Subject: Staf's November e-News

Dear Friend,

As the clocks go back, we've been looking forward this month - and we've got a lot to look forward to!

We've been putting the final touches to our National Conference on 27th November and I'm delighted to confirm that we've now sold out. If you've missed out this time, join our waiting list here.

This month we also announced an exciting International Child Trauma Conference to be held in Scotland in 2020 and featuring world-leading trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry. You can find out more in my blog below.

Last Friday, Staf HQ also joined hundreds of others at the Who Cares? Scotland 'Lifetime of Love' Rally in Glasgow - part of the first ever Care Experienced Week. It was a great day - we all left full of love, passion and determination to do more.

We've also just had an informative and fun Practitioners' Gathering in Stirling. For a flavour of what happened on the day, below is a blog from Ged Neil. Ged told his own care story and taught us practical techniques to reduce stress in our own working lives and for the young people we support.

Finally, we've been exploring two of the big issues you have been raising with us - Universal Credit and the Care Experienced Bursary. You'll find more information on both issues below.

That's all from me for this month, I look forward to seeing you all at our conference!

All the best,


Norma Corlette, Staf CEO
All You Need is Love: Care Experienced Week 2018
This year, during Care Experienced Week, we took to twitter and the streets to highlight the importance of relationships and to support Who Cares? Scotland's 'Lifetime of Love' Rally. Find out more on our website.
Bruce Perry Event Announced
This month we announced, alongside a steering group of other organisations, that an International Child Trauma Conference would be held in Scotland in 2020, featuring world-renowned trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry. Read Norma’s blog on this exciting announcement.
Universal Credit - Five things you should know
The UK government’s roll-out of Universal Credit has garnered a great deal of media coverage over the last year. The controversial change in benefits, which sees six varying benefits condensed into one payment, is currently being rolled out across the country.

Here are five things you need to know about Universal Credit.

SAAS Care Experienced Bursary
The SAAS Care Experienced bursary was introduced last year to care experienced young people in higher education, and has this academic year been extended to those in further education. Find out more about the bursary, support for young in people in education, and how this relates to practice, on our website.
An interview with Gerald Neil
Gerald Neil is a successful accountant and qualified stress and relaxation therapist who spoke at our Practitioners’ Gathering in Stirling. Here, we talk to Gerald about his background, how to improve the lives of care experienced young people and how we can all do more to reduce stress in our lives.
Creating a system that privileges relationships
How do we create a trauma-informed system which privileges relationships and allows our young people to thrive? We explore Dr Karen Treisman's thoughts on trauma in this blog on our website.
Council Tax Exemption
CELCIS, in association with the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Alliance, has published a Good Practice Note for local authorities who are implementing the council tax exemption for care leavers. Check out the guidance on CELCIS' website.
National Conference: Healing from Trauma and Moving On
27th November 2018 | Glasgow Science Centre

Unfortunately, tickets for our National Conference are now sold out. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please visit our website.
Focus Groups
Supported Lodgings, Supported Carers Focus Group
Wednesday 5th December 2018 | 11.30am - 2.30pm

This group continues to meet on a quarterly basis and its members include most of the Scottish Local Authorities and third sector providers of this important and developing service.

We provide a supportive forum to share good practice, local and national developments and discuss issues around Care Inspectorate inspections. This group is aimed at members and corporate parents who provide supported lodgings or supported carer services for care-experienced young people.
Implications of Continuing Care Focus Group
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 | 11.30am - 2.30pm

Meeting since 2014, the Implications of Continuing Care focus group offers a safe place to discuss issues and practice arising from Part 11 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

At this meeting we will be sharing best practice and discussing how we, together, can overcome current issues: from ensuring adequate funding and resources, to ending the postcode lottery faced by young people.

We will be joined by colleagues in Fife who will share their current developments and good practice. Clan ChildLaw who have a new 'Care Leavers' Rights Project' will also be with us to share this new work.
Care Leavers into Employment Focus Group
Tuesday 5th February 2019 | 11.30am - 2.30pm

Our Care Leavers into Employment focus group considers the issues faced by young people in both accessing and sustaining employment, with the aim to influence change in both local and national policy.

Join us to discuss employability schemes, mental health, transport, and how to remove barriers currently in the way of care-experienced young people from getting and maintaining jobs.
Local Authority Members Meeting
Wednesday 20th February 2019 | 10am - 12.30pm, Stirling

This is a first to bring local authority managers together to look at issues specific to delivering statutory services to young people.

Join us in the familiar surroundings of the Albert Halls in Stirling where we will spend time discussing current practice issues including:
  • Transitions
  • Welfare
  • Service delivery and design

As always there will be plenty of time to catch up with colleagues, spending time together networking and sharing practice.

You can find out more, including booking information on our website.
We also have a number of additional dates for your diary next year:

Supported Lodgings, Supported Carers Focus Group: March 2019

Implications of Continuing Care Focus Group: 16th April 2019, University of Strathclyde

Care Leavers into Employment Focus Group: 1st May 2019, Glasgow
If you only have time to read, listen or watch one thing this week, make sure it's one of the below.

Read: Growing evidence suggests that Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an attachment-focused family therapy, is effective in helping children to recover from developmental trauma. Edwina Grant, Certified DDP Trainer, explains how.

Listen: In this podcast, Elizabeth Beddoe discusses the role of resilience in social work, particularly in relation to practitioner and student wellbeing. Elizabeth talks about her research and the developing field of interprofessional supervision.

Watch: A film about the Fostering Network in Scotland's young champions - young people aged between 15 and 22 who have lived in a fostering household in Scotland.

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