Monday 1st June and Wednesday 3rd June

Posted on May 21, 2020 by engage

The second #engage_and_connect session on Tuesday 19th May welcomed Keith Fraser, Chair of the Youth Justice Board. Keith thanked colleagues for their dedication, innovation and commitment during these unprecedented times, and challenged the concept of what is “normal” and if we want to (or should) return to it. He referred to the importance of a “child first” approach and highlighted the overlap between justice and welfare and the connectivity across organisations concerned with them such as engage in their future and the Youth Justice Board.

Sharon Gray, Co-Opted member of the National Committee, then shared an overview of her work on re-connection, recovery and resilience and how important it is to identify and understand the challenges and issues experienced by all stakeholders as we move towards schools re-opening to more students.

In response to feedback, this second #engage_and_connect delivered a more interactive session for participants as queries were asked and experiences shared. Staff well-being, mapping the transition back to school for all stakeholders and reconnecting with our wider networks of service providers and suppliers being just a few of the issues addressed.

With so much covered, participants (and those that weren’t able to make it) may find it useful to view the session.

Of course, the underlying benefit of #engage_and_connect is that it provides the opportunity for colleagues to talk, share, listen and realise that they are not alone.

We are therefore delighted to confirm that the third #engage_and_connect session will take place on Wednesday 3rd June at 1.30pm when we will be joined by Barry Carpenter. His focus has been on supporting schools to develop a Recovery Curriculum, a framework that acknowledges and accommodates the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic has had on children and young people. We’re looking forward to Barry sharing his work and resources with participants.

Sharon Gray will also be following up on her presentation at the second session with more detail about the work she has been doing.

As before, the session will also address concerns and priorities whether they’re immediate or anticipated so participants are encouraged to share questions or highlight particular challenges in advance of the meeting. These will be shared (anonymously if preferred) during the session and in these unprecedented times, no question is off limits. Please do get in touch by emailing us at contactus@engageintheirfuture.org by Monday 1st June.

This is also the email address to use if you would like to join us next week at  #engage_and_connect. Please email us at contactus@engageintheirfuture.org to register and we’ll send you the invitation link and joining details. We’ll be accepting registrations right up until the session starts but we recommend you get in touch sooner rather than later.

Once again, we are delighted to partner with NASS and will be picking up on some of the support and learning that they have shared.

Many of you have also raised concerns around PPE and risk assessments. In response we have arranged an extra #engage_and_connect session on Monday 1st June at 1.30pm with Bernard Allen to explore how schools and children’s services can work together to balance risks so that we can safeguard children and staff while meeting their need.

Don’t forget to email us to register and add both meetings to your diary. We look forward to meeting with you on Wednesday 3rd June.


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