Professionals Knowledge Exchange

A Professionals Knowledge Exchange for people working with or commissioning services for special guardians and other kinship carers.

About this Event

This event will be held online.

The audience for this knowledge exchange is professionals working with kinship carers and is not aimed at kinship carers themselves. We will be holding events specifically for kinship carers in the near future. We will provide refunds for any kinship carers who sign up. If you are a kinship carer and are interested in helping to shape events for you, please email


10.00 – 10.30

Presentation: Lucy Peake, chief executive, Grandparents Plus, Kelly Taylor, special guardian and project worker, Sharon McPherson, special guardian and Grandparents Plus advisory group member.

• Kinship care post-Covid: Where are we now, how do we build back better.

10.30 – 11.15

Keynote: Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for England (Children and Families)

• Supporting children in kinship care: Challenges and opportunities

11.15 – 11.50 – BREAK

11.50 – 12.15

Launch: Special Guardian Support Guide – Krish Kandiah, Chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board

12.15 – 12.45

Presentation: The legal landscape and post-order support: what social workers need to know – Nigel Priestley, Senior Partner of Ridley & Hall Solicitors

12.45 – 14.00 – LUNCH & NETWORKING (Networking facilitated through Hopin)

14.00 – 14.30

Insight: Yvette Stanley, National Director for Social Care, Ofsted

14.30 – 15.00

Best practice in developing special guardianship support: Sarah Johal and Rhian Beynon from One Adoption West Yorkshire

15.00 – 15.30 – BREAK

15.30 – 16.15

Discussion – Adoption Support Fund: Vas Patel, Senior Policy Officer, Department for Education and Kate O’Brien, Director of Programmes and Business Development, Grandparents Plus

16.15 – 16.30 – BREAK

16.30 – 17.30

Fireside chat: Sir James Munby in conversation with Natalie Baldry, special guardian and Grandparents Plus trustee

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Who is this event for?

You should join if you are working with special guardians and kinship carers or you’re responsible for commissioning services supporting special guardians and kinship carers.

Attending these sessions will count towards your Continued Professional Development.

Other information:

Joining instructions will be sent one week before the event.

No refunds will be made, all ticket costs go towards supporting kinship carers.

About Grandparents Plus:

Grandparents Plus is the leading charity for kinship carers. We use our experience, expertise and strength to change lives. We support kinship carers in their homes and communities, giving advice and helping them work through problems to find the best way forward.

We connect carers together in our national community and network of local support groups, so they don’t have to face the fight alone.

We help professionals understand kinship families and improve support for them. And through our research and campaigns we make sure kinship care is understood and government knows what changes are needed.


Jan 27 2021


10:00 am - 5:50 pm




Grandparents Plus