My Family, Your Family Book Launch Conference
Saturday 7th October 2023
Tower Hill, London
An inspiring full day Conference to celebrate the launch of Laura’s new book
World renowned Keynote Speakers
Inspiring and thought provoking Presentations
Opportunities for reflection
Round Table discussions
Networking and Stalls
A signed copy of My Family, Your Family
Lunch and Refreshments
For full details, please visit our dedicated webpage
Please Note: Bursaries are available
In line with the sprit and soul of the book My Family, Your Family, Laura believes that the conference fee should not be a barrier to anyone who would like to attend. Anyone who is not in a financial position to purchase a place at the full fee rate of £197 is welcome to apply for a bursary.
We feel this is fairer than offering an early bird rate, which can still be a barrier for some.
You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Friday 11th August. If your application for a bursary is unsuccessful, a conference place at full fee will be reserved for you until 18th August should you still wish to attend.
Conference Chair / Host
Broadcaster, Host, TV Presenter, and inspirational speaker
Introduction to the Day
‘IFF Kitbag – Supporting Children, Young People and Diverse Families’
Dr Margaret Hannah, Director of Health Programmes, International Futures Forum (IFF)
Prof Claudia Bernard, Author, Professor of Social Work, at Goldsmiths, UOL
Garry Ratcliffe, Gay Dad of 4 Adopted, Disabled Children
Rachna Joshi, Teacher, Writer and Consultant
|‘Valuing and Supporting Family Diversity’||‘Our Children have Two Gay Dads, are Adopted and also have Disabilities.
Do They Stand a Chance?
Our family’s story and how my schools celebrate this’ diversity’
|‘Identity: developing your story’|
Panel 1 Discussion: Diversity and Inclusion in Children’s Books and TV
Ann Marie Christian, Senior Safeguarding Practitioner
Giovana Medeiros, Illustrator of My Family Your Family
Lisa Smith, Chair of ACERT – (The Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and Other Travellers)
Panel 2 Discussion: Why All Families Matter
John Warren, Educationalist Consultant and Speaker on Blended Families
Judith Denton, Former Foster Child, Author and Speaker
Tuesday Greenidge, Artist, Activist and Initiator of Sewing for Justice
An easy-to-use and secure online learning journal helping staff and families celebrate their children’s learning and development.
Tapestry builds a very special record of a child’s experiences, development and learning journey through their early years and primary education.
For more information, please visit their website, connect with them on social media or directly by email or phone (details below)
Meet Dr Helen Edwards
Helen has worked in early years and primary education for almost 40 years; as a teacher, nursery owner-manager, local authority advisor, University lecturer and Ofsted inspector. 20 years ago, together with her husband, Steve, she set up The Foundation Stage Forum, an online community to support all those working in the early years. 10 years ago, they designed and launched Tapestry Online Learning Journals: the most popular software of its kind currently supporting 16,000 settings and over a million children.