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The conference will be opened to delegates from 11am on Wednesday 11 September.

Our programme for 2019 is currently being confirmed and we will include more details shortly. Please click on the link to view the current conference outline.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

Junior Smart – Founder of SOS Project, a multiple award-winning service which offers intensive support to vulnerable young people and carries out preventative work with those at risk. It works with young people exposed to or at risk of violence, vulnerability and exploitation. The work encompasses gangs work and family support as well as child exploitation and human trafficking.

Hibo Wardere – Hibo is a Somali-born campaigner against female genital mutilation, author, and public speaker. Hibo is now based in London and her testimonials and campaigning work have made her one of Britain’s most prominent campaigners about FGM. She has appeared in numerous publications, including the Telegraph, the BBC, and The Guardian. Hibo’s memoir, Cut, was published in April 2016.

Isabelle Trowler – Isabelle is the government’s Chief Social Worker for Children and Families. She is a founder member of the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care, a member of the National Panel for Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and the National Stability Forum. Isabelle was appointed to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel in June 2018, she also sits on the ministerial-led Family Justice Board and the Partners in Practice Governance Board.

Dr Kate Allatt – Kate astonishingly survived and thrived after a brainstem stroke at 39 years of age, with a Locked In Syndrome diagnosis. She is an internationally published author and an inspirational & motivational speaker. Kate is founder and CEO of global advocacy charity Fighting Strokes, and a Co-Collaborator researcher at the University of Nottingham.

Prof Ann John – Ann John is a Professor in Public Health and Psychiatry at the Swansea University Medical School. She chairs the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on the prevention of suicide and self-harm. She is an honorary consultant in Public Health medicine for Public Health Wales.

Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan AM – The Deputy Minister supports the work of the Minister for Health and Social Services. Julie has been a Welsh Assembly member for Cardiff North seat in the Welsh Assembly since the 2011 elections. She was previously Member of Parliament (MP) for Cardiff North from 1997 until 2010. Before becoming a Member of Parliament, Julie was a social worker with Barry Social Services, and served as an assistant director of Barnardo’s. She was elected as a local councillor to South Glamorgan County Council between 1985 and 1997, and was a Cardiff City Councillor from 1995.

Director of Social Services and Integration for Welsh Government, Albert Heaney – Albert is the Director of Social Services and Integration in Wales for the Welsh Government, former Corporate Director of Social Services for Caerphilly County Borough Council and past President of ADSS Cymru. Albert is committed to promoting and ensuring citizen rights and inclusive practice. He brings a commitment to working in partnership and has been actively involved in a range of collaboration and integration initiatives.

Councillor Huw David – Huw is the current Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Local Government Association Spokesperson for Health and Social Services.