An online event produced by staff at the London Borough of Camden will explore ways in which the local authority have tried to change the way it views child and family engagement with social services.

The Eventbrite page description says the online conference is family led, and will include “discussion circles” with local authorities who the organisers say are attempting to work with families and children rather than dominate them.

The background to the event is added below:

“Join colleagues from the London Borough of Camden (LBC) for a reflective morning exploring ways in which local authorities are surfacing and repositioning power of children and families in social work and family support practice, and how it’s helping children and families to flourish.

What is surfacing power? Put simply, it asks us to re-imagine how we think about power. It acknowledges that children, families and communities have power already and that the way we think, feel and act in children’s services can lift that power to the surface.

Co-led by family members, this event will explore examples of Camden projects that have helped us to re-imagine sharing and surfacing power with children, families and their communities. There will be discussion circles with a range of local authorities sharing their experiences of doing this vital repositioning work.

Workshops will give opportunity to dive deeper into the practice of surfacing power of children and families, explore the challenges and opportunities, and where this approach might go into the future.

Programme will include:

Co-design – Family Change Makers project; repositioning power by children and families taking the lead in service design

Systemic and Ecological Approaches – Right Balance project and Camden Model of Social Work; repositioning power by working alongside children and their families doing with and not to

Participation – Camden Conversations; repositioning power by empowering parents and young people to influence the child protection process

Family in the lead – 20 years of Camden Family Group Conference and families and communities leading their own solutions

Workshops to explore “In thinking about adopting the distributed leadership/surfacing power principle…..”

What works well /worked well in this idea of repositioning power and distributed leadership?

What are the challenges/gets in the way of distributed leadership/surfacing or repositioning power?

Examples of other projects/ways of thinking, being, feeling and working – what and how can we learn from each other to share practice?

An opportunity to share practice, problem solve, network and leave with inspiration.”

The event was shared on 16th October on Twitter by Becca Dove, a family worker and the head of family help at LBC.

The details for the conference do not mention whether social services experienced children and families are welcome, but as always if you would like to attend and find you have been turned down after registering for a ticket, let us know and we will look into this for you.

The seminar takes place on Friday 3rd December, from 9.30am to 12.30pm (GMT).

You can register for the event here.