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Our conference programme brings together local, national, and international experts and speakers who are focused on strengthening health visiting practice.

Programme content is still being confirmed and is subject to change

Time Session
08:30 – 09:10 Registration
09:10 – 09:30 Sponsor Breakfast Session
09:30 – 11:00 Keynote Session 1 – SEND is Everyone’s Business
09:30 – 09:35 Welcome
09:35 – 09:55 The current landscape for children with SEND in England
Dame Rachel de Souza | Children’s Commissioner
09:55 – 10:15 Holding Title: Lived Experience of Autism
Alexis Quinn | Expert by lived experience
10:15 – 10:35 Holding Title: Improving SEND Support Through Better Integration
Professor Simon Kenny | National Clinical Director – Children and Young People
10:35 – 10:55 Q&A
10:55 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 12:30 Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent 1: Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business

Safeguarding children with special educational needs & disabilities
Kenny Gibson MBE | Deputy Director for NHS Safeguarding

Holding Title: Learning from National Reviews
Sally Shearer OBE | Health Member, National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
National Speaker TBC

Concurrent 2: Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Holding Title: If In Doubt, Check It Out
Pilar Cloud | Action Cerebral Palsy

Helen Foale | The Bobath Centre

Expert by Lived Experience To Be Confirmed

Concurrent 3: Supporting a Child with Cleft

Helen Moreland | Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cleft Lip and Palate, The Spires Cleft Centre

Helene Somerville | Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for Cleft

Expert by Lived Experience To Be Confirmed

12:30 – 13:20 Lunch
13:20 – 14:30 Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent 4: Enhancing Communication for all

Holding Title: Neurodiversity in Speech & Language Therapy
Cathy Gough & Becky Robinson | Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapists for Early Years

Holding Title: How do we communicate with families?
Melissa Mackell | Parent: expert by lived experience

Holding Title: Difficult Conversations
Jeanette Parker | Health Visitor

Concurrent 5: Understanding Down’s Syndrome

Holding Title: Delivering Different News
Angie Emrys-Jones | Parent: Expert by experience

Step by Step – a toilet skill development programme
June Rogers MBE | Down’s Syndrome UK

Health Visitor Support of a Child with Down’s Syndrome
Lucy Tomlinson | Health Visitor

Concurrent 6: Neurodiversity in the Early Years       (BROADCAST ONLINE FOR VIRTUAL ATTENDEES)

National Speakers To Be Confirmed

14:30 – 14:45 Break
14:45 – 16:10 Keynote Session 2 – The Future Is Bright
14:45 – 14:50 Welcome Back
14:50 – 15:10 Underserved, unheard, falling through the gaps
Professor Monica Lakhanpaul | Professor of Integrated Community Child Health Population, Policy & Practice Dept, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
15:10 – 15:30 Raising a child with Down’s Syndrome
Chris Read | Parent: Expert by experience
15:30 – 15:50 Where did we come from, and where are we going?
Nikki Freeman | Health Visitor Clinical Lead for SEND, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Kirsty Jacques | Health Visitor Clinical Lead for SEND, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
15:50 – 16:10 Q&A
16:10 – 16:15 Close


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