Programme

Please note: All details below currently reflect the original programme planned for 28 April. The conference has been postponed to 8 December.
We are planning to retain the conference programme as it stands, although this decision may be reviewed over coming months. Speakers will be contacted directly and confirmed for December.
 
Updated 27/03/20. All details are provisional. More information will be added when available.

09:15

Registration & refreshments

10:00

Opening

Prof Nick Pearce, incoming EIF chair of trustees

10:05

Welcome from EIF

Dr Jo Casebourne, chief executive, EIF

10:20

The power of early intervention

Hear from those who have first-hand experience of early intervention and its impact

Jade Batten, health visitor and FNP graduate, and Jezima Zahir, Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) parent, in conversation with Sharon Kemp, chief executive, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

10:50

Evidence, decision-making and effective early intervention

Expert perspectives on the value of an evidence-led approach

Prof Paul Ramchandani, LEGO professor of play in education, development and learning, University of Cambridge, in conversation with Sally Burlington, head of policy, Local Government Association

11:20

Break & exhibition

11:35

Breakout sessions

Panel discussions on four key issues, including evidence, policy and plenty of opportunities for questions and debate

  • Breakout 1: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): What we do and don’t know, and what next
    What does the ACEs literature actually tell us about their impact on childhood and later life outcomes? Are we searching for overly simplistic solutions to complex problems? What are the myths that have emerged around ACEs? Does the evidence support current practice? How should policy and practice respond?
    Christine Davies CBE, vice-chair, EIF (chair); Dr Kirsten Asmussen, head of what works, child development, EIF; Prof Eamon McCrory, professor of developmental neuroscience & psychopathology, UCL; Kate Stanley, director of strategy, policy and evidence, NSPCC; Dan Johnson, Scottish chair, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Breakout 2: Grit, character and resilience: How social and emotional skills support children’s attainment, mental health and wellbeing, and behaviour
    What is social and emotional learning (SEL) and what does the evidence tells us about its benefits? How are schools currently delivering these skills? How do we ensure that local partners and youth services deliver evidence-based approaches to social and emotional learning?
    Jean Gross CBE, independent consultant and writer (chair); Dr Aleisha Clarke, head of what works, child mental health & wellbeing, EIF; Bethia McNeil, chief executive, Centre for Youth Impact; Emma Lewis, head, Heathmere Primary School; Prof Robin Banerjee, professor of developmental psychology, University of Sussex
  • Breakout 3: Disadvantage in the early years: The role of speech and language in closing the disadvantage gap
    What works to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children in the early years? What is the role of speech and language support in closing the disadvantage gap? What does current policy and practice look like? What action is needed to close the disadvantage gap?
    Kelly Beaver, managing director of public affairs, Ipsos MORI (chair); Tom McBride, director of evidence, EIF; Prof Courtenay Norbury, professor of developmental language and communication disorders, UCL; Sheena Carr, deputy head of children, young people & families, Public Health England; Debbie Chase, director of public health, Southampton City Council
  • Breakout 4: Youth crime and violence: What do we know about what works?
    How can agencies work together to use the evidence on youth crime and violence? Why is there a gap between what we know works to prevent youth crime and violence, and what is currently being delivered? What action is needed to address that gap?
    Reshard Auladin, non-executive director, National Crime Agency (chair); Dr Jane O’Brien, director of evidence & evaluation, Youth Endowment Fund; Anna Crispe, assistant director of knowledge and intelligence, public health, Suffolk County Council
12:45

Lunch & exhibition

13:45

Breakout sessions

Panel discussions on four key issues, including evidence, policy and plenty of opportunities for questions and debate – repeat of morning sessions

  • Breakout 1: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): What we do and don’t know, and what next
  • Breakout 2: Grit, character and resilience: How social and emotional skills support children’s attainment, mental health and wellbeing, and behaviour
  • Breakout 3: Disadvantage in the early years: The role of speech and language in closing the disadvantage gap
  • Breakout 4: Youth crime and violence: What do we know about what works?
14:55

Coffee break

15:10

Ministerial keynote

Vicky Ford MP, minister for children and families

15:25

Plenary panel discussion: Putting early intervention at the heart of a children’s agenda

What action is needed to progress the early intervention agenda? What wider system and policy changes are needed to realise its potential?

Prof Nick Pearce, EIF chair of trustees (chair); Donna Molloy, director of policy and practice, EIF; Anne Longfield OBE, children’s commissioner; Jenny Coles, incoming president, Association of Directors of Children’s Services; David Simmonds MP, education select committee

16:25

Closing remarks

Prof Nick Pearce, incoming EIF chair of trustees

16:30

End

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