We are delighted to open booking for the return of the NNECL annual conference on the 22nd November 2022 at the Friends' Meeting House Conference Centre, Manchester.

The draft programme for the day is below, including information about the workshop sessions, but please be advised that some of this may be subject to change as we continue with our planning for the event. 


We can accept payment by card or by BACS. If paying by BACS, Please choose the relevant ticket and then contact us [email protected] with the payment details required by your finance office.

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9:30am            Registration/refreshments/meet the team (staff and trustees)

10:00am          Welcome (NNECL Co-Chairs)

10:15am          Keynote 1: Charlotte Ramsden OBE, Strategic Director for People, Salford City Council

10:45am          Keynote 2: John Blake, Director for Fair Access and Participation, OfS 

11:15am          Student Panel on Turning Points for Care Experienced Students

11.45am          Refreshments

12.00pm          Workshop 1 (Choose one option)

  • Supporting care experienced students from initial enquiry to graduation and beyond, Wendy Price OBE, University of Sunderland
  • Aspire2University (A2U) - An innovative approach to supporting care experienced students into HE, Melanie Harris, University of Wolverhampton
  • Joining the dots: why put governance structures in place?, Sam Dyer and Natalie Bracher, University of Exeter
  • Working together with local authority leaving care teams, Hannah McCowen, National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum and Kent County Council

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            Keynote 3: Dr Neil Harrison, University of Exeter, Research on Graduate Transition

2.30pm            Workshop 2 (choose one option)

  • KU Cares Connectors: Enhancing Employability, Developing Support, and Building Community, Beth Taswell and Lydia Ansong,  Kingston University
  • The implications of the independent review of children’s social care on support for care-experienced young people, including those attending university, Department for Education
  • Care experienced support and the Quality Mark process at small and specialist institutions, Morag Duffin, University of Law and Hannah Bayfield, Research Associate, Cardiff University
  • Working collaboratively with internal partners to improve support for care experienced students, Fran Hornsby, University of York

3.30pm            Working together: the NNECL Quality Mark and the Care Leaver Covenant, Moira Mitchell, NNECL, and Natalie Latham, CLC

4.00pm            NNECL: QM awards and closing remarks/refreshments

4.15pm            Networking & departure


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