Confirmed speakers include:

  • Michael King: Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
  • Sally Kelly: virtual school head
  • Vas Patel: Care and Permanence Team, Department for Education
  • Dr Lucy Peake: CEO, Grandparents Plus

The event will address challenges such as:

  • Financial support
  • Relationships and family contact
  • Adoption Support Fund
  • Education

Reserve your space here. We will then send you a booking link


Who should attend

Social workers, children’s services team leaders, support workers and practitioners who work with special guardians and other kinship carers*.

This is a free event thanks to our funding partner Nesta – the innovation foundation


At this interactive knowledge exchange you will be able to:

  • Share: Hear practical examples from other social workers from children’s service teams about how they deliver their friends and family care policy – share with others in a safe space the successes and challenges you’ve faced and what you’ve learnt along the way
  • Network: Meet your counterparts from children’s services teams from across the country and problem-solve together
  • Listen: Hear how the latest research into special guardians and kinship carers can inform effective working practice for your team.
  • Join: Join our kinship care professional’s network to link up with social workers from local authorities across the country and stay up-to-date with the latest information on supporting special guardians and kinship carers
  • Learn: Better understand some of the issues affecting kinship carers and the children they care for
  • Discover: Find out how Grandparents Plus supports kinship carers across the country through our advice service, as well as how we can help your team provide localised, cost effective, one-to-one family support and support group management via our commissioned service - Kinship Connected
  • Develop: Count this free event towards your CPD days

Grandparents Plus is the only national charity that exists to support all kinship carers, including special guardians, and we regularly consult with our community of over 6,000 kinship carers as well as run a free advice service supporting over 2,000 people a year.

Our network of over 500 professionals – mostly social workers working with special guardians and other kinship carers - meets regularly in both London and the North of England to discuss relevant issues and problem-solve together. If you are not already a member of our kinship care professionals Network, you are welcome to join here.

Reserve your space here. We will then send you a booking link