KEYNOTE SPEECHES THAT TRANSFORM YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

We share powerful stories about lived and professional experiences that educate and inspire children’s services.

Powerful stories of lived and professional experience to challenge, inspire and motivate

Our keynotes are designed to challenge, inspire and motivate. Training and development that does not contextualise theory and system challenges can leave staff uninspired or overwhelmed. We provide the context of powerful stories of lived experience to bring these challenges to life and to offer new insights and new inspiration about what can be achieved. More than ever in our challenging working in environment there is a risk that people feel disconnected and isolated; we provide opportunities that bring people together to learn and be inspired by stories that will sustain the energy, motivation and understanding they need for their work with children.

When lived experience is missing from training and development and training is focused on theory, it can often be difficult to relate it to our day to day work with children. With COVID-19 services are having to adapt to digital making it difficult to provide development opportunities for staff and meaningful engagement for young people. More than ever there is the risk that people feel disconnected and isolated.

Our keynotes are opportunities to bring people together to learn and be inspired by stories that will enable them to build better relationships with children.

Our Keynote Speeches

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ONLINE TRAINING

All of our training is online to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

100 DELEGATES

We can host up to 100 delegates per session

3 KEYNOTES

We have 3 keynote speeches that are fit for anyone working with children on the front line or senior

90 MINUTES

We facilitate each session for 90 minutes to make these easy to fit into busy schedules

Our keynotes

Living a Careless Life

This speech will provide you with a professional and personal insight into the life of children in care, sharing stories that are inspirational, funny and moving. The audience will leave motivated and energised to work with children in care, understanding the huge impact a relationship can have for a child.

Leading Care

This keynote focuses on the system of leaving care, analysing the approaches to supporting children to effectively become independent. Like all of our keynotes, this one uses storytelling as the method to share experiences of leaving care and how young people develop their own incredible strategies to sustain independent living, gain educational achievement and access employment.

Lived Experience Leadership

How we can improve services by working with lived experience? Service delivery and design too often looks at the experience of young people as an afterthought, yet we know young people’s insights, aspirations and energy can make a huge difference to our understanding and effectiveness in improving systems. This keynote draws on our extensive experience of design and delivery to share key messages about how we can put young people at the heart of the systems that support them.

HOW WE PROVIDE VIRTUAL KEYNOTES

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We create an ‘event registration’ page

This is an online page that outlines the training you’ve booked and enables people to register.

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We provide you with advertising materials

We give you a training brochure, an event poster, email copy to send to staff, and we can even make you posts for social media. All of this is co-branded with your logo.

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We host online

We host your training online. We can host on multiple platforms including Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meets , ensuring we have the right platform that works in your service.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Learn about children’s services from the perspective of the people who have lived it.

We are passionate about redefining the traditional care narrative, challenging stereotypes and stigma to enable better understanding of the real experiences of those who have lived in care. Our keynotes aim to challenge, inspire and motivate audiences to see what can be achieved.

Our leaders have over 10 years of experience facilitating keynote speeches to young people, practitioners and leaders from children’s services, in the UK and around the world.

We combine our personal and professional experience of children’s services to craft keynote speeches that convey powerful messages, focussed on improving relationships with young people by understanding their lived experiences.

We have:

Our digital capacity enables us to provide powerful keynote speeches across Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meets and more.

Living a Careless Life - An Inspirational Story about Living in Care.

An Inspirational Story about Living in Care
 

Overview

The keynote is focused on the power of relationships, highlighting what individuals can do to have a huge impact on the lives of children in the care system. This includes how to communicate with children effectively, how to see the messages in children behaviour and spotting triggers that can often cause trauma for children.

Two concepts are integrated into this speech to give the audience an analytical understanding of how systems can create negative perceptions of young people and be a barrier to a young person accessing opportunities such as education or employment.

The first concept is understanding the written content of profiles and referrals, often these can be written in a way that don’t display children in a realistic and true way, often leading to placements been rejected, schools unwilling to offer children a placement and creating negative perceptions of children in the workforce. This keynote will provide you with key insights and tools to be enable you write profiles that will provide an authentic picture of children in care and improve the access to services.

Our second concept is the ‘Two Timetables’, this takes a look at how a school and children social care systems clash, focusing on how they can sometimes contradict each other and impact the child. This includes looking at the impact of ‘looked after reviews’ being held in school, sharing information between children social care and school and the role of a designated teacher.

This speech will provide you with a professional and personal insight into the life of children in care, sharing stories that are inspirational, funny and moving. The audience will leave motivated and energised to work with children in care, understanding the huge impact a relationship can have for a child.

 

This keynote is for frontline children’s services staff

  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Youth workers
  • Police officers
  • Health professionals.
  • ..or anyone that works with children!

Your Facilitator.

Luke Rodgers, Director of Strategy at The Care Leaders.

As a lived experience leader, Luke has a passion for and expertise in creating projects that benefit the lives of care experienced people, ensuring their experience is at the heart of all projects and training facilitated by The Care Leaders.

By understanding and giving a voice to lived experience, we gain the knowledge to develop our services to best serve young people. This is a translation process, where stories are turned into strategies, ensuring children’s social care is developed from the lives of the people who have experienced it.

As founder of The Care Leaders, Luke has led work in the USA, Europe and nationally in the UK, working with leading organisations in the children’s sector including The Fostering Network, University of Oxford’s Rees Centre, a wide range of Local Authorities, Fostering Agencies and The Department for Education.

Luke has won recognition for his work that includes ‘Entrepreneur of Excellence’ in 2015 from the National Diversity Awards, the ’Young Social Entrepreneur Award’ in 2014 from Unltd and ‘Children’s Achievement Award’ in 2013 from Children and Young People Now.

Most recently Luke’s commitment to improving outcomes for young people and families was recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List .

Leading Care - Redefining the Narrative of Leaving Care

Redefining the Narrative of Leaving Care
 
 

Overview

This keynote focuses on the system of leaving care, analysing the approaches to supporting children to effectively become independent. Like all of our keynotes, this one uses storytelling as the method to share experiences of leaving care and how young people develop their own incredible strategies to sustain independent living, gain educational achievement and access employment.

The phrase ‘leaving care’ suggests that children who enter care leave it, however many challenge this phrase by saying that ‘care’ leaves the child, the child doesn’t leave ‘care’. Our system is set up that young people will naturally come to an end of their journey though care, only if they keep the relationships they build along the way is there any physical connection to being in care.

We look at the psychological dynamic of leaving care, taking into consideration the mental health implications this can have, more importantly we look at how young people have overcome these and how individuals and services have helped to ensure young people feel safe, happy and thrive.

Navigation of external systems outside of the social care system are the new focus for a child leaving care, these include accessing education, gaining employment or using local government support for benefits, housing and other services offering practical support for children leaving care.

This speech focuses on stories of young people who have all, against all the odds, achieved incredible things leaving care. We believe that all stories of personal development are unwritten strategies for social change, this speech brings you the stories and the strategies to support young people to lead their own care and build a stable and happy life after care.

 

 

This keynote is for frontline children’s services staff

  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Youth workers
  • Police officers
  • Health professionals
  • Leaving care personal advisors
  • ..or anyone that works with children!

Your Facilitator.

Luke Rodgers, Director of Strategy at The Care Leaders.

As a lived experience leader, Luke has a passion for and expertise in creating projects that benefit the lives of care experienced people, ensuring their experience is at the heart of all projects and training facilitated by The Care Leaders.

By understanding and giving a voice to lived experience, we gain the knowledge to develop our services to best serve young people. This is a translation process, where stories are turned into strategies, ensuring children’s social care is developed from the lives of the people who have experienced it.

As founder of The Care Leaders, Luke has led work in the USA, Europe and nationally in the UK, working with leading organisations in the children’s sector including The Fostering Network, University of Oxford’s Rees Centre, a wide range of Local Authorities, Fostering Agencies and The Department for Education.

Luke has won recognition for his work that includes ‘Entrepreneur of Excellence’ in 2015 from the National Diversity Awards, the ’Young Social Entrepreneur Award’ in 2014 from Unltd and ‘Children’s Achievement Award’ in 2013 from Children and Young People Now.

Most recently Luke’s commitment to improving outcomes for young people and families was recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List .

Lived Experience Leadership

The Impact of Experience on Service Delivery and Design

Overview

What does it mean to have lived experience? When we think about negative experiences we naturally think they are inhibitors of progression because of the psychological trauma that they can cause, but what if it was seen differently, what if we could use these experiences for personal development and see how we have grown and learnt skills that help us every day without even realising it, this is exactly what this speech does.

In this keynote we completely reframe lived experience, first by putting forward the argument that there isn’t actually negative or positive experiences, its only the way we think about these experiences that give meaning to them. This doesn’t dismiss negative experiences and their impact, it provides an alternative way to look at them through learning about how we over come them and what skills we developed to do so.

When a child moves home, we often call this unstable, when we can also see this as adaptability. Adaptability is an incredible skill that enables us to navigate different social situations, work collaboratively and work will under pressure. If a child has to move area or change school we can see this as unsettling as they lose friends and have to gain new ones. We can also see this as the development of soft skill such as communication, children learn empathy and emotional intelligence with each person they meet, they become great judges of character. Each time a child changes social worker we can see this as another loss and focus on the psychological effects of separation and loss, what if we saw this also as understanding grief and overcoming this, or understanding each time we have a personal relationship we learn something deep about ourself.

This way of thinking is a mindset that if grasped can provide a powerful tool to understand and reflect back the experiences children in care have. On top of this is we can reflect this back to children and help them understand this mindset, this could be the key to them using their experiences to lead and not feel they hold them back.

 

 

This keynote is for frontline children’s services staff

  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Youth workers
  • Police officers
  • Health professionals
  • Senior leaders
  • ..or anyone that works with children!

Your Facilitator.

Luke Rodgers, Director of Strategy at The Care Leaders.

As a lived experience leader, Luke has a passion for and expertise in creating projects that benefit the lives of care experienced people, ensuring their experience is at the heart of all projects and training facilitated by The Care Leaders.

By understanding and giving a voice to lived experience, we gain the knowledge to develop our services to best serve young people. This is a translation process, where stories are turned into strategies, ensuring children’s social care is developed from the lives of the people who have experienced it.

As founder of The Care Leaders, Luke has led work in the USA, Europe and nationally in the UK, working with leading organisations in the children’s sector including The Fostering Network, University of Oxford’s Rees Centre, a wide range of Local Authorities, Fostering Agencies and The Department for Education.

Luke has won recognition for his work that includes ‘Entrepreneur of Excellence’ in 2015 from the National Diversity Awards, the ’Young Social Entrepreneur Award’ in 2014 from Unltd and ‘Children’s Achievement Award’ in 2013 from Children and Young People Now.

Most recently Luke’s commitment to improving outcomes for young people and families was recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List .

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