Releasing Potential Conference 2019:

‘Managing Transitions in Education, Support & Social Care’

Wednesday 10th July 2019

New Place Hotel, Shirrell Heath, Hampshire, SO32 2JY

Afternoon Keynote: Hugh Constant


Transitions are a locus of anxiety for children and young people, especially those facing uncertain futures or those with additional needs. Against the backdrop of funding cuts and the closure of vital services, good transitions for children and young people are needed more than ever, and can make a real difference to outcomes and life prospects for the most vulnerable in society.

Our own recent change from outreach provider to an OFSTED-inspected school for students who are dis-applied from the National Curriculum has relied on a series of well-managed and complicated transitions. Our 2019 conference brings together a range of important voices to explore transitions in, to, and from education and social care settings. In particular, we hope to foster collaborative networks and the sharing of innovation and best practice across a range of sectors including health and social care, education, housing and the third sector.

Topics will include:

* Transitions from and to secondary school

* Transitions from and to primary school

* Transitions to tertiary education

* Post-16 work placements and social enterprises

* Transitions to and from alternative provision

* Transitions from outreach to school provision

* Transitions in and out of social care placements

* Transitions in and out of supported housing

* Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Afternoon Keynote

Hugh Constant,
Practice Development Manager at the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

A social worker by background, Hugh has managed a Transition service for Surrey County Council, and is the author of SCIE’s recent guidance ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ about the role of social workers in supporting young people with learning disabilities in the transition to adulthood and adult services. Hugh is also SCIE’s MCA lead and works extensively on safeguarding audits of the Church of England.



David Euridge,
Reigate Valley College 

David Euridge is the Executive Head Teacher of 3 Pupil Referral Units and one Special School for SEMH primary in Surrey. Reigate Valley College gained an outstanding judgment in all areas in May 2014 and again in October 2017 and this has enabled David to support other failing PRUs. David’s background has included transforming behaviour at a mainstream Special Measures school and he has a passion for supporting students with behavioural difficulties to achieve the best outcomes and be able to progress in education. David is a National Leader of Education and now supports mainstream schools with behaviour management strategies to support children with SEMH.

Dr Kieron Hatton,
University of Portsmouth 

Kieron Hatton is a Principle Lecturer in Social Work at Social Care at the University of Portsmouth. He has published widely on Social Pedagogy and is particularly interested in its use in work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds in both education and social care settings. Kieron has recently completed a major research project on children at risk of permanent exclusion from school in collaboration with Dr Catherine Brennan at Releasing Potential. He has recently published on the topic of service user involvement in care and education, and is developing new collaborative research with a number of third sector partners, including work with Releasing Potential on Child Criminal/ Child Sexual Exploitation.

Jannine Harris,

ADHD Wise 

Janine Harris is the founder of ADHD Wise, a UK based charity devoted to helping parents and professionals to support children and young people with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. Jannine offers resources and delivers training to teachers and other professionals nationwide, as well as coaching and support in specialist areas including: Autism, Attachment Disorder, and Dyslexia. Jannine’s background is as an SEND Teacher and Researcher and a Special School Teacher; she holds an MA, PGCE (QTLS), and an MSc in psychology.

Professor Sarah Parsons,
University of Southampton 

Sarah Parsons is Professor of Autism and Inclusion within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton. She has significant research experience in disability related projects and particular interests in the use of innovative technologies for children with autism, the views and experiences of disabled children and their families, evidence-based practices in autism, and research ethics relating to children and young people. Sarah has led and managed research encompassing a range of methodological and analytical approaches, using qualitative and quantitative techniques, and is skilled in the development and application of child-centred methodologies for accessing the views of children with special educational needs.

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