Tue 17 November

Staf National Conference 2020

With an international line-up of speakers, the conference will focus on why life-long social connections are more important than ever for care leavers. We’ll explore the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of care-experienced young people and those who support them and, crucially, how we can reverse that impact. And we will make the case of young people being at the heart of decision-making as we transition to a better normal. Speakers include:

  • Johann Hari, author of two bestselling books including ‘Lost Connections: Why you are depressed - and how to find hope’
  • Kit De Waal, author of critically-acclaimed novel ‘My Name is Leon’ who worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law and has written training manuals on adoption, foster care and judgecraft for members of the judiciary.
  • Dr Stacy Blythe, Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University, with a research interest in the health and wellbeing of children in out-of-home care, infant mental health and Developmental Trauma.
  • Tony Bloemendaal, a fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy founded by world-renowned trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry and expert in trauma and neglect.
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