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Children in Scotland's Annual Conference 2018: Day one

Led by Jane Devine and Lucy Ritchie, day one start with Jackie Brock sharing our 25 Calls to change children's lives and a challenge from our CYP advisory group, Changing our World.

You'll then be able to choose from 18 very different workshops led by young people, practitioners, researchers, play workers, health workers and other experts from across the children's sector.

We'll finish with keynotes from Fiona Murphy, NHS bereavement lead at the time of the Manchester Arena tragedy, who will be followed by the inspiring young campaigners from On the Ball.


0900      Registration, refreshments and exhibition

0930      Chairs’ welcome
Lucy Ritchie, Youth Action Champion, Changing Faces
Jane Devine, CEO, Four Square and Vice-Convenor, Children in Scotland

0950      25 Calls to change children’s lives for the better
Jackie Brock, CEO, Children in Scotland

1010      Our challenge to you
Changing our World, Children in Scotland CYP advisory group

Select ONE of the following six workshops:

1a Less shouting, more kindness: what makes a good teacher by the children they teach
Charlaine Simpson, Senior Education Officer GTCS

1b Supporting families affected by FASD
Dr Patricia Jackson OBE, Paediatrician and Children in Scotland board member
Eileen Calder, Director, FASD Scotland

1c Have your say with free play
Steve Nicol, Play development lead, Play on Wheels
Eleni Daskalakai, Play support worker, Play on Wheels

1d Poverty, parents with ACEs and the attainment gap
Ruth Donnelly, Health improvement lead, Glasgow HSCP

1e Conflict dynamics, improving relationships and young people’s wellbeing
Duncan Gordon, Trainer, Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution

1f Our digital journeys
Join three very different organisations at varying stages of implementing digital services to learn about the successes, challenges and roll-outs of their digital journeys:
- Scottish Book Trust: Buiding an app the Bookbug way
-Children’s Health Scotland: new eLearning on children’s health rights
- TASC: Relationships, sexual health and parenthood: a new eLearning resource for Scotland

1120    Refreshments and opportunity to visit 40 children’s sector organisations in exhibition hall


Select ONE of the following six workshops:

2a     Changing the way we see people who look different
Young people from Changing Faces

2b     Improving LGBT inclusion in your settings
Young people from LGBT Youth Scotland

2c     Me, my mum and CEDAR
Young people from Scottish Borders Council CEDAR programme

2d     Don’t judge: we’re no different to you
Young People’s Organising and Campaigning Group, Aberdeenshire Council

2e     No limitations in the early years
Amy Johnson, Policy Officer, Zero Tolerance
Henry Mathias, Head of Professional Practice and Standards, Care Inspectorate

2f       Overcoming barriers to reporting hate crime
Arun Gopinath, Manager, Central Scotland Regional Equality Council

1235    Lunch and opportunity to visit 40 children’s sector organisations in our exhibition hall

Choose ONE of the following six workshops:

3a   Building and rolling out a mental health and wellbeing award
Elaine McFadyen, Qualifications Manager, SQA

3b   Coercive control: children's experiences and effective responses
Scottish Women’s Aid

3c   The Bridge to Employment: Overcoming barriers to employability for young people with autism spectrum disorders
Young people from the Better Lives Partnership, supported by Andy Margerison, Trustee

3d   Pizza family learning
Susan Stewart, Famliy learning coordinator, Renfrewshire Council
Karen Tierney and Rachael Kerr, Community learning officers
Joanne Munro, Principal Teacher, St David’s Primary School

3e  From Syria to Rothesay, how our refugees are re-building their lives on a Scottish island
Morag Brown, Business Improvement Manager, Argyll and Bute Council

3f    Understanding Dad – big impact from small changes
Chris Mietzis, Programme lead, Fathers Network Scotland

1420    Working together to support families following the Manchester Arena tragedy
Fiona Murphy MBE, Associate Director of Nursing, NHS Northern Care Alliance

1500    On the Ball: improving inclusion in the world of football
Erin, Mikaela and Orlaith, On the Ball Campaigners

1520    Evaluation and chairs’ closing remarks

1530    Close

KEYNOTE: Fiona Murphy MBE
Assistant Director of Nursing for Bereavement and Donor Support NHS Northern Care Alliance

Fiona is an experienced, pioneering and award-winning nurse who has transformed practice across the north of England. In May 2017 her experience and skills were critical in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing where she jointly led the bereavement services, working closely with police, coroners and other services to care for and support the victims and their families.

Keynote: Fiona Murphy MBE


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