Descriptions of the main themes and topics that our speakers intend to cover in their sessions are outlined below: 

DAY 1

Keynote 1: Ten-year vision for youth work. SPEAKER: Leigh Middleton

Leigh will set out a ten-year strategy to shape the future for youth work and services for young people. One-year on from the cross-party APPG Youth Affairs report that urged greater investment, minimum service levels, a workforce strategy and a dedicated minister, how has the landscape changed and what does the future hold for youth work?

DAY 1

Seminar 1 - Panel Discussion: What do we need from a new generation of youth workers? SPEAKERS: Paul Fenton & Abbee McLatchie

Paul and Abbee will provide a manifesto for training, qualifications and continuing professional development for the future workforce. They will discuss the ongoing review of youth work curriculum and qualifications and how this will affect professional qualified youth workers, trained youth support workers and skilled volunteers, and set out new routes into the profession and the skills for youth workers in the future.

DAY 1

Seminar 2: Participation and #YouthVoice - SPEAKER: Antonia Dixey & Youth Voice Pioneers 

This session, co-facilitated by young people, will provide practical solutions to fix youth involvement challenges that are easy to implement. It will signpost to new toolkits, top tips, workshops and podcasts supporting you to help young people help themselves and encourage decision makers to listen.

   

DAY 2

Keynote 2: Thinking practically about outcomes, quality and measurement. SPEAKER: Bethia Mcneil

Bethia will ask whether we should be rethinking the role of youth work and evaluation during the pandemic. She will provide an overview of recent work on developing an outcomes framework and quality improvement process for the youth sector, alongside an applied approach to measurement. Bethia will also explore the implications of shared measurement approaches for the youth sector, and the types of data that we will need to start collecting together.

DAY 2

Seminar 3: The Future of Universal Youth Work. SPEAKER: Kathryn Morley, OnSide Youth Zones

Covid-19 has had far reaching implications for youth services and the young people they serve. This session will explore how open access provision has responded and what the long term implications could be..

DAY 2

Seminar 4: Case Study: Empowering girls and young women. SPEAKER: Flavia Doherty, Getaway Girls

Seminar 4 will see Getaway Girls, winner in the youth work category of the 2019 CYP Now Awards, talking about how they empower girls and young women. Led by Flavia Doherty, Getaway Girls is a Leeds-based youth work charity which has been empowering girls and young women to build confidence, resilience and aspirations for over 30 years. They will share good practice tips, the impact of their projects and young women’s stories of change to help you re-establish young women-centred, strength-based approaches in your youth work settings.

   

DAY 3

Keynote 3 - Re-imagining Schools. SPEAKER: TBC

Day 3 will begin with a keynote on re-imagining schools: the role for youth work and youth services.

DAY 3

Seminar 5 - Contextual Safeguarding in youth work settings. SPEAKER: Paula Skidmore

This seminar will address the steps some local authorities and London boroughs are taking to embed contextual safeguarding approaches when creating and delivering programmes to increase safety, reduce violence and draw contexts more explicitly into their safeguarding efforts.

DAY 3

Seminar 6 - Embedding youth work in health settings. SPEAKER: Johanna Fitzsimmons

Johanna will be joined by the charity’s youth ambassadors and together they will share their experiences and perspectives of ‘teachable moment’ interventions and trauma-informed youth work. Johanna will discuss working in health settings such as A&E from the point of view of senior management and on- the-ground staff; and how to build and maintain working relationships with health staff.

   

Day 4

Seminar 7 - Panel Discussion - Opportunity Guarantee: Employment and Training. SPEAKERS: Laura-Jane Rawlings & Sam Windett

Day 4 will feature two 50-minute panel discussions on Employment and Funding. This session is on employment and further details will be coming soon. 

Day 4

Seminar 8 - Panel Discussion - Investing in the Local Youth Offer. SPEAKERS: Joanne Rich & additional speakers to be announced

The Government has promised investments which will provide new opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities, support their personal development and get the skills and confidence they need to enter the workplace and reach their full potential. This session will look at how this money will be spent to address the growing needs of the sector.