Subject: Staf's June e-News

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Dear Friend,

It’s been a bit dreich here in Glasgow recently but it’s cheering to reflect on another bright and busy month here at Staf.

We’ve held yet another successful conference – a full-day training session with Dr Karen Treisman. It was great to see so many teams buzzing with new ideas on developing a trauma-informed culture.

Our journey on trauma-informed practice doesn’t stop there. Many of you told us that you wanted to learn more on workforce wellbeing so I am delighted to announce our next step.

The ‘We Care’ conference will be held on 29 October in Stirling, focusing on workforce wellbeing and trauma-sensitive care. Tony Bloemendaal, a fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy founded by Dr Bruce Perry, will lead this conference alongside his colleague Dr Roland Verdouw. 

Book your place here.

I'm also very excited that our new project - Project Return - is now underway. Through knowledge of trauma and supportive relationships, this project will support young people to return to a life that isn't determined by experience of trauma.

Finally, a new Policy Engagement Group is being formed to put the voices of our members at the heart of our policy. I'm delighted that the group will be chaired by David Barr, whose term as Staf chair will end this summer. Find out how you can get involved below.

So with lots of new projects now on-the-go, our members can expect to see a lot more from us over the summer – whatever the weather!

Until next time, 


Norma Corlette
CEO, Staf
Keeping up the momentum on trauma-informed change
Can you spot yourself in our conference highlights video?

In May we held a full-day training session with Dr Karen Treisman on trauma-informed cultural change. The day was preceded with our first-ever 'Brew and a Blether', a session which brought together a small group of leaders within our membership to discuss their trauma-informed journey.

Following the training, we were told it was "Thought-provoking, inspirational" and that participants expected to go back to their organisations and share their learning. Many people also said that they would look at things like their work environment or HR policies as a result.

We're keen to keep up the momentum for change, so if you're interested in developing a community of practice around trauma contact
Returning young people to a life that isn't determined by experience of trauma
In a country that believes that young people deserve care and love, it cannot be right that their wellbeing and success is often determined by the adversity and trauma they have experienced. Yet through developing a greater knowledge of trauma and investing in supportive relationships, we can return young people to a life that is not determined by their experience of trauma. Staf has begun a new project to do just that. Here’s what you need to know about Project Return.

Mapping Relationships - Make sure your voice is heard
Papoula, Learning and Development Project Worker, is currently working on the consultation phase of our Mapping Relationships project, and is seeking your views on relationships.

Find out more about the project and how you can get involved.
Participation project becomes 'Youth Just Us'
Since the initial info session in April, the Youth Justice Voices steering group has really started to take shape. So much so the group have decided to give themselves a new name: 'Youth Just Us'. Not only is it a clever play on words they also felt it gave “justice” to justice-experienced young people by dropping the label.

Find out the latest from Ruth, our Youth Justice Participation Worker.
Looking at best practice from the Care Inspectorate inspection in Fife
At Staf we work to connect our members to increase good practice and improve the lives of care leavers. As part of this work, we will produce a series of blogs that summarise the key strengths identified by the Care Inspectorate in inspections of Staf members.

Do you want to help shape Staf policy?
Staf is delighted to announce the formation of a new Policy Engagement Group to ensure that the voice of our members is at the heart of our political output. Check out our short blog with an overview of the group’s remit, and get in touch if you are interested in getting involved.
The Forum Extra: Continuing Care podcast
Join us for The Forum Extra, our bite-sized podcast around continuing care, as Pamela (Head of Learning and Development) tells us more about Staf's focus groups, reminds us what continuing care is and members of the Implications of Continuing Care focus group share some positive practice taking place in their areas.
We Care: Workforce wellbeing and trauma-sensitive care

Tuesday 29th October 2019 | 9am - 5pm | Stirling Court Hotel
We are delighted that Tony Bloemendaal, a fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy founded by world-renowned trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry, will join us for this exciting one-day trauma training event. Tony will also be joined by his colleague Dr Roland Verdouw, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Robin Fancourt Memorial Scholar with the ChildTrauma Academy.

Without adequate support, those caring for young people who have experienced trauma and neglect can be affected by compassion fatigue, burnout and vicarious trauma. This training event will look at how we can support frontline workers through ‘trauma-sensitive caregiving’, where we recognise the impact that our own life history and wellbeing can have on the children and young people we work with.

This learning will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in supporting frontline workers to who want to learn more about the impact of neglect and trauma, as well as improve their professional quality of life. This will, in turn, allow them to bring their ‘whole self’ to work and deliver the relationship-based practice we know is key to healing from trauma for young people.

Youth Justice Voices

Monday 3rd June, Monday 10th June, Monday 24th June | 5pm to 7pm
This group is for young people with care and justice experience between the ages of 16 – 25. The next meetings will take place at 5pm-7pm on Monday 3rd, Monday 10th and Monday 24th June – if you are interested in getting involved please contact for more information. Travel costs will be covered.
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.
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.

The recent work of this group has discussed commissioning placements, fostering fees and payments. Good practice from colleges across Scotland has been shared and we have enjoyed input from CELCIS, Clan ChildLaw and Fife Council. 

Our Care Leavers into Employment focus group tackles the issues faced by young people in both accessing and sustaining employment. This group brings together workers from across the public and third sector to discuss and dissect current practice issues.

Our most recent focus groups meetings have discussed the Scottish Government’s proposed Job Grant to form consultation responses, engaged with DWP representatives on issues surrounding care leavers and social security, and shared best practice form around the country. 
This event has been created exclusively for local authority managers to give you space to discuss the issues that matter to you, given your unique statutory responsibility in delivering service for care leavers.

We held our inaugural local authority forum in February, where we discussed issues such as Continuing Care, the Care Experienced Bursary and out-of-local authority placements.

Our second local authority members’ forum will focus on the issues that are live for you – and we want to hear from you, our members, in shaping the day’s content. Get in touch with if you have something you wish to add to the agenda. 
Care Leavers' Week Event
Tuesday 22nd October 2019
We will be running an exciting event on Tuesday 22nd October to celebrate care leavers’ week. Keep an eye out on our website for further information over the coming months!
Save the date - we're bringing Dr Bruce Perry to Scotland!
In partnership with other organisations, we are hosting an International Child Trauma Conference - More than My Trauma - in 2020, featuring world-renowned trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry. Our partners for the event are Kibble, Children in Scotland, Clackmannanshire Educational Psychology Service, Aberlour and Seamab.

Be the first to get the details as they're announced - sign up to the mailing list today.

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

Read: A new online training course to help support unaccompanied and separated children launched last week. This free six-week online course, produced by CELCIS through FutureLearn, focuses on the importance of considering the needs of unaccompanied and separated children and young people on the move, their circumstances and wishes.
Listen: Listen in and meet Ashley Jean-Baptiste – care leaver, Cambridge University graduate, X-Factor finalist, documentary maker and BBC reporter. In this podcast, Ashley talks about his past, how being in care didn’t stop him achieving, and why he thinks it’s important that more people like him are in the media and bringing in fresh ideas.
Watch: Brené Brown studies human connection – our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research on vulnerability. This will be of particular interest to those who are leading transformational culture change towards trauma-informed practice in their organisation.
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