Knowledge and best practice was shared at social work conference

Northumberland County Council recently attended the North East Children’s Social Work Conference to share knowledge, experience and best practice across other local authorities. 
The North East Social Work Conference, held in Sunderland, was attended by over 300 people from all 12 North East local authorities to discuss children’s social care across the region. Workshops were delivered by each local authority to share their best practice in children’s social care while young people with experience of the social care system also delivered some sessions. 
Cath McEvoy, Executive Director of Children’s Services at Northumberland County Council is Chair of the Children’s Safeguarding Network and opened the conference.  She said: “We are delighted to attend and take part in the North East Social Work Conference. 
“The event was very well attended and was a great opportunity to have an open dialogue across the regional local authorities to share our knowledge and experiences and learn from one another.” 
Cllr Wayne Daley, Cabinet member for children’s services at the council added:  “Working closely with our neighbouring local authorities allows us to share and learn from each other to provide our young people with our best care. 
“The conference featured a wide number of workshops, each focussed on different topics within children’s social care and provided an opportunity for each authority to showcase their knowledge and experience within each subject area.” 
Members of Northumberland County Council’s family placement service facilitated a workshop entitled 'The Journey to Placement via Adoption', which was very well received by conference delegates. 
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