2021 Sponsors and Exhibitors

Our sponsors and exhibitors from Community Care Live 2021 are listed below

Interested in booking an exhibition stand or sponsorship package at Community Care Live? Click here to learn more.

Event Partner

Essex County Council

Essex County Council is proud to be the ongoing event partner with Community Care and are delighted to be back in person for 2021.

We are serious about social work and encourage our staff to work creatively, try new things and find new ways to improve lives. There’s no magic to it.

The key aspects of our success are built on a clear theoretical framework and our fantastic people, who are passionate about improving the lives for some of the most vulnerable residents in Essex. Across both our Adults and Children & Families services we take a strategic and practical approach to support practice in a systemic way.

With us you can make your career work for you, find flexibility, wellbeing and see your skills brought to life. We value you and celebrate your successes.

We hope through our masterclasses and engagement on the day we are can share our best practices and lessons learnt. This year we will collaborate, engage, and offer an insight into how Essex County Council continues to innovate and evolve Social Work.

Our Adult Social Care Masterclasses:

1) Co-producing mental health support – leadership, practice and the of voice of lived experience.

2) Staying in control of your life – how Essex is helping people manage their wellbeing and improve their mental health 

Our Children and Families Masterclasses:

1) Knocking on the door to children’s social care, taking a relationship-based approach to supporting families at first presentation of need

2) Understanding the potential and importance, of connecting and uniting children with their birth families:  Learning from Practice 

We look forward to meeting you at the event, in addition to the above we will also be available to answer any questions at our stand.

If you are serious about social work, this is your opportunity to find out how Essex County Council can support you on that continuing journey. With us you can!


Learning Sponsor

Hampshire County Council

We're pioneering some changes to social care practice in Hampshire and radically changing the way we work. The transformation of our service has led to us being one of a handful of children’s services authorities in the country to be rated ‘outstanding’ across all areas by Ofsted. This means children in Hampshire’s care are safe and well looked after and that it continues to be a great place to practice as a social worker. 

Inspectors reported how the County Council’s social workers are highly skilled at building meaningful relationships with children and that children in care benefit from high-quality support, which is making a real difference to their lives. Alongside this, Ofsted credited the County Council’s strong political and corporate support – and how the well-targeted financial investment has enabled the Service’s leadership team to implement an ambitious programme of change. All of which has led to strengthened services, ensuring that the right help is available at the right time from the right people. 

However, the hard work does not stop here, as we look to continue to innovate the way we practice social care, to provide the best possible outcomes. It's an exciting time to join us as we have invested £6.5 million in social workers to continue to drive this transformation. We have enabled Hampshire social workers to be more agile in their role, leaving them more fulfilled professionally and able to enjoy a positive work-life balance by adopting remote working practices and technologies. All while working and training alongside some of the very best in the profession.


Event Host

Somerset County Council

Somerset is special. Beautiful stretches of sandy coastline, caves, moors, the unique Somerset Levels, areas of outstanding natural beauty, cool-list towns, internationally renowned art galleries, the world’s largest green-field music festival and fantastic local food and produce. We have it all. 

Social care here is all about working together with passion, pride and intent to promote people’s independence and improve lives. We’re a progressive, inclusive, welcoming community and we’re immensely proud of our work.

We have exciting ambitions for the future – and we’d love you to join us to make them happen. Come chat with us.



Birmingham Children's Trust

Birmingham Children’s Trust exists to make a positive difference for vulnerable children, young people and families in Birmingham and our focus is clear. Talk to us about our forwarding thinking approach to children’s social work, and how we can support you in your career development.


Blue Stream Academy Ltd

Blue Stream Academy Ltd is the leading provider of eLearning to healthcare professionals throughout the UK, currently supporting over 250,000 trainees nationwide whilst improving
compliance and training outcomes throughout over 5,000 organisations.

The nursing & care home eLearning suite consists of 110+ CPD certified eLearning modules, suitable to train any member of staff within an organisation.

Every purchase includes complimentary account set-up and access to the marketleading Management Information System with its 15+ automated reports and a paperless solution to store external training, alongside an electronic policy sign and track system.

Bracknell Forest Council

Bracknell Forest - Keeping Social Work Real

Here at Bracknell Forest Council, we are putting Social Work firmly on the map; we are surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful forests and green spaces. We are energetic and rightfully proud about the excellent outcomes we provide for our communities.

Our Family Centred model sets us apart, it puts our families and communities at the heart of everything and puts our united Social Work teams at the centre. Our Social Work teams are without doubt our greatest asset and we will work with you to find you the right opportunity, providing the support and training you need to grow and flourish throughout your social work career which we hope will be with us.

Visit us on stand 22 to find out more and hear from some of our social workers about why they have already chosen us.


Brighton & Hove City Council

At Brighton & Hove, we are working hard to be a fair and inclusive workplace.  We are transforming our services – with relationships, compassion and fairness at the centre of everything we do. 

Ofsted reports that our social workers feel safe and supported and their morale is high. Staff enjoy working in our organisation and their tenacity in seeking to build relationships with children makes a positive difference.

Our action includes an Anti-Racist Project, identifying and tackling racism and supporting staff, families and communities who experience it. We are making positive progress but acknowledge there is still much more to do.


Children & Young People Now

Children & Young People Now provides practitioners working across children’s services with vital insight, expert guidance and examples of good practice through a monthly magazine and website resource at CYPnow.co.uk. The publication also runs a number of conferences as well as a coveted annual awards scheme highlighting innovation and excellence across the sector.


Chinara Enterprises

Chinara Enterprises are dedicated to developing people and organisations to excel. We offer learning and development solutions to social workers at all levels. This includes those wishing to return to social work, employers of social workers and recruitment agencies. Visit our website to find out more.



Community Care

Community Care helps social workers stay up-to-date with the latest and most significant developments in practice, law and policy to help them to change lives for the better and flourish in their careers. We also support social work employers and leaders to recruit and retain high-quality practitioners and develop their staff to the best of their abilities.

Our main website provides practitioners and leaders with critical news and information. The social work community can visit at any time for the most up-to-date news, and also sign up to our e-newsletters to have the latest information mailed direct to their inbox. 

Community Care Inform

Our online subscription-based service delivers expert-produced practice guidance in a quick and accessible format to help social work professionals make and evidence their decisions. More information can be found by contacting ccinformhelpdesk@markallengroup.com 

Community Care Jobs

Our recruitment site helps support employers to recruit the right staff and practitioners to find the right opportunities.

In addition to a jobs listing platform, the Jobs team develop bespoke partnerships with organisations to help senior leaders understand and overcome the issues surrounding social worker retention.
You can find out more by contacting commcarerecruitment@markallengroup.com

Come and meet our Inform and Jobs teams at Stand 20.


Critical Publishing

Critical Publishing produce books for social workers that offer a truly critical approach to help our readers think, analyse, evaluate, question and challenge. So our community of readers achieve better skills, increased awareness and greater success in their chosen professional paths. Our titles support people throughout their career journey.



Elder is a live-in care introductory agency that specialises in finding, vetting, and matching self-employed live-in carers to service users seeking full-time support in their own home. Elder’s matching technology, ElderMatch, pairs the service user with a carer based on individual needs and personality, enabling the delivery of high quality person-centred care at pace. We are able to have experienced carers in place within as little as 48 hours of the initial call, anywhere in the UK. We work closely with local authorities, NHS trusts, CCGs, charities, and care providers who are interested in commissioning live-in care within their communities.


HCL Workforce Solutions

'HCL Workforce Solutions' Social Care Division is one of the largest Social Care recruiters in the UK sourcing and placing both locum and permanent job roles. We work on behalf of local authorities, charities and the private and voluntary sectors, recruiting qualified professionals in all disciplines including children and families, adoption and fostering, adults, learning disabilities and mental health.


Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council pride ourselves on our innovative approach to effective service delivery. Employing 8,500 centrally and 23,500 in schools we are an exciting place to work. If you are looking for a new career challenge, we have a variety of opportunities to inspire you. We nurture talent, reward success and value individuals.


Jessica Kingsley Publishers

We publish books for professionals and general readers in a range of subjects and are well known for our long-established lists on social work, adoption, dementia and the autism spectrum. We have also published extensively in the fields of mental health, counselling, education and gender diversity.


Liquid Personnel

Liquid Personnel are a specialist social work recruitment agency. Founded in 2006, we are now the leading provider of agency social workers in the UK, supplying exceptional temporary and permanent social work staff to over 150 organisations nationwide, including local authorities, NHS trusts, fostering agencies, charities and many other private organisations.


London Borough of Merton

Putting children, families and vulnerable adults at the heart of all we do

Join us to deliver the improved life choices for our most vulnerable children and families, and supporting adults to live full and independent lives. Working to be London’s best council, our employees are committed professionals and we are strengthening our partnerships with health and the voluntary sector.



NICE’s core value is to improve health and wellbeing by putting science at the heart of health and care decision making. We provide dynamic, living guideline recommendations that develop best practice recommendations and advice for frontline practitioners and the public. Find out more about our work in social care by visiting our website.


Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council is the place to progress and refresh your social work career and achieve your ideal work life balance.

Norfolk is a beautiful county with a stunning coastline, bustling market towns, and the thriving and creative city of Norwich - listed this year as one of the best places to live by The Sunday Times.

In Children’s Services we are building on the positive findings of our recent Ofsted inspection. We have invested millions into transforming our Children’s Social Care teams, with an innovative new way of working. In Adult Services we support a wide range of adults through our person-centred approach that supports people to be independent, resilient and well.

We have great opportunities for social workers in a wide range of rewarding roles.



North East Lincolnshire Council

Discover North East Lincolnshire – The bustling towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham, surrounded by beautiful blue flag beaches and rolling countryside, we really do have a little of everything. With recent investment in our towns and industry, new jobs and affordable living, it is a perfect place to call home.


Opus People Solutions

Opus is a local authority owned recruitment agency, which focuses on keeping money within the public sector. We work directly with councils to understand their social work recruitment needs and fill locum vacancies. Candidates registered with us receive priority and are first to hear about any available jobs.


Oxfordshire County Council

Rated “good” by Ofsted, OCC offers diversity, flexibility, supportive management and fantastic Social Work Academy! We are committed to ensuring that our social care workforce has the right developmental and clinical support to enable workers to be safe and well in their work and to continue providing high quality support to children and families.

Our comprehensive ASYE programme offers newly qualified social workers a high-quality induction and probation programme that provides plenty of opportunity to build on the learning acquired whilst studying for their degree in social work. Our programme has been nationally recognised by Skills for Care.



Richardson Care Holding Limited

Richardson Care provides specialist residential care for adults with severe learning disabilities and a person-centred approach to rehabilitation for those with an acquired brain injury, with the help of our specialist MDT. Our homely environment encourages social integration, individual choice and respect for service users.


Social Work England

Social Work England is a specialist body taking a unique approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles. We believe in the power of collaboration and share a common goal with those we regulate—to protect the public, enable positive change and ultimately improve people’s lives.  

Social work is about people. Our purpose is to regulate social workers in England so that people receive the best possible support whenever they might need it in life. We are committed to raising standards through collaboration with everyone involved in social work.


Swindon Borough Council

Join Swindon and make a difference for children and their families after we were rated good by Ofsted in July 2019.

We’re investing heavily in children’s services and in you, through reducing caseloads and fostering a culture of learning, including through our social care and leadership academy, giving you opportunities and support to develop your career.


Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Working on the frontline has never been more challenging. For teachers and social workers, health and mental health professionals, and probation officers to name but a few, the challenges can feel insurmountable. As a Trust we seek to influence public policy wherever possible to improve our systems and increase funding for mental health services and related initiatives. We also provide education and training which enable all frontline professionals to work in more meaningful, effective, and rewarding ways with service users and each other.


The Caldecott Foundation

The Caldecott Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation delivering specialist therapeutic residential, education, boarding and foster care to the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.  We care for children who have suffered extremes of abuse and neglect and have often experienced multi-placement breakdowns.  Our vision is “Helping Children Build a Future”.


The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse

The CSA Centre aims to reduce the impact of child sexual abuse through improved prevention and better response. They support professionals working with children by collating and conducting research and evidence from practice and sharing that knowledge with professionals in practice, this includes training over 2000 individuals in the past year alone.


The Open University

Take the next step in your social work career, or unlock the potential in your workforce. With over 20 years' experience delivering qualifying social work training, our range of courses and flexible study arrangements help make ambitions a reality. Visit us on stand 30 to learn more.


The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

If you want to be part of a dynamic and creative organisation that puts listening to its diverse population at the heart of everything it does, we want to hear from you. In return, we offer extensive CPD, up to 33 days' annual leave, flexible working options, a travelcard for Zones 1 and 2 from your first day and more.

Visit us on stand 10.



UNISON is the UK’s leading social care union with more than 350,000 members across the sector. We provide workplace representation, a helpline open until midnight, legal help for work problems and accidents, and exclusive membership discounts. With the pandemic, cuts, redundancies and outsourcing, now is the time to join UNISON.


What Works for Children’s Social Care

What Works for Children’s Social Care seeks better outcomes for children, young people and families by bringing the best available evidence to practitioners and other decision makers across the children’s social care sector. 



Wokingham Borough Council


Find out why Ofsted recently told Wokingham that “Social workers are benefiting from reduced and manageable caseloads that are enabling them to do meaningful direct work with children and their families”.  Visit Stand 6.


Yogi Soft Ltd

Children are the essence of future. Who they are tomorrow is based on how they are raised and nurtured today. 

Years of Social Work studies and research, we have designed and developed a Cloud Based Application in improving the quality of work provided by the carers and support workers towards the young people in their care or accommodations.