Round tables

These small roundtable discussions took place on the exhibition floor in the learning and career hub. 

Time Information
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Round table: effective practice audits - bringing IROs and virtual schools together to improve looked-after children’s education
Carey Cake, head of independent statutory services, Norfolk County Council

Attend this roundtable to discover how Norfolk County Council IROs are using data analysis and effective practice audits to collaborate with the county’s virtual school to improve the education of looked-after children. Hear:

  • What are effective practice audits and how they use curious questions to identify unmet need
  • How Norfolk’s IROs are working with the virtual school, foster carers and birth parents to improve the education of looked-after children
  • How the approach is helping the virtual school deliver better quality education
  • How the approach is now being extended to children on child protection plans
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Round table: steering young people away from violent gangs and extremism
Sarah Rahman, Service manager for family support and protection, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Hone your understanding of how to steer young people away from radicalisation and gang violence in this discussion hosted by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. This roundtable will explore:

  • Exploitation and the overlap in working with young people involved in gang violence and radicalisation 
  • Effective methods for engaging families where young people are at risk of being drawn into radicalisation or gang violence
  • The role of child protection plans
  • Getting the most out of multi-agency mapping meetings
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Round table: developing an outcomes-focused service for 0- to 25-year-olds with disabilities
Russel Breyer, director of local delivery - children and young people with disabilities, Essex County Council
Caroline Tandy, occupational therapy manager - children and young people with disabilities, Essex County Council
Owen Chizimba, team manager, transitions team - children and young people with disabilities, Essex County Council
Jill Langston, senior practitioner - children and young people with disabilities, Essex County Council
Kerry Surridge, senior information, advice and guidance advisor - children and young people with disabilities, Essex County Council

Services for children and young people with disabilities have traditionally supported families who are struggling to cope with the day to day pressures of caring for a disabled child. But is enough being done to prepare young people with disabilities to be as independent as possible in adulthood? And what might a service that seeks to achieve this look like? This round table looks at how Essex County Council is engaging with families and partners, and combining skills from across the children’s and adults’ workforce, to build a progression-based service. It will cover:

  • The aims and benefits of an outcomes and progression-focused service
  • The key principles and approaches underpinning the service
  • Working across age groups, agencies and partnerships to achieve the service objectives
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Round table: reflections on reflective practice
Gillian Buchannan, principal social worker, West Sussex County Council

What do we mean by reflective practice? How do we encourage it and how can we evidence it in our practice? This roundtable discussion will focus on a number of ways reflective practice can be encouraged and sustained in children’s services. It will:

  • Describe how the use of appreciative enquiry from a Signs of Safety perspective can be used to develop reflective practice
  • Share practice examples of reflective practice in action
  • Consider how we can best evidence reflective practice in casework and supervision
  • Identify some of the barriers to reflective practice and ways to overcome
Time Information
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Round table: developing an exemplary career progression and professional development offer
Hayley Griffin, head of localities social work, Norfolk County Council

The Norfolk Institute for Practice Excellence – Norfolk County Council’s programme for newly qualified social workers – is recognised by Ofsted as an exemplar. In this roundtable discussion the council will:

  • Outline its plans to expand the institute to incorporate Norfolk’ social work academy
  • Reveal how its new job family framework will improve social workers’ career development
  • Share its social work job family framework
  • Explain the role of its teaching partnership with Suffolk County Council, University of East Anglia and University of Suffolk
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Round table: transforming social care for children and families

As one of the first authorities to become a Department for Education Partner in Practice, Hampshire County Council is testing and implementing different ways of working to develop the quality of social work practice and improve capacity among its social workers. Hear about:

  • Hampshire’s £6m investment in its social workers
  • How the council is building capacity of social workers with technology, personal assistants and specialists from other disciplines to support work with families with complex needs
  • Hampshire’s framework for collaborative, relationship and strengths-based social work
  • The council’s retention payments and five days a year of additional training for social workers


Hampshire County Council’s Partners in Practice team

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Round table: the PROSPER programme - innovation and safer provision of care for residents in Essex care homes
Rod Manning, quality improvement officer, Essex County Council

Pimp My Zimmer? Light My Night? This round table discussion offers an opportunity to talk with Essex County Council’s quality improvement officer Rod Manning from the Essex PROSPER programme about how care providers in Essex better meet the needs of elderly residents by thinking creatively and involving residents, provider staff and social workers. Learn how the PROSPER programme has:

  • Generated learning about transforming quality improvement approaches
  • Uses evidence and innovation from the health to the care sectors
  • How these approaches can be implemented