Identifying Risk, Building Resilience and Catching Pokémon is a one day professional development event open to all those working across the children and young people's sector involved with improving the life chances of children and young people.
We know that youth centres and playgrounds are great places for children and young people to come together, make friends, mix with others from different backgrounds, participate in a range of positive activities and catch some Pokémon! But behind the façade of games and activities, lies the very important informal education work that is undertaken with children and young people particularly via the youth work and playwork delivery model.
Helping children and young people to develop the ability to manage difficult situations, build resilience and make appropriate life choices ensuring young people are equipped with the knowledge and skills to stay safe and to make a positive contribution to society in adult life.
This one day conference will offer a range of seminars, expert panels and workshops facilitated and delivered by key professionals in the field, and the wider youth and play sector, that will identify, explore and offer new insight into some of the more complex and challenging issues that professionals and the children and young people that they work with face.The event will provide delegates with an excellent opportunity to discuss and debate the key issues and challenges faced in delivering a high quality service that provides children and young people with the best possible start in life.
Programme for Saturday 19th
9.20 Welcome and Introduction Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, National Officer, Community, Youth and Playworkers, Unite
09.30 Keynote: Stigmatised or Protected : Does the Prevent strategy work for our young people? - Alex Kenny, NUT Education & Equalities
- A mental health crisis for young people: How to improve your practice by supporting healthy minds—Julia Mikardo, Association of Child Psychotherapists
- Do we need a professional identity and if so how do we develop it? Adrian Voce; Jo Trelfa, Marjon
- Keeping children and young people safe by building resilience—Rosalind Godson, Professional Officer
- Political Economy - Trademark Belfast
11.15 Coffee and refreshments
11.30 Keynote: Findings from the “Old Enough to Know Better: Why Sexually Exploited Teenagers are being Overlooked” Report—Iryna Pona, Policy Manager – Youth at Risk, Children’s Society
12.15 Expert Panel : Key figures from the sector will debate access to services for children and young people and ask “What role should national and local government play in ensuring that great youth services are not subject to a postcode lottery?
2.15 Keynote: Report on the impact of online pornography on the values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of children and young people, Graham Ritchie, Policy Officer, Office of the Children’s Commissioner
- A licence to practice or bust—Adam Muirhead, Chair IYW and Carolyn Lowry, Youth Worker, Belfast
- Unpicking CSE for professionals, Obi Amadi, Professional Officer
- Unpolitical or just disengaged : Using social media tools to engage, educate and politicise, Jacqui Berry, Austerity Blows
- Political Economy - Trademark Belfast
4.30 Coffee break
4.45 Expert Panel : Key figures from the sector will debate the question “how will ‘real’ youth work survive in an ever changing landscape of delivery?” (UKYouth; IYW; The Challenge; DYS Space Ltd; ChooseYouth)
5.55 Closing remarks and thanks
Book your place now at: http://catchingpokeman.eventbrite.co.uk
This event will be of particular interest to Youth Workers, Playworkers, Early Intervention Workers, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Family Support Workers, Outreach Workers, YOT Workers, NEET workers; Health professionals in child and adolescent health and local government elected members with responsibility for services for children and young people.