National Advocacy Conference 2020

 Programme - wed 28th october 

sponsored by

Activist Lawyers and Activist Advocates

9.30 - 10.30    The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A primer for advocates.  Dr Oliver Lewis 

Join Oliver as he takes us through the UNCRPD and explores its key provisions, what this means for people using health and social care and how advocates can use this as they provide support to individuals.



11.00 - 12.00   Water cooler chat.  Debate and discussion.

Join this session if you are interested in how advocates can increase their activism to demand change with people.  The session will be loosely structured to cover the following questions - but there will be plenty of opportunities for you to lead the agenda:

  • Why aren't more advocates taking on the activist role?

  • How do we increase our activism?

  • What does effective activism look like?

12.30 - 1.30  ​Legal challenges through Covid: an overview of cases brought by and on behalf of children through the Coronavirus pandemic.  Oliver Studdart, James Betts Irwin Mitchell

On one quiet night in April 2020, without any scrutiny or public consultation, the government introduced The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.  These removed nearly 100 safeguards which protect children and young people who are looked after. Oliver will explore the impact these Regulations had on children's care, its impact on children's rights and the brave journey one charity embarked on to challenge the Government.

2.00 - 3.00  For richer or for poorer: how the law has changed for people needing a house as part and parcel of their care package.  Belinda Schwehr   


In this session Belinda will cover developments in the law:

  • about housing under the Housing Act (deputyship and homelessness)

  • about (free) housing provision as part of s117

  • about (chargeable) housing provision as part of social care

  • why supported living providers, housing associations and investors need to keep up! 

3.30 - 4.30  Using Judicial Review as a tool of systemic change Oliver Carter Irwin Mitchell

Using legal remedies is an important way to not only overturn unlawful decisions but as a way to protect social justice and fair decision making.  Oliver will guide you through what a Judicial Review is and which decisions should be leading advocates to seek legal advice to bring about one. 

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