Protecting Children at a Distance: Multi-Agency Working and Service Provision with a focus on Looked After Children and Care Experience Young People

Monday 26 July 12pm - 2.00pm

Penny Earney Chair AoCPP SIG for Looked After Children and Care Experience Young people She has experience of working with families and vulnerable children, both clinically and strategically within health, and the wider system, over the last 40 years building a wealth of expertise, competencies, knowledge and skills. Working as an independent specialist health practitioner, she continues her passion for improving and sustaining effective service delivery to support vulnerable children and families.

Dr Jenny Driscoll is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of the MA in Child Rights & Development at King’s College London. She practised at the Family Law bar for over a decade, specialising in child protection cases. Her academic interests cover child protection and children’s rights, and recent research has addressed looked after children's transitions to independence and the role of schools in safeguarding.

Dr Ann Lorek is a Consultant Paediatrician, and Co-Director of the MA in Child Rights & Development at King’s College London.  She works as a Designated Doctor for Safeguarding and has worked as a general community paediatrician with children and families in Southeast London for more than twenty years.  Her research work has included brain injury prevention, refugee child health, and safeguarding. 

Jenny and Ann will present some of the findings from a multi-agency research project investigating child safeguarding and protection responses during the Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing measures. They will focus on the impact of the pandemic on inter-agency working and provision of services for looked after children and care leavers, as well as the implications for workforce support and development.

 

Their presentation will be followed by small working group discussions to explore the implications for practice based on participants’ experience and views, to include: placement availability and stability, changes in carer and child profiles, assessment backlogs and ongoing relaxation of timeframes, and support for care leavers. Groups will also be asked for views on support for the workforce given increased numbers in care, and backlog in generic workload.

 

Finally, participants’ views will be sought around future priorities for children in care and on the edge of care.

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