Subject: Staf's September e-News

Hi Friend,

August has been an exciting month for us - we are delighted to announce that Staf have been awarded three years' funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to work with members and their care experienced young people to support the development of a benchmarking tool for relationship-based practice. If you would like to be involved in this project, please email to register your interest.

Time is running out to take part in our Staf Membership survey! You only have two more weeks to let us know your views on Staf and the events we run. Your views will influence Staf's three year strategy, so don't delay!

All the best,


Norma Corlette, Staf CEO

The Importance of Relationships Project
We're working on a project to highlight the importance of relationships in the lives of care-experienced young people & the incredible difference these relationships can make. There is still time to volunteer to tell your story! To read more and apply, click here.
Staf Membership Survey
Please take five minutes to complete our short membership survey - even if you are new, or haven't been able to attend one of our events before! The reason Staf exists is to represent you and give you a forum to air your views, so please make sure you take this important opportunity to give us feedback. 
Supported Lodgings Report
Heriot-Watt University's Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) has published a new report on supported lodgings, exploring the feasibility of long-term community hosting as a response to youth homelessness in Scotland. You can read the report here.
Implications of Continuing Care Focus Group
Following on from Kezia Dugdale's report Falling Through the Cracks, we will be spending time at our next Implications of Continuing Care Focus Group on 25th September reviewing the report with a view to sending her a response to the document. We have also invited Kezia to attended to speak to the report. To register, click here.
New Care Experienced Theatre Company
Funded by Life Changes Trust, the Citizens Theatre are offering young care experience people the opportunity help create their own company. Running over the next two years and working hand in hand with theatre professionals, the new company will learn and develop the skills to shape and manage their own company and take it into the future. If you are interested or want to find out more please contact Carly McCaig - email or telephone her on 0141 418 6278.
Focus Groups
Staf focus groups continue growing from strength to strength. Network with practitioners in your field and explore best practice at one of our next focus groups:

Next meeting: 12th September 2018, 11.30am to 2.30pm

Implications of Continuing Care Focus Group
Next meeting: 25th September 2018, 11.30am to 2.30pm

Managers' Forums and Practitioners' Gathering
This autumn’s series of managers’ forums focus on how we as a community of managers seek to develop our services, reacting to policy and sector developments and giving weight to the views of the children and young people we work with.
  • Managers' Forum (Stirling) 11th September 2018 at the Albert Halls, Stirling
    At this forum we will discuss what we can learn and implement from the findings and recommendations outlined in the Frameworks Institute report on Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understanding of Care Experience and the Care System in Scotland, and explore the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill to understand how the changes to the minimum age of criminal responsibility will affect our services.

  • Practitioners' Gathering 30th October 2018 at the Albert Halls, Stirling
    This PG is a special Care Leavers Week event, taking practitioners and young people on a journey through understanding the impact of stress on our bodies and how relaxation can help boost our confidence and self-esteem. Thanks to funding from the Life Changes Trust we can offer one free place for young people per worker.
Staf National Conference 2018
Healing from Trauma and Moving On
27th November 2018, Glasgow Science Centre

Staf's first National Conference will bring together national and international speakers to share the latest findings and practice from neuroscience and trauma recovery, which will serve to strengthen our existing understanding as you deliver services to the young people in your care.

Tickets are going fast - get yours today to avoid missing out.

If you only have time to read, listen or watch one thing this week, make sure it's one of the below.

Read: Morgan Lee Cataldo writes about a lived experience perspective of trauma and looks at the barriers to care from a community perspective.

Dr. Gabor Maté, Melissa Warner and Tim Adalin discuss meaning, responsibility, trauma and more in this podcast.

Watch: Told through the voices of children, learn how putting together the seven-piece jigsaw puzzle of 'Developmental Trauma' can help us understand how adverse childhood experiences have shaped emotional and outward behaviour and how this can be repaired.

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