The University of Westminster in collaboration with children’s charity Shared Vision and children and care-leavers charity and theatre company Chickenshed, presents a crucial debate:
Children lost in a fractured system: "A Courageous Conversation
A keynote speech from Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, will open the event followed by a panel discussion proposing that major change is needed for children and young people in how they are safeguarded and how they access services in England and Wales. The debate has arisen from the recognition that the multi-professional services and the many operating systems and structures for safeguarding children and young people are broken. They are unable to provide the landscape for the delivery of effective inter professional practice and encourage innovation.
The debate tackles a difficult and sensitive subject, living up to the University of Westminster’s values – to lead courageous debate.
It aims to ensure that the often lost ‘Voice of the Child’ is present and central to the whole conversation. This debate supports and feeds into the national and international campaign, #VOC, led by Shared Vision.
The professional’s panel will be made up of:
Dave Hill President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services
Simon Bailey Lead for National Chief’s Council on Children and Child Protection
Dr. Peter Green Chair of the National Network for Designated Health Professionals
Stephanie Brivio Assistant Director for Child Protection for the Department of Education
Rex Howling Family Law QC at 4PB
Michelle Lee-Izu National Director for Projects, England and Wales, Barnardos.
A young person’s panel will ensure the Voices of children and young people on the evening.