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National Advocacy Conference 2023

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Wed 8th - Fri 10th November - Online virtual sessions

We love on line sessions!   Free, easy to join & in the comfort of your own chair. Who doesn't love a virtual conference session?

It is our greatest pleasure to bring a spectacular array of incredible speakers who have really important insights and experiences to share with you.  Please book onto individual sessions using the links below.

Wed 8th Nov

10am Chris Memmott: 
"Autism Basics and Roundabout Theory.  Discussing the changing understanding of autism and the realisation that sensory and social overload underpin nearly all autistic struggles". 

12.30pm Katie Wilkins & Oliver Studdert, Irwin Mitchell

"Unregulated Accomodation for children and young people"

In this session, Katie Wilkins and Oliver Studdert from Irwin Mitchell, will go through the general legal principles that underpins unregulated accommodation, what happens at transition at 18 before taking questions from the group at the end.

Thurs 9th Nov

2pm Nadine Tilbury, Norah Fry Disability Studies,
"Substituted Parenting:  What does this mean for learning-disabled parents in the family court context.  This presentation will share the finding from this research, with judges, barristers, solicitors, guardians and advocates, about how the term 'substituted parenting' is being used in the family court and share recommendations to improve practice"

Fri 10th Nov

11am Dementia Enquirers: 

"Dementia and Hope:  This conversational style workshop hosted by Philly Hare and in conversation with Irene Donaldson, who is living with dementia, will explore:

  • What it’s like to have dementia

  • What can make it easier (how to help) – inc. ‘reasonable adjustments’

  • The importance of hope

  • Self-advocacy and peer support

  • Co-creating research


12.30pm Social Finance 

How independent advocacy can make a difference for people with learning disabilities and autistic people- Evidence from the Henry Smith Programme.

Independent advocacy can play a powerful role in helping people with learning disabilities and autistic people, but more work is required to evidence its impact. Lack of data is holding back advocacy organisations from making a collective case to funders and policymakers – further exacerbating challenges in an unstable funding environment. To help bridge this gap, Social Finance are working closely with 15 advocacy organisations across the UK, funded by a £2.6m grant from the Henry Smith Charity over there years. In this article, we share recent research findings from our ongoing work as a learning partner in this space. We focus on why non-statutory advocacy is important, how it supports people, and areas where it can do more.



2pm Lucy Series:  

"Places like home: The right to home is protected under human rights law, but too often people who draw on care and support find themselves living in institutional environments, or ‘micro-institutions’ that purport to be a home. How can advocates distinguish between meaningful homes and mini-institutions when they advocate for people’s meaningful rights to home?"

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