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October 31st 2019

Birmingham NEC

Welcome and Opening

8.15am   Registration opens 

9.30am   Peter Edwards, Peter Edwards Law, your chair No Advocate, No Rights

9.50am   Kate Mercer, Your host Making it Better or Part of the Problem?

10.15am  WORKSHOP #1

1.1 The legal framework around end of life issues Mathieu Culverhouse, Irwin Mitchell

1.2 The Human Rights Act: not just for lawyers Patrick Stoakes, British Institute of Human Rights

1.3 Advocacy and BAME communities, is it making a difference?  Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE

1.4 Thirty years of the Children Act and the UNCRC - whats changed for children?  Carolyne Willow, Article 39

1.5 Advocacy within SEND processes Jo Barnicoat

1.6 Are you and your commissioner measuring anything useful?  Dr Kevin Mercer, Advocacy Data and Intelligence

11.15am  Comfort and refreshment break

11.45am  WORKSHOP #2

2.1 Supported living placements v care homes for younger adults Jess Flanagan, Camille Ivinson

2.2 Working with lawyers: what is involved in a challenge?  Stephen Cardinal, Irwin Mitchell

2.3 How effective is advocacy in Whorlton Hall style care settings Hazel Griffiths

2.4 The power of self advocacy - are you an ally or fixer?  Sam Clarke, Learning Disability England

2.5  Mind your language  Birmingham Children in Care Council

12.45pm Lunch and networking

1.45pm WORKSHOP #3

3.1 Less is more?  The future safeguards for liberty Neil Allen, 39 Essex St and University of Manchester

3.2 Legal remedies where young people have been abused or exploited Tom Fletcher, Chris Hurlston, Irwin Mitchell

3.3 Advocating with parents and carers Gail Hanrahan, Oxfordshire Family Support Network

3.4 Deaf Advocacy, understanding cultural issues and making it accessible Edward Richards

3.5 Getting People Better Lives Sam Sly, Enough is Enough Life Planning

2.45pm Comfort and refreshment break

3.15pm  Question Time

Join the panel debate and explore current issues impacting Independent Advocacy.  Submit questions or comment using #AdvocacyConf @KMercerTraining

Panellists include Irwin Mitchell, Hazel Griffiths, 

4.45pm Safe Journey Home! 

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