Grandparents Plus and Family Lives are pleased to present our Reimagining Kinship Care Conference which will address the urgent need to focus attention on kinship care.

The conference provides an opportunity to hear about new research and insight about young people in kinship care and kinship carers. The exciting workshop in the afternoon is presented by design agency UsCreates and will encourage new ways of thinking about kinship care.

The conference starts with findings from a series of research projects carried out by Grandparents Plus and the University of Bristol. First up, Dinithi Wijedasa from the University of Bristol will present the latest research on the prevalence and characteristics of children in kinship care.

This will be followed by our own CEO Dr Lucy Peake who will reveal the results of Grandparents Plus’ 2017 Kinship Care: State of the Nation survey. Lucy will also detail what we've learnt through Relative Experience, our kinship carer support programme with Family Lives.

Finally in our research section, Professor Elaine Farmer from the University of Bristol will discuss the findings from Grandparents Plus’ Growing Up in Kinship Care research, which is the first study on the outcomes in early adulthood of children brought up in kinship care.

The final session in the morning of the conference features our keynote speakers and we're pleased to confirm there will be contributions from Robert Goodwill MP, Children and Families Minister (video presentation) and Emma Lewell Buck MP, Shadow Children and Families Minister.

Places are available for the morning sessions and you can register by visiting:

In the afternoon we have a workshop session facilitated by design agency UsCreates but places for this are limited and we are actually at capacity. If you are interested in attending this you can join the waiting list when you register for the morning conference and we'll let you know if spaces become available.

The afternoon session will provoke and challenge current approaches to kinship care, encourage creative thinking about what kinship care could look like in future and start to design a plan of action to achieve this collaboratively. We’ll be involving young people, kinship carers, practitioners, academics, policymakers, charities and other experts to help create a kinship care model that works.

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