The Christian Child Care Forum (CCCF), of which CCPAS is a member, today announced the line-up of speakers for two of the three plenary sessions and the first tranche of workshops.

Children, Churches and the Big Society: Calling Church and Nation, as the Forum is entitled, will focus upon the place of children and young people in the Big Society. It will take place on at 11am on 2 November 2011 at Regent Hall, Oxford St, London W1.

Plenary sessions will be given by The Rt. Rev. Paul Butler, Bishop of Southwell Nottingham and the Church of England’s Advocate for Children, who will give the opening address. Sarah Hayes of Anthony Collins Solicitors will speak on the topic of From Grants to Investment.

Six workshop presenters are announced today. Justin Humphreys of CCPAS will look at Navigating the e-world safely. Edwina Turner of Anthony Collins will examine Setting up a church project. Keith White of Mill Grove and Benedict Mwendwa of the Salvation Army will consider the proposition that It takes a village to bring up a child. Manoj Raithatha of the Evangelical Alliance South Asian Forum will consider Minorities in the Community. Tom Jackson of Resurgo Trust will analyse how best to Help young people into employment. And Jim Davis of the Children’s Society will focus on the questions Is the Big Society big enough to love all children? Do some exclude themselves?

David Lane, Chair of the CCCF said: “We are delighted to announce this outstanding line of plenary and workshop speakers today. With young people having hit the headlines so dramatically in last month’s riots, the questions our speakers are asking – and the answers we hope will emerge – will we hope demonstrate the extent to which the church in the UK can and does engage with our young people.

“We are expecting over 300 people to attend the Forum, which we are sure will be a great success.”

Places at the Big Society Forum are available at just £30, with lunch included. CCCF has deliberately underwritten the price of the tickets in order to attract as many delegates as possible.

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