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RCN Looked after children’s nurses conference

29 Apr 2019 09:00 - 16:30

Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN

Fully booked

Are you a nurse working with looked after children (LAC) feeling isolated in your profession?

Would you like to meet other nurses and remain professionally up to date? Then this event is aimed at you.

Open to RCN members and non-members alike, the day is designed to support all health professionals working with looked after children. The programme will focus on three main areas:

• National & regional perspectives; 
• Adoption challenges and opportunities; 
• The voice of looked after children, key clinical issues and protecting looked after children.

 “As well as being able to network and find out the latest health news in this field, this event provides an opportunity to discuss professional issues affecting LAC Nurses and teams across the UK. By working with attendees we will have an opportunity to influence change” - Karen Hughes, Chair of the RCN LAC Community.

The day will be interactive with ample opportunities for discussion, questions and feedback.

Take advantage of early booking rates offering a 15% discount on the conference fee until 1 January. 

There is also a call for digital posters which closes on Friday 15th February 2019.

Follow us on twitter: #LAC19              @theRCN


Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.

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The day will be interactive with ample opportunities for roundtable discussion, with questions and feedback.

Planned topics include:

• Safeguarding and looked after children
• Care leavers offer and the voice of the child
• Rethinking care for adolescents
• Childrens SARC and looked after children

Confirmed keynote speakers

Dr Kenny Gibson RGN; BSc (Hons); MSc; PhD, Head of Safeguarding for NHS Safeguarding

Safeguarding - It’s Everyone’s Business

Safeguarding is an increasing complex and challenge area of health and especially for LAC Services. The presentation will:

1. Update on the current reforms to reality agenda 
2. Explore factors influencing personal and professional resilience
3. Explore the advent of public health models in safeguarding
4. Offer pragmatic solutions to continuous learning 
5. Raise the roar of #NHSSafeguarding

Kenny Gibson is the Head of Safeguarding for NHS Safeguarding, overseeing several portfolios including Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation and Looked After Children.

Having begun his NHS career as a laundry assistant in 1980 at a mental health unit, Kenny was encouraged to become a nursing assistant and then trained as a nurse and then a midwife.

Kenny has held various operational, management and strategic posts in both community and public health but always with nursing at the heart of these roles. 

Prior to becoming the Head of Safeguarding for NHS England, Kenny was the Head of Public Health Commissioning for London.

Kenny is passionate about connecting with and listening to patients, carers and health practitioners in order to improve services and experiences within the NHS, as well as to empower people about their own well-being.


Follow Kenny on Twitter at: @KennyGibsonNHS


The call for abstracts has now closed.  All submissions are being reviewed by the Looked After Children’s Forum Steering Committee and submitters can expect to be notified of the outcome by email by 22 March 2019.





If your abstract is approved
The posters will be in a digital format and will be displayed on a TV screen on rotation throughout the conference.

To have your poster displayed you must register and pay to attend the conference. If you don’t attend the conference on the day your poster will be removed.  

You must send your completed poster to  at least 2 weeks before the conference by no later than 5pm on Monday 15th April 2019.

Failure to do so will result in your poster being withdrawn.
 All participants selected for poster presentation must register by the deadline prescribed in the acceptance letter for the conference to be eligible to present. 

The conference committee regrets it is unable to meet any accommodation, travel or subsistence expenses. 

You can download a booking form at:  or call 02920546460 to book your place. 

All presenters are fully responsible for ensuring the content of their abstract and poster does not infringe any existing third party copyright or other intellectual property right.  

Presenters are therefore required to confirm at the time of submitting their abstract online that they are either the copyright owner of the work being submitted as part of the abstract for presentation at this conference, or that they have obtained the written permission of the copyright owner(s) to present their work at the event. This also applies to the use of any drawing, photography or other illustration, or multi-media content included in the presentation.

All abstracts submitted which are subsequently accepted for poster presentation will be made available in a book of abstracts which will be produced in the brochure for the event. 
If your work is accepted you will be sent an acceptance form for completion which will detail the intended uses of your work and enables you to agree or opt out of any of the above uses. If you have any queries regarding copyright and intellectual property permissions please contact 


Poster specifications

Your poster must be created and emailed to us in PowerPoint.

Please do not convert your poster into PDF format as we won’t be able to display it.

Your poster must be in landscape format as it will be displayed on a TV screen. 

Please ensure the text size is no smaller than 24.

Poster Tips

- Posters should be as visually stimulating as possible. You may wish to use different colours to emphasise or to differentiate. 
- Think about the message you are trying to convey and how it can best be presented.
- Try to include illustrative examples where possible. 
- Don’t overwhelm people with too much information; ensure all the information is relevant to the subject and doesn’t take too long to read
- Ensure all diagrams and pictures are labelled

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my poster be displayed for?

Your poster will be displayed on TV screen on rotation with the other posters at the conference. 

Does my poster have to meet the above dimensions/is there a minimum text size?

Posters should be created in PowerPoint, landscape and widescreen (16:9)  

Can my poster contain photographs?

Yes although you will be required to obtain permission from the owner (if it is not yourself) and any people featuring in the photograph.

How many images should I have on my poster?

The content of your poster is at your discretion although we advise you to make your poster as visually stimulating as possible.

What language should the poster be presented in?

Your poster must be in English. 

Will information on my poster appear in the conference brochure?

Yes; presenter and poster details will be listed in the brochure which will be made available to delegates on the day of the conference. 


Benefits of presenting a poster include:

 A platform to showcase your work and your employer on a national level
 Have your project / research recognised by your peers and receive constructive review and opportunities for future collaboration with like-minded professionals
 A learning opportunity to develop your communication and presenting skills 
 Demonstrate your initiative and commitment to the future of nurse education
 An excellent opportunity for networking, expanding your knowledge and promoting your work within the UK.

Who can present?

Whether you are a first time or experienced presenter, if you are passionate about the future of the care of children and young people and have a piece of innovative learning to share we want to hear from you!

We welcome submissions from LAC nurses, designated and named professionals and allied members of the children’s workforce. This conference is open to RCN members and non-members alike.


Bookings will open and programme to be announced in October

For any queries about this event please contact

The Events team, RCN
• 020 7647 3577


Book early for a 15% discount*

Bookings must be received by 4pm on Friday 4 January 2019 to qualify for the early bird rate. 

To find the best discount you’re eligible for see below: 

RCN members

Non-RCN members

Group bookings

RCN member early bird rate: £106.25 plus VAT (£127.50)

RCN member conference fee: £125 plus VAT (£150)

RCN member and pre-registration nursing student/associate retired/HCA/HP £90 plus VAT (£108)40% discount*

RCN member and accredited RCN trade union representative: £112.50 plus VAT (£135)25% discount*


*Please note discounted rates are only available to book over the telephone.


Non-RCN members early bird rate: £157.25 plus VAT (£188.70)

Non-RCN member conference fee: £185 plus VAT (£222)


Group discount – three or more delegates booking together receive 10% off each conference fee.


Please note the group discount does not apply to early bird rate bookings or RCN member discounted rates.


Online bookings are the easiest and fastest way to book 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Bookings can be made by phone with payment by credit card/Maestro, by calling: 02920546460. Lines are open from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Bookings can also be made by post with a downloaded booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice posted to: Event registrations, PO Box 2329, Cardiff CF23 8YZ.
A booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice can also be faxed to: 02920546489.

Payment by invoice is available on request. A Purchase Order and booking form are required.

All bookings will be confirmed in writing. 

The RCN reserves the right to refuse any booking at any time.




This conference provides you with an unrivalled opportunity to connect directly with a significant group of leading Looked after children's nurses.

There are a number of ways to be involved with the exhibition and conference programme. 

To discuss exhibition and sponsorship packages please contact Jenny Burrows on 01442870143 or email:



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