Reimagining the child welfare system for the 21st century

Leeds Hilton Hotel will play host to a three-day international conference between 23-25 November exploring innovative practice in working with families.

Aimed at those working or teaching in the fields of education, social care, health and family, and children’s services; the conference is a rare opportunity to learn from the best of the international learning community with speakers from Canada, the US and New Zealand as well as the UK all at the forefront of innovative approaches to child welfare and family practice.


Reimagining the child welfare system for the 21st century presents the ideal opportunity to experience international innovation in working with families, with speakers including:

  • Dr Moana Erurera, Principal Advisor Maori, Office of the Chief  Social Worker, New Zealand.
  • Anne Longfield OBE Children’s Commissioner for England.
  • Professor Jennifer Llewellyn, Viscount Bennett Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.
  • Gale Burford, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Vermont.

In addition to the keynote speeches the conference includes workshops, fringe events, a drinks reception and conference dinner with talk by Lemn Sissay MBE: writer, poet, associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation, inaugural trustee of World Book Night and honorary doctor of letters.

Registration and further information

For further information about the programme and to register please visit