Removing the barriers - In Control's 25th Children's Programme residential

On the 3rd and 4th March 2014 we will be hosting the 25th residential event from the Children's programme and this time the focus will be on removing the barriers to implementing self-directed support and the SEND reforms.

The two-day event will take place at Kents Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes and a draft programme can be found below.

Tuesday 4th November 2014

10am: Welcome and introductions - Chair: TBC

10.10am: Introductions and group discussion - Success is possible!

10.30am: It's about children, young people and families…better schools, better support and brighter futures, Christine Lenehan, Council for Disabled Children (TBC)

11am: Success, mistakes and the knotty issues - a view from the adult world - John Woods (Care Act team DH, ex-Surrey County Council lead for self-directed support)

11.30am: BREAK

11.45am: Group discussion - What's stopping us then?

Questions to Christine Lenehan, Andrew Baxter (DfE) and John Woods

1pm: LUNCH

2pm: The Knotty Issues! These workshops will include a presentation and a facilitated session on thinking through the challenges and finding solutions

Growing into independence (transition),

Presenter: Nic Gitsham, PfA / NDTi and Facilitator: Miro Griffiths


A new child, young person and family centred culture,

Presenter: Tricia Nicoll and Facilitator: Andrew Tyson


It's not about more services it's about more inclusion,

Presenter: Martin Donkin and Facilitator: Claire Lazarus


Working Together with the single aim of better outcomes

Presenter: Sue Bottomley and Facilitator: Jill Bauld


Maximising potential minimising risk

Presenter: David Miller (NSPCC) and Facilitator: Nic Crosby

3.30pm: BREAK

4.00pm: The Children's POET Year 2 - A preview of the findings and new report

The key messages for the government - Andrew Batxer with Claire Lazarus and John Waters

4.45pm: Moving forward with personal budgets - learning from our work supporting children's services across the country and the key challenges for the future, Nic Crosby

5.00pm:  25 Residentials later! Reflections from Pippa Murray, Paul Connolly and Nic Crosby

Group discussion

5.45pm: Close

7.30pm: Evening meal

Wednesday 5th November

9.15am: Welcome to Day 2

9.30am: Schools, College and OFSTED, Charlie Henry, Ofsted (TBC)

10am: Engaging with schools and colleges….what works, what doesn't work and how can we make it better? Table discussions and group work

11am: BREAK ….a chance to get meetings booked, emails written down…..

11.15am: Me My Family My Home - Tim Keilty and Sam Sly

12pm: Group discussion - supporting children and young people with very individual support needs and complicated home lives

12.30pm: What next? Nic Crosby

12.50pm: Round-up



Members of In Control's Children's Programme are entitled to two free places, please contact to book on.

Additional places can be booked by members at a discounted cost of £275 plus VAT per place.

If you are not a member but wish to attend we do have a small number of guest places, these cost £400 plus VAT per person - please contact Caroline Jowett for more information.

26th Residential event

Our next residential will be in Leeds on 7th and 8th July 2015, further information to follow.

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Last Updated : 16 December 2014. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.