Scotland Policy Conferences

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.

Improving provision for children in care and care leavers: multi-agency working, developing the workforce and support for those leaving care

April 2019

This conference focused on The Scottish Government’s policy reform agenda aimed at improving the lives of children in care and care leavers.                                                                                                                                          

It looked at the Independent Care Review’s work as it sought to develop new initiatives, evaluate clear evidence of what works for children and young people, and encourage best practice for improving the experience of children and young people in care.

Delegates discussed how a co-ordinated and collaborative approach might be further developed between local authorities, education providers, health services, and the voluntary sector in supporting those in care, whilst retaining a level of flexibility which best provides for the unique individual needs of looked after children and foster families.

Attendees also discussed how to embed the Independent Care Review’s three key agendas into policy, as well as how local authorities and third sector providers might best ensure that established, strong relationships are included in future provision for care leavers.

The seminar also touched on workforce challenges faced in the social care sector in Scotland during the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

The agenda also included provision for care leavers and developing an effective multi-agency approach to support those leaving care.

Delegates also discussed the way forward for developing stronger structures to support progression to further and higher education, and expanding effective pathways into employment.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates