Save the date: Creating Change conference

16 July 2014

A conference that will bring together academics and arts organisations to link research with practice.

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New ideas for academics, practitioners and policy makers

Date: 03 December 2014
Location: Ovalhouse Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
Time:10.30am – 5pm, lunch provided

Priority booking now open - for more details go here

About the conference

This conference will bring together academics and arts organisations to link research with practice. It will consider how our sectors can jointly influence policy and work together so that the most disadvantaged of our children can make the most of their lives. We have a great line up of speakers from the academic, arts and local authority sectors (more information available shortly).

The conference will gather arts organisations, researchers and local authorities at the forefront of effective research and delivery; from ethical approaches, to pedagogy, to forum theatre, to work with excluded and marginalised young people. It will feature speakers leading research in social policy, exclusion and underemployment. As well as sharing best practice, the day will offer a space for discussions so we can learn and improve together. The conference will encourage participants to consider how arts organisations and researchers can collaborate to influence and affect policy makers.

Self-awareness, self-advocacy, creative self-expression, and imagination are fundamental in developing resilience to challenging life circumstances. How do we more effectively work together to make the case for high quality sustainable work in this area?

This conference is a Creating Change event. Creating Change is a network established by Ovalhouse in early 2013 and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Creating Change has a core group of organisations that act as a steering group for the network and who represent different art forms and regions across the UK.

By the end of the event you will:

- Be informed of the latest research around disadvantaged and vulnerable Children and Young People.

- Be engaged through taking part in high quality arts workshops led by experienced practitioners who work with targeted young people.

- Be inspired by partnerships between academic institutions and practical arts delivery.

- Be aware of the impact that high quality arts group work can have on young people.

- Be part of a national vision so that arts provision is available in targeted services for all.

Who should attend the conference?

- Artists, arts organisations, facilitators and managers that undertake targeted work with young people or are looking to develop expertise in this area
- Academics and researchers
- Children and Young People’s statutory services
- Charities and voluntary organisations who work with young people at risk
- Policy makers
- Funders and local authority commissioners
- Undergraduate and post graduate students of social and cultural policy/applied arts
- Evaluators Please forward to colleagues who would be interested.

Context for the conference

- 18% of young people who grew up in poverty say they didn’t have a childhood, compared to 9% of all young people. (Princes Trust, Macquarie, Youth Index 2014)

- 30% of young people with no role model admit to feeling worthless. This compares to 17% of all young people. (Princes Trust, Macquarie, Youth Index 2014)

- Over 75% homelessness services in England support clients who are prison leavers. One in five clients using homelessness services has links with the probation service. (Better Together, Homeless link, 2011)

- 27% of the adult prison population has been in care and almost 40% of prisoners under 21 were in care as children (only 2% of the general population spend time in prison). (The Who Cares? Trust)

- One third of care leavers are not in education, employment or training - compared with 13% of all young people (The Who Cares? Trust)

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