Subject: Staf Summer Newsletter

Welcome back everybody! We hope you’ve enjoyed the holidays.

Now, summer may be almost over... but here at Staf we have lots of new things to get excited about and maybe bring a little bit of sunshine back into our lives. So let us tell you about some of the events and exciting new developments coming up in the months ahead.
Staf Open Day and Launch of the Voices report "Listen…Can You Hear Their Voices?"
This event will go off with a bang as it is a celebration of our bigger, brighter office accommodation - available for our members to use - as well as the work the Voices project has achieved so far. 

The event will give delegates the opportunity to see the new Staf office and will showcase the Voices' work with young people from across Scotland. It highlights some key issues facing care experienced young people and offers young people’s recommendations on these issues. 
To find out more about The Voices, please contact our Young Facilitator, Simone Smith

6th September | 11:00am-2:00pm

Managers' Forum
Taking the Lead
A fantastic opportunity for members and non-members alike to learn, network and share good practice. There is a great day of speakers and content lined up; the day will help inspire you to ‘take the lead’ in working towards a better Scotland for our looked after children and young people.

21st September | 10:30am-4:00pm
Practitioners' Gathering
Building Relationships & Positively Changing the Way We Think
This Practitioners' Gathering as always will be a great day. Young people are welcome upon request. The day will offer lots of food for thought and we have a brilliant line up to get excited about.

25th October | 10:30am-4:00pm

Exploring Relationship Boundaries
Exploring ways to support and develop relationship based practice at a national level. There is often a gap between what young people want to receive from their care relationships and what can be offered. This group brings together corporate parenting practitioners from across Scotland and often has input from IRISS, Care Visions, Phil Coady and others researching good practice in this area.

Who should attend? 
Members and corporate parents including Local Authorities, voluntary organisations and independent practitioners looking to enhance and develop relationship based practice within their work. 

31st August | 2:00pm-4:00pm Edinburgh

Supported Lodgings/Carers
Staf actively promotes the development of supported lodgings as a positive transitional option for young people who are looked after. These can provide a positive environment of stability and support. 

Allowing young people the space to be ordinary teenagers and learn to manage a home, helps to develop a range of skills to prepare them for independent life. 

Who should attend? 
This group is highly recommended for providers of supported lodgings/carers services for young people. Colleagues in housing are encouraged to go.

14th September  | 11:30pm-3:00pm Edinburgh

Implications for Continuing Care
This is a really active group with a “can do attitude”that is working together to share experiences and find solutions that arise while implementing the new legal status of Continuing Care.

The Care Inspectorate will join the group on the 4th October as togther they work through the finer detail of what this new legal status means for inspection. 

Who should attend? 
This group is attended by the Scottish Government, Care Inspectorate, CELCIS and those working in; throughcare and aftercare teams, foster care, residential and kinship care.

4th October  | 1:00pm-4:00pm Falkirk

Culture vs Strategy- What is More Important?
The Dinner with Dialogue is a sponsored dinner, designed to allow a range of senior stakeholders across the corporate parent organsations to have strategic conversations in relation to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This dinner brings together young care experienced people, local authorities, Scottish Government and leaders from sectors such as housing, health, education, children and families to discuss the issues and commit to solutions.

So, young people and senior decision makers, get out your best formal wear! As with insights into the sector, it is you who can affect change through shared thinking that responds to the input of frontline practitioners and young people.

27th October | 6:30pm-9:30pm Edinburgh 

Summer | Autumn
Staf's Board meet four times a year and actively look for your participation through a 10 minute presentation slot where you can bring to their attention a subject you think they should be responding to. If you wish to know more please contact Jigjit Kaur Tait

26th August | 28th October
Staf AGM
This general meeting is a brilliant chance for you to find out more about Staf as an organisation, what we have been doing so far and our plans for the year ahead.
Look out for the invitation to attend which will come out at least 4 weeks before the event

25th November

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