A CPD-status member-only event with a fantastic line-up of speakers that we think Children England members will find extremely relevant and valuable.

‘Children in Need’ is a concept that remains at the heart of child welfare policy making and practice in England. It is central to the Children Act 1989, the most significant piece of child care legislation in the last 30 years, identifying the need for the state to both promote the welfare of and safeguard children. When the Act was being constructed and in its process of implementation the concept of ‘Children in Need’ was the subject of much debate. In the subsequent years it has continued to be a contested term and is relevant to the key debates currently taking place in the sector. Fundamentally this raises questions as to how services for children are funded, but has implications
for day to day practice.

This conference explores the meaning of children in need in 2018. It will include discussion of:

  • Funding for services for children and their families
  • The quality of services for disabled children
  • The relationship between family support and child protection
  • The role of the voluntary and statutory sectors
  • Thresholds for intervention
  • The rights and responsibilities of parents
  • The meaning of a child-centred system
  • The role and nature of social work in contemporary children’s services


Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of Council for Disabled Children

Steve Walker, Director of Children Services, Leeds City Council

Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England

Councillor Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council, and Chair of Children and Young People’s Board, Local Government Association

Professor Jane Tunstill, Emeritus Professor, Royal Holloway, and Visiting Professor, King’s College London

James Blewett, King’s College London, and National Chair, Making Research Count

Steve Broach, Barrister, Monckton Chambers


This conference is being run by Children England and Making Research Count. It has CPD status for social workers and is open to Children England member staff (who should book using the form below or request an invoice from Children England) and to members of Making Research Count (who should book by emailing Janet Noble).

Bookings close on May 7th.

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