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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 – NHS England – Reducing Restrictive Practices   (BROADCAST ONLINE FOR VIRTUAL ATTENDEES)
Leanne Gelder | Specialist Advisor of Quality Improvement & Reducing Restrictive Practice Lead, NHS England
Kath Marginson | Senior Project Manager: Violence Prevention and Reduction Team, NHS England
Alexis Quinn | Expert by lived experience
09:30 – 11:00 Keynote Session 1 – SEND is Everyone’s Business      (BROADCAST ONLINE FOR VIRTUAL ATTENDEES)
09:30 – 09:35 Welcome
09:35 – 09:55 Health Visitors and the SEND Landscape- looking into the horizon
Kirsty Jacques & Nikki Freeman | Health Visitor Clinical Leads for SEND, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
09:55 – 10:15 Supporting neurodivergent parents – what you need to know and how to help
Alexis Quinn | Expert by lived experience
10:15 – 10:35 Integrating care for children and young people with SEND
Professor Simon Kenny OBE | National Clinical Director for Children and Young People, NHS England
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

Learning from National Reviews
Jenny Coles | National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Safeguarding Children Exposed to Prenatal Alcohol
Dr Inyang Takon | Consultant Paediatrician

Concurrent 2: Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Early identification and intervention for children with or at risk of cerebral palsy
Pilar Cloud | CEO, Action Cerebral Palsy

Building Happiness out of Trauma
Marie Stanley, MCSP | Senior Bobath Tutor, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist and Training Lead, The National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre

Concurrent 3: Supporting a Child with Cleft

Supporting families following the diagnosis of a Cleft lip and or Palate
Helen Moreland
| Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cleft Lip and Palate, The Spires Cleft Centre

How Speech and Language Therapists support children with cleft palate to develop communication
Rachel Olivier
| Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Health Visiting support for a child and family following the diagnosis of a Cleft Lip and Palate
Pritrica Webber | Health Visitor, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

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

Concurrent 4: Neurodiversity in the Early Years       

Supporting Your Neurodiverse Child: The Importance of Early Intervention
Jo Harrison | Director and East of England Representative, National Network of Parent Carer Forums (Known as NNPCF)

Practical approaches to supporting a family whilst waiting for a diagnosis
Charlotte Wilson | Specialist Trainer, Empowering Parents Empowering Communities
Brigid Bose | Expert by lived experience

Concurrent 5: Understanding Down Syndrome

The Lived Experience: parenting a child with Down syndrome
Nicola Enoch | CEO, Down Syndrome UK

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

Working as a newly qualified Health Visitor supporting a child with Down syndrome
Lucy Tomlinson | Health Visitor

Concurrent 6: Enhancing Communication for all         

FOLLOW and JOIN! Practical strategies to support language and communication development in neurodiversity-affirming ways
Cathy Gough & Laura Black | Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapists in Early Years

Changing Conversations
Mellissa Mackell | Expert by lived experience

Challenging Conversations: having a ‘difficult conversation’ with a parent
Jeannette Parker | Health Visitor

14:30 – 14:45 Break
14:45 – 16:10 Keynote Session 2 – The Future Is Bright      (BROADCAST ONLINE FOR VIRTUAL ATTENDEES)
14:45 – 14:50 Welcome Back
14:50 – 15:10 Every Atom of You: raising a child with Down syndrome
Chris Read | Expert by lived experience
15:10 – 15:30 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
15:30 – 15:50 Children and SEND: the current landscape for children with SEND in England
Dame Rachel de Souza | Children’s Commissioner for England
15:50 – 16:10 Q&A
16:10 – 16:15 Close
16:30 – 17:30

iHV SEND Special Interest Group – In-person Networking Event
A fantastic face-to-face opportunity for you to network and explore best practices for supporting babies and children with SEND

The Nursing Times will be attending our conference to provide media coverage.

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