The 2018 National Social Care Conference took place, for the first time ever, in the elegant surroundings of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in the heart of Cardiff City Centre on 12-13 September.

The conference was attended by over 400 delegates, speakers and exhibitors, with 50 exhibition stands, over 30 speakers sessions and many more engagement opportunities for all involved.

The Main Conference sessions, held in the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, was aimed at Directors and Senior Managers of Local Authority Social Services, Welsh Assembly Members, Welsh Assembly Government Civil Servants, Elected Council Members, as well as Senior Managers from the voluntary, independent, health, education and housing sectors.

Main conference sessions included headline speaker, broadcaster Fiona Phillips – who gave a moving personal account of her experience caring for parents with dementia; along with Nazir Afzal – the much regarded former Chief Crown Prosector who has overseen high profile prosecutions including the Rotheram child sexual exploitation case; and Richard McCann – an inspirational speaker with a unique story to tell of overcoming adversity.

The Learning Zone, held in the Richard Burton theatre, was aimed at a wider delegation from across the care sector, including people who work in social services, social care, early years and childcare in Wales, from frontline practitioners to senior decision makers, as well as social work and social care students.