“The role of the IRO in championing children’s rights in the age of austerity”


Conference chairJune Thoburn OBE, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of East Anglia

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Speakers include:

  • Ben Ashcroft, life & care exerienced author, Halifax2London walker, Every Child Leaving Care Matters 
  • Ray Jones, Emeritus Professor Kingston & St George’s University London, author, media columnist and commentator, NAIRO Patron  ‘Scanning the Horizon – Hopes and Fears for the Future of Children’s Social Services and Social Work’
  • Jeanne Kanuik OBE, Coram Adoption. Early Permanence:  placements which support young children during proceedings’
  • Stephen Scott, Professor of Child Health and Behaviour, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience  ‘What works in promoting attachment security and social adjustment in fostered children’
  • Andy Elvin, CEO of TACT Foster and Adopt, @Millinerstale1  Taking Stock or Taking Care? Current issues in fostering’
  • Jessica Eaton,  @Jessicae13Eaton ‘Palatable victim blaming in CSE: The language, the interventions and the assumptions’
  • Caroline Landes, Partner & Head of Children & Domestic Abuse, MW Solicitors, and founder of the NAIRO legal helpline for IROs ‘Protecting Children’s Rights – IROs using the court process’
  • Sir Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party ‘Influencing government in hard times’