Many families are faced with difficulties in modern Britain and face poverty and exclusion. Governments desperately try to have a family policy but only too often they do not listen to families themselves.
The role of family in society has always been important but in the modern world families have changed and there are many forms of families and family life. Unless we understand the diversity and needs of families then policy is going to fail.
At this meeting we want to try and address this issue by,
A) Looking at the diverse nature of the family unit in 21st Century UK
B) What this means for policy formation and
C) The importance of forming policy on the basis of the experiences of families themselves.
To help us with this we will have
Dr Katherine Rake OBE is Chief Executive of the Family and Parenting Institute, an independent charity that exists to make the UK a better place for families and children. Katherine was previously Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society and Lecturer in Social Policy at the London School of Economics, during which time she was seconded to the Cabinet Office. Katherine has advised the Prime Minister's Policy Unit, HM Treasury and other Government departments. In 2008, Katherine was awarded an OBE for services to equal opportunities, an Institute of Directors 'Good Director' Honour and the Social Policy Association's Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution from a Non-academic.
A series of digital stories in audio and video where families tell us about their situation and experiences and
Vicki Fitzgerald who will link what we have learn from the first speaker and the digital stories to policy formation. How do we develop policy in a way that good practice can be replicated on a large scale? Vicki is the Chief Executive of Gateway Family Services and has worked for the past 14 years on regeneration in Birmingham, with a particular focus on the development of people in local communities. Vicki led the development of new qualifications to equip the workforce to deliver high-quality services, which responds to increasing health inequalities.
This meeting will be associated with a series of webinars around family and family policy and we hope a meeting in January in the House of Commons where we will look at policy and how best to influence it through real life stories of families in a variety of different situations.
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