žžֱ Annual Conference - žžֱ: Specialist services & support for young people facing adversity


Introducing žžֱ’s Annual Conference November 2024 Glasgow

Transforming Lives
Date: Monday 11th November 2024
Radisson Blu Hotel, Argyle Street, Glasgow

žžֱ’s first official conference invites you to be part of a wider conversation about the world children and young people grow up in.

žžֱ is on the mission to transform lives, families and communities, and ultimately give young people a chance at life. It is a monumental challenge that cannot be tackled alone, instead, in order to ignite change, we must act together.

Our own inaugural event will bring people from children and young people’s services together in the same room to discuss how to drive valuable transformation from within the sector. Whether you’re part of residential child care, education, secure care, fostering, young workforce development, mental health services or another, we all have a part to play in shaping the world young people grow up in.

Date: Monday 11th November 2024
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Argyle Street, Glasgow

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Call for Papers and Contributions

Please submit entries for consideration by Tuesday 30th April 2024.

We welcome presentations, workshops and performance/arts-based sessions involving young people in line with the following themes:

Mental health and wellbeing | Child development | Trauma | Innovation in childcare services | Specialist education | Equality, diversity and inclusion | Vocational and skills training

Why Attend žžֱ’s Conference in Glasgow?

Our inaugural conference is a chance for dedicated professionals to share, learn and develop. Hear from knowledgeable keynote speakers, participate in practical workshops, create valuable connections through networking and enjoy lunch and refreshments in the accessible city centre location.

Topics at our educational Glasgow conference will range from children’s social care, trauma-informed care, children and young people’s protection as well as child and youth justice while wholeheartedly considering young people and their families voices and viewpoints.

The statistics grow more alarming each year, now is the time for tangible transformation.

  • 33% (87.9K) of food parcels were for children between 1 April 2022 – 31 March 2023. This is the most parcels that Scotland’s Trussell Trust network has ever distributed in a financial year, up by 57% compared to five years ago1
  • 24% of children were living in relative poverty between 2019-2022 (250,000 children each year) 2
  • Care experienced young people are 10 times higher to be hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders due to substance abuse3

1 Trussell Trust. (2023). Hunger in Scotland. [Online]. Trussell Trust. Last Updated: June. Available at: https://www.trusselltrust.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2023/06/2023-Hunger-in-Scotland-report-AW-w [Accessed 5 January 2024].

2 Scottish Government. (2023). Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland 2019-22. [Online]. data.gov.scot. Last Updated: 23 March. Available at: https://data.gov.scot/poverty/ [Accessed 5 January 2024].

3 Children’s Health in Care in Scotland (CHiCS). (2022). Main findings from population-wide research. [Online]. University of Glasgow. Last Updated: October. Available at: https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_989673_smxx.pdf [Accessed 5 January 2024].4 Children and Young People’s Mental Health in Scotland. (2022). Trends in Child and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing. [Online]. The Scottish Parliament. Last Updated: 24 May. Available at: https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/ResearchBriefings/Report/2022/5/24/aa290f5c-f12a-4077-81 [Accessed 5 January 2024].