Scotland Policy Conferences

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 focuses on The Scottish Government’s current wide-ranging policy reform agenda aimed at improving the lives of children in care and care leavers.

The agenda also includes a keynote address from the Independent Care Review, at a mid-way point in its trialling and evidence gathering phase.

This conference will be an opportunity to feed into the Review’s continuing work as it seeks 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 will discuss how a co-ordinated and collaborative approach can 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.

With The Scottish Government keen to ensure that ‘a sense of love’ is embedded into policy which is developing this area, delegates will also look at how local authorities can ensure that established, strong relationships are included in future provision for care leavers.

The seminar will also discuss the next steps for addressing the workforce challenges faced in the social care sector in Scotland during the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. In particular, attendees will focus on the progress so far in tackling recruitment and retention issues, and consider potential strategies for widening diversity.

The agenda also focuses on improving provision for care leavers and the development of an effective multi-agency approach can be developed support those leaving care.

The way forward for developing stronger structures to support progression to further and higher education, and expanding effective pathways into employment will also be considered.

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