Children and Young People Conference 2019
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Children and Young People Conference 2019

 This conference is supported by Prudential.

The UK’s leading conference on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) inclusion in primary schools, secondary schools, services, colleges and youth groups returns this year with its unique combination of practical information, key note speakers and platforming of youth voices.

This is the only event of its kind to bring together hundreds of education professionals, Children and Young People (CYP) services and young people to promote and celebrate best practice. It’s a great opportunity to share ways of making education and youth services truly LGBT inclusive and of networking with your peers, students and colleagues.

Download the flyer to share with colleagues: Children and Young People Conference 2019 flyer

Location: Westminster Bridge, County Hall

Date: Friday 5 July 2019, 09:30-17:00

Champion Youth Voice 

Who should attend?

Professionals from cross-sector organisations will be attending and sharing best practice. The conference has content for:

  • Primary and Secondary School Teachers
  • Head Teachers and Governors
  • LGBT Leaders in school
  • FE Colleges
  • Children and Young People professionals
  • Local Authority staff
  • Youth workers
  • Community sport coaches 
  • Volunteers who work with children and young people
Youth Voice Programme

Can young people attend? 

We put young people at the heart of what we do. We'll be running a separate programme - on the same day - for one hundred young people aged 14-18.


Who should I bring to the youth stream?

All young people are welcome to attend, they don’t have to identify as LGBT. In particular, we recognise from the School Report 2017 that:

Only 28 per cent of Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT young people have an adult at home that they can talk to about being LGBT. 

LGBT pupils who receive free school meals are more likely to be bullied for being LGBT than those who don’t (57 per cent compared to 44 per cent). 

Youth Voice Programme

As a young person, your voice and ideas are critical to creating LGBT-inclusive environments. This programme will explore how to have the greatest influence when championing inclusion. You’ll explore key areas including being an effective ally to the whole LGBT community and building a successful campaign by hearing from LGBT+ role models and discussing ideas with one another. Furthermore, you’ll work with young people from around the UK to develop advice for professionals attending the conference to ensure they are placing young people at the centre of everything they do. 

  • Understand more about being an effective ally to all members of the LGBT community
  • Learn and share ways to create effective campaigns that successfully deliver the change you want to see
  • Design best practice in collaboration with other young people to be used with professionals attending the conference

Ideal for: Young people aged 14-18 who care about youth action and social justice.

Key Note Speakers

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted Chief Inspector

Amanda Spielman has been Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector since January 2017.

Between 2011 and 2016, Amanda was chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. From 2005 she was a founding member of the leadership team at the academy chain Ark Schools, where she became Research and Policy Director and an education adviser to Ark, the education charity. She previously spent more than 15 years in strategy consulting, finance and investment at KPMG, Kleinwort Benson, Mercer Management Consulting and Nomura International

She is a council member at Brunel University London and has previously served on the boards of a number of organisations including the Institute of Education, STEMNET and Wales Millennium Centre, and has been a governor of two schools.

Programmes and workshops

There’ll be a key note speech from Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman and panel discussions with LGBT role models and professionals, and a focus on empowering and platforming youth voice.

Your place for best practice

There are five streams of workshops for professionals running throughout the day.

  • Championing Pupil Voice
  • Championing Student Voice
  • Engaging Parents and Carers
  • Celebrating Difference in Faith and Church Schools
  • Creating an Inclusive Curriculum in Primary
  • Creating an Inclusive Curriculum in Secondary and FE
  • LGBT Inclusion in Sport and Adventurous Activities
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Trans Inclusion
  • LGBT Inclusion for Learners in Further Education

We will also be launching two new progammes that we have been developing. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme

There are an estimated 66,000 LGBT children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition in England. Stonewall's School Report 2017 tells us that 22% of lesbian, gay and bi young people have tried to take their own life at some point, rising to 45% of young trans people.

In adulthood, we know that LGBT people are more at risk of suicidal behaviour and self-harm than non-LGBT people (LGBT in Britain (Health), 2018). This interactive workshop will look at ways to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBT children and young people. The same workshop will be repeated on the day.

Leadership Programme

People perform better when they can be themselves and LGBT people working in education are strong and important role models for all young people. This session is a focus group designed exclusively for LGBT education professionals with leadership responsibilities or aspirations to be. In the session we'll explore authentic leadership theory, applying it to your working context and take on board feedback to shape our programme. 

Overview of the Day

09:00 – 10:00 

Registration and refreshments   

10:00 – 10:20

Opening Session – Introduction from Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall  

10:25 – 11:10 

Youth Voice Breakout A  



Key Note - Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman 

11:15 – 12:05 

Delegate Workshop A

12:05 – 13:00 


13:05 – 13:50 

Key Note – to be confirmed

13:55 – 14:50 

Youth Voice Breakout B   

Delegate Workshop B  

14:50 – 15:10 


15:15 – 16:10 

Youth Voice Breakout C  

Delegate Workshop C 

16:15 – 16:45 

Panel discussion with young people

16:45 – 17:00 

Closing remarks – Mo Wiltshire, Director of Education & Youth at Stonewall



Book your place online now

There are a limited number of discount tickets so book as soon as you can.

Standard ticket prices (excl. VAT) are:


Early Bird Tickets


Limited Discount Tickets 

(Limited to 85 tickets)

Standard Ticket

Stonewall School Champions

£80.00 + VAT

£100.00 + VAT

£125.00 + VAT

Education Champions

£80.00 + VAT

£100.00 + VAT

£125.00 + VAT

CYPS Champions

£80.00 + VAT

£100.00 + VAT

£125.00 + VAT

Diversity Champions

£100.00 + VAT

£140.00 + VAT

£180.00 + VAT

Non-Education Members

£100.00 + VAT

£140.00 + VAT

£180.00 + VAT


For every two places your organisation buys, you can bring up to three young people aged 14-18 years for free. When you book your places let us know how many young people you’d like to bring, and we will get in touch to confirm their details with you the month before conference.

If you’d like more details or have any questions, please get in touch with the team at