partnership models/approaches to commissioning will ensure best access to specialist services?

- Judith Pettersen, Director of Children’s Services and Lifelong Learning, London Borough of Hounslow

- Laurie Thraves, Policy Manager, Local Government Information Unit
- Andrew Isaac, representing the Children’s Services Development Group

Capital 1
2. Social pedagogy – can it make a difference for Children in Care?
(Quarriers and Thomas Coram Research Unit)
Quarriers has been piloting the European model of Social Pedagogy, as part of a government funded pilot programme, to improve outcomes for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, accommodated in a residential setting. These young people are some of the most damaged children, with difficulty in building stable relationships and engaging in educational, recreational or social activities. Social Pedagogues are highly qualified professionals, trained to provide a holistic, personal approach to work with children. This session will explore the theory and practice of Social Pedagogy, and the outcomes for children, including a case study of practice development at Quarriers.Chair:
- Ray Jones, Professor of Social Work, Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London, a trustee of Quarriers and formerly director of social services in Wiltshire.Speakers:
- Professor Claire Cameron, Anglia Ruskin University, formerly of Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London
- Chris Chart, Service Manager, Quarriers
Capital 9
3. Future commissioning and best practice in social care in an era of austerity
(Learning Disability Coalition and Adults with Learning Disability Services (ALDS) Forum)The Learning Disability Coalition and The ALDS Forum in conjunction with NLGN want to share with conference our ideas for future commissioning and best practice in social care in an era of spending reductions and difficult decisions.Our panel discussion will look at recommendations for local authorities, practitioners and managers on the ground to reform and improve social care commissioning.  Drawing on our research conducted earlier this year, we hope to inform stakeholders and policymakers of our ideas for excellent commissioning practice and service provision and how this can take shape over the next five years.Chair:
- David Brindle, Public Services Editor, The GuardianSpeakers:
- Anthea Sully, Director, Learning Disability Coalition
- Cllr Gavin Harding – Co-chair
- National Forum of People with Learning Difficulties Bob Lewis – Chair, Adults with Learning Disability Services (ALDS) Forum
- Simon Parker – Director, New Local Government Network (NLGN) 
Capital 7
4. Fixing broken services– with Lord Michael Bichard
(Ten Group)
Lord Bichard will explain why, in his view, many public services are no longer fit for purpose so that clients too often receive poor services and inadequate support.He will go on to explore what we can do to fix the problems with particular reference to Children’s Services, what some of the barriers to success might be, and what we need in terms of skills and leadership capacity.Finally he will try to provide an update on government plans for Community Budgets and Families with Multiple Problems.Speakers:
- Lord Michael Bichard
- Penny Rabiger, Head of Business Development, Ten Group Professional Support Services
- June Stevenson, Associate Director for Strategic Development, Ten Group Professional Support Services
Capital 8
5. The new commissioning landscape - opportunities and imperatives
(Department of Health)
A new commissioning landscape is emerging as GP Consortia take a clinical lead in health commissioning and local councils lead health improvement and personalised care. How are localities grasping the opportunities and developing integrated responses to the imperatives to drive up quality, improve efficiency and integrate services to deliver outcomes for the whole family and community?Chair:
- Cllr David Rogers OBE, Chairman, LG Group Community Well-being Programme BoardSpeakers:
- Dame Barbara Hakin, National Managing Director Commissioning Development, Department of
- Jenny Owen, Deputy Chief Executive, Essex County Council
- Ann Baxter , Director of Children’s Services, London Borough of Camden
- David White, Chief Executive, Norfolk County Council
Capital 2/3/4
6. Public mental health and well-being: the new opportunities for commissioning for children and families
(Family Action)
The health reforms provide an exciting opportunity to integrate health and social care commissioning so as to maximise limited spending for the health and well being of vulnerable children and the families.Hear from a panel of leading experts on mental health and health commissioning about the opportunities and challenges of the new reforms. Hear from service providers and service users about the latest independent evaluation and learning from three programmes which provide an integrated, family-focussed response to the needs of health and social care commissioners and service users. Discuss your learning and views  with the panellists and delegates.

- Helen Dent CBE Chief Executive Family Action

- Briony Hallam Regional Manager and practitioner Family Action
- Nicola Stevenson, senior researcher and author, NHS confederation
- Dave Hill, Director of Children’s Services, Essex County Council

Capital 10
7. Making good decisions about your workforce in tough times
(Centre for Workforce Intelligence, Skills for Care, Social Care Institute for Excellence and the National Skills Academy for Social Care).Improving outcomes for people using services requires high quality decisions about skills mix, training needs and operational models. As services move towards integrated approaches, so too must workforce planning. This workshop will guide delegates through the process of making high quality decisions paying special attention to planning across care pathways. The speakers will showcase the very latest developments in workforce modelling, how to get the best out of existing datasets; and what good looks like through positive practice examples. Finally, the discussion will focus on how best to communicate these findings with social care leaders.Chair:
- Roy Taylor CBE, Centre for Workforce Intelligence
Capital 11
8. Providing a local youth offer in challenging times

At a time when the economy is in difficulties and young people themselves are facing growing challenges, it is more important than ever that councils do every thing in their power to support local young people. So councils are working hard in the face of severe financial constraints to ensure an effective youth offer is available locally. This session will explore the changing policy landscape and how councils are working with young people, their families and communities and with local providers and partners to enable young people to fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions.Speakers:
- Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive of the National Youth Agency
- Councillor Helen Binmore, Cabinet Member for Childrens Services at Hammersmith and Fulham
- Kitty Ferris, Service Director for Safeguarding and specialist services, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council  
Capital 12
14.15 Concurrent policy sessions  
  1. Keeping it within the family – effective national and local approaches to enabling children to live within family and friends care
(Family Rights Group on behalf of the Kinship Care Alliance)
This seminar will consider the new legal responsibilities and requirements on local authorities to enable children to be able to live within their wider families, when they can’t live with their parents. It will consider research evidence and hear from carers and local authorities:
- what works
- the costly consequences of not putting the right supports in place
- best practice
- the tensions local authorities face and how these can be addressed. Lastly, there will discussion as to what action is needed nationally, including a common joint lobbying agenda between organisations in the Kinship Care Alliance and local government.Chair:
- Robert Tapsfield, Chief Executive, The Fostering NetworkSpeakers:
- Dave Hill, Children’s Services Director, Essex CC
- Bridget Lindley, Legal Adviser Family Rights Group
- Paul Prescod, sibling carer
- Councillor Pete Robbins, Lead Member, Children and Young People, LB Lambeth and representatives of the Kinship Care Alliance
Capital 1
2. Moving on from the riots

(LGG/ADCS)The shocking civil disorder seen across the country in August was carried out primarily by adults; however, a proportion of those involved and convicted of crimes were young people.  This session provides an opportunity to hear views from a panel of experts on the underlying causes that may have contributed to young people participating in the riots and implications for local government’s role in working with children and families. Delegates will be then invited to participate in a discussion about the issues raised.Speakers:
- Dr. Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England
- Cllr John Merry, Children and Young People Programme Board, LGG and Leader, Salford City Council
- Debbie Jones, ADCS Vice President, Director of Children Services, London Borough of Lambeth 
Capital 2/3/4
3. Child protection post Munro

(Department for Education)
To discuss the implications for child protection post Munro in the light of the Government response.  The session will provide an update on progress and will explore the key areas of reform and the challenges of implementation.
Capital 14/15/16
4. Making safeguarding personal
Safeguarding adults is a key area of developing practice and has significantly risen as a priority in the last ten years. New initiatives in research, policy and practice responses are emerging across the sector. Taking a more creative approach to responding to safeguarding situations may help to resolve situations more satisfactorily and possibly more cost effectively.The objective of this interactive session will be to reflect on safeguarding developments in the last year; to consider challenges for the year ahead; and to suggest a portfolio of responses that councils and their partners can offer to people who have experienced harm and abuse so that they feel empowered and involved in the process.Co-chairs:
- Penny Furness-Smith and Dr Adi Cooper, Safeguarding Adults Network for the Association of Directors of Social Services

- David Walden, Director of Adult Services, Social Care Institute for Excellence
- Cathie Williams, Safeguarding adults lead, Local Government Group

Capital 7
5. The dementia opportunity: improving outcomes and saving costs
(Alzheimer’s Society)
There are 750,000 people living with dementia in the UK and dementia currently costs the UK £20 billion a year. Dementia is recognised by government as a major societal challenge, with strategies for improving care and support in place across the UK.Much of the current spending on dementia does not represent value for money, with inadequate early diagnosis and support resulting into avoidable admissions to hospital and early admission to long term care.This seminar will present evidence to commissioners on the opportunity dementia offers for using resources more effectively alongside improving outcomes.

- Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society

- Andrew Chidgey, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Alzheimer’s Society
- John Ivers, Chief Executive, Saga Healthcare
- Chris Quince, Policy Adviser, Alzheimer’s Society

Capital 8
6. Best of use of resources: update on framework
Come along and hear about a systematic and easy to use way in which directors and councillors can find out about savings opportunities for adult social care. This is free to all councils. It has been developed by ADASS and Improvement and Efficiency South East.It offers:- A logical framework for analysing spend and savings opportunities, which also assists discussion and consultation with partners and the public
- A list of opportunity areas which councils collectively are looking at
- An inter-active website, launched at the Conference, which helps you to find your your way quickly to the evidence for areas you may be considering
- Summaries and contact details for specific examples of where savings have been achieved and are available.The session will include a demonstration of the web site and an example of how one authority has used the framework in practice for a 3 year savings programme.

- Sarah Pickup, Director of Adult Care Services, Hertfordshire County Council and ADASS Vice President
- Simon Williams, Director of Community and Housing, London Borough of Merton and ADASS lead
- Amanda Lloyd, Programme Manager, Improvement and Efficiency South East

7. The children’s centre of the future – early intervention made real
(Action for Children)Action for Children runs over 150 children’s centres throughout England.  That experience will help inform a discussion on clear-cut ambitions for research, service users views and a future based vision of early years infrastructure.  In a climate of debate about the challenge of localism verses a unified early years vision, this session will focus on effectiveness alongside efficiency based on outcomes according to local need.Finally we will discuss how to develop the vision for an area-wide strategy that addresses need as well as the financial issues around reconfiguring.

- Polly Neate – Executive Director External Relations and Communications, Action for Children
- Christine Cottle – Children’s Centre Manager, Action for Children
- Professor Jane Tunstill – Visiting Professor of Social Work and Children’s Services Consultant, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, Kings College London
- Lisa Christensen, Director of Children’s Services, Norfolk County Council
- Ian Duckmanton, Programme Manager, Poppyland Sure Start Children’s Centre, Norfolk

Capital 10
8. Peer2Peer brokerage – making self directed support a reality
(Coalition for Independent Living CIC) Coalition for Independent living is a not for profit CIC run by and for disabled and older people. It has developed an innovative peer support brokerage service. Run on a social franchise model this service is revolutionising care planning for people with healthcare and support needs, becoming a tested, proven and cost effective alternative to traditional care management. In our session you will hear from peer brokers, service users and the service designers themselves.We will demonstrate how the service works, how much it costs, the outcomes for individuals, the research findings on its effectiveness. We will show how new technologies are powering this people centred approach to Choice and Control through a live demo of our online peer brokerage application.

- Maryam Zonouzi, Sinéad Brophy, Andrew Griffin and Agnes Muhoro, Coalition For Independent Living

Capital 11
  9. Making health and well-being boards work for older people
(LG Improvement and Development, Ageing Well and Healthy Communities Programmes)
The policy session will comprise:
- policy overview to set the context
- outline of real life cases of local system change programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of older people
- outline of key learning points emerging from targeted support work with emerging health and wellbeing boards on how they can secure the best outcomes for older people
- facilitated participative discussion about the opportunities and challenges, with a view to informing future actions and the wider policy debate (which will also have relevance for other client groups)
- Liam Hughes, Healthy Communities Team, Local Government Group
- Phil Swann,  Shared Intelligence
- Angela Dunn, Director of Adult Social Care, Hull City Council
Capital 12
  10. Evidence-informed commissioning: using principles of analysis and critical thinking to commission effective services
(Research in Practice) This session will demonstrate how the five evidence-informed ‘Anchor’ principles developed collaboratively with professionals and researchers can be used as a framework for critical thinking in a commissioning context. It will then examine the wider importance of evidence-informed commissioning in practice, including how to use available local data effectively to assess the needs of your local area, establish effective outcomes for services, and monitor and evaluate the impact of services commissioned. The rest of the session will allow delegates to ask questions and share their experiences of evidence-informed commissioning.The materials upon which this session is based were co-produced by a group of ten representatives of local authorities and voluntary sector organisations, supported by Research in Practice, and we have just finished piloting them in twenty local authorities across England. The session will be led by Sarah Moore from Research in Practice and a colleague who has direct experience of using evidence-informed commissioning in practice.Chair:
- Sarah Moore, Learning and Development Manager, Research in Practice
Capital 9
15.15 Refreshments Exhibition
15.45 Sub plenary sessions  
1. Ministerial session – Children and Families
- Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families
- Sarah Teather MP, Minister of State for Children and Families
- Chair: Cllr David Simmonds, Chair, LG Group Children and Young People Programme Board
Capital 2/3/4
2. Ministerial session – Adult Social Care
- Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services
- Chair: Cllr David Rogers, Chair, LG Group Community Well-Being Programme Board
16.45 LG Group meetings  
Conservative Capital 2/3/4
Labour Capital 7
Liberal Democrat Capital 1
Independent Capital 12
ADASS Capital 8
ADCS Capital 11
17.45 ADASS Regional Chairs and DRDs meeting Capital 17
17.45 Civic reception
Hosted by London Borough of Newham – Cllr Andrew Baikie, Deputy Mayor
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