Looked after children-promoting equality of opportunity - December 2022

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Li Jean-Luc Harris presents his life story from being in foster care at the Looked after children-promoting equality of opportunity Event December 2022


Closing Keynote Address

  • Li Jean-Luc Harris, Founder, Lookedafterchild.com (confirmed)

“My lived experience as a care leaver, who was addicted to drugs and then become homeless.”

I was addicted to Legal Highs (A.K.A Spice) and was bouncing between homes. I was unhappy in the semi-independent placement I had been put in so decided to sleep on the sofas of my friends. Eventually the placement ended and my options to sofa surf soon ran out. I then went on to the streets and was homeless. This is my lived experienced story of how I recovered and now am a homeowner.

Due to delegate demand and over subscription, Open Forum Events are pleased to present an additional conference focusing on the lives of children in care and those transitioning out of the system. Based on favourable feedback from three prior events, the Looked After Children-Promoting Equality of Opportunity will bring together those who are campaigning, promoting and working to support equal opportunities and better life chances.

The conference programme will examine the latest developments within children’s social care provision and look to highlight some of the disparities experienced by looked after children with reference to addiction, homelessness, educational achievement and criminal exploitation.  Attendees will receive an update on the numbers within the care system and learn of the issues created from regular transfer of placement, whilst a review of the government funding for adoption will be discussed as a possible solution in providing permanent homes. Examples of best practice will be shared to inform and inspire professional practice, with the intention to improve outcomes and enhance lives.

With its reputation for hosting quality conferences focusing on children’s services, Open Forum Events invites you to a day of informative plenary sessions, delivered by expert speakers, discussion forums and networking opportunities.

Book you place today at this CPD accredited conference, as past experience has shown, tickets sell out fast.



December 8, 2022 8:00 am - 6:30 pm(GMT+01:00)


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