Realising the potential of Children in Care

Annual Conference for Designated Teachers: East and South Kent - 27th March 2020

Posted on by Judy Molyneux

An opportunity for Designated Teachers and supporting school staff to network, receive up to date information to support them in the statutory role of Designated Teacher and to explore some pertinent issues. This conference focuses on the impact of trauma in the learning context, and the vulnerability of children in care to exploitation.

A programme of the day is below. There is no charge for this conference and there will be refreshments and lunch provided. Click here to book your place

Date: Friday, 27th March 2020
Venue: The Riverside Conference Centre, Whitstable, CT5 3JQ


9.00 Arrival, registration and refreshments
9.30 Welcome
9.35 Keynote address: The human bridge to recovery. Supporting children with trauma in the classroom: Louise Bomber, Touchbase.

Louise Bomber is qualified as a specialist teacher, therapist and DDP certified practitioner. She has worked with individual children, whole class and school settings, local authorities, teachers and support staff across primary and secondary phases. Louise is a strong advocate for attachment aware and trauma informed interventions within education to support children who have experienced toxic stress. Her work is rooted in practical application for education practitioners

10.40 Refreshment break
11.00 Classroom scenarios - working with children with trauma
11.30 Brief feedback from each table
12.00 Q&A with Louise Bomber
12.15 Supporting previously looked after children: Emma Wills, Senior ESO, VSK
12.30 Supporting UASC
13.45 Spark to Life: Dez Brown

As a young man Dez Brown became involved in a life of crime and violence in South London. He understands first hand what draws teenagers into knife crime. In 2007, he set up Spark2Life and today leads a team who work with young people caught up in gang culture and exploitation. He also works as a government adviser on tackling knife crime and teenage drug use.

14.45 Refreshment break
14.55 Q&A with Dez Brown
15.15 VSK: Participation and engagement team
15.45 Plenary
16.00 Close