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Children in Wales Annual Conference 3 October 2018, 10am – 4pm

Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

Children in Wales Annual Round Table Conference

The Whole Child: The importance of getting it right


Children can experience uncertainties, adversity, poverty and trauma. The ability to adapt well, cope better and thrive despite these challenges is a crucial aspect of their lives.

The Children in Wales Annual Round Table Conference will provide opportunities to consider current research and practice that takes a ‘whole child’ approach to improving resilience in childhood. This will include integration of services and the crucial role of the third sector.

The Children in Wales Annual Conference is supported by NCPHWR

The conference will be chaired by Dr David Williams, Chair of Children in Wales, Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Confirmed speakers:

  • Huw Irranca-Davies, AM and Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Welsh Government

  • Understanding and using current Welsh research to influence practice: Professor Sinead Brophy: Wellbeing and mental health are not the same and Early research findings on treating parental mental health to increase childhood well-being Professor Ann John: Mental health in teenagers and young adults – Are we in a crisis? Dr Annie Williams, CASCADE: Resilience, strengthening families and investing in edge of care principles

  • David Egan, Professor of Education: Children’s Health and Wellbeing and the New School Curriculum in Wales

  • Catriona Williams OBE, Chief Executive, Children in Wales:The importance of getting it right in the current context

  • Rocio Cifuentes, Director, EYST: The importance of social cohesion for children and families

  • Sarah Crawley, Director, Barnardos: Examples of integrated services

Panel Session: Panel members will be contributing to a discussion about the priority actions needed to ensure the resilience and wellbeing of Children and Young People in Wales.

  • David Melding AM: Chair of the Improving Outcomes for Children Ministerial Advisory Group

  • Lynne Neagle AM: Chair of Children, Young People and Education Committee

  • Samuel Taylor, Chair of the Young Wales Project Board

  • Martin Featherstone, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations

  • Councillor Huw David, Bridgend

Poster Presentations and Market Place

The conference will provide fantastic opportunities to meet with Wales based researchers, discuss the latest findings and help to inform future topics. During the lunch period, delegates can visit the Market Place to hear researchers present their posters in live ‘bitesize’, 5 minute presentations.

In addition, the Market Place will host exhibitors from a wide variety of sectors, providing delegates with information and excellent networking opportunities.

Who should attend?

Professionals working with children and their families and those with a policy lead or interest in childhood resilience and wellbeing. The conference will be relevant to all sectors involved with children and families, including the third sector and the statutory sector.

For more information view the leaflet, or Click here to book.

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