Practitioner Forums

Practitioner forums help people who work with children and young people learn from each other, understand each other’s’ roles and responsibilities and what local provision is available in each part of the county.

There are seven Practitioner Forums up and running, one in each district area. They’re free to attend. Why not give your local forum a try, there’s no need to book just come along.

Carlisle Practitioner Forum

Lead: Pam Hutton and Steph Smithson

Dates: 27 April 2017, 8 June 2017

Taking place at Petteril Bank Community Centre, Burnett Road, Carlisle 12pm–2pm (unless otherwise stated)

Barrow Practitioner Forum

Lead: Hilary Rourke and Ann Downe

Dates: 9 May 2017, 13 June 2017, 11 July 2017, 12 September 2017, 10 October 2017, 14 November 2017, 12 December 2017

Taking place at Cambridge Primary School, Cambridge Street, Barrow, LA13 9RD - 9.30am-11.30am

Any queries please email

Millom Practitioner Forum

Lead: Karen Ross and Karon Carter

Dates: 28 April 2017

Taking place at Millom Children's Centre, Lapstone Road, Millom, LA18 4LP - 10am - 12pm

Eden Practitioner Forum

Lead: Suzannah Gregson and Pam Hutton

Dates:  *26 April 2017, 21 June 2017, 16 August 2017, 27 September 2017, 22 November 2017

Taking place at North Eden Children’s Centre, Old London Road, Penrith - 9.30am - 11.30am 

Please note a change in time as indicated by * - 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Any queries please email

Copeland Practitioner Forum

Lead: Karen Ross and Paul Rowe

Dates: 18 May 2017

Taking place at Howgill Family Centre, Birks Road, Cleator Moor - 10am-12pm

Allerdale Practitioner Forum

Lead: Chris Findley and Karen Ross

Dates: 17 May 2017, 5 July 2017, 20 September 2017, 15 November 2017, 17 January 2018, 14 March 2018

Taking place at The Oval Centre, Salterbeck, Workington - 10am-12pm 

South Lakes Practitioner Forum

Lead: Neil Spence and Ann Downe

Dates: 11 May 2017 

Taking place at County Hall Offices, Kendal - 2pm-4pm unless otherwise stated

The Practitioner Forums are supported by Children's Services Audit and Practice Development Team. Audit and Practice Development Officers connect with the Forums as the link between the Forums and the LSCB, enabling the 2 way communication for practitioners and the LSCB.

Allerdale and Copeland Audit and Practice Development Officers are Mark Casey and Stuart Graffin:

Kendal Audit and Practice Development Officers is Neil Spence:

The Carlisle and Eden Audit and Practice Development Officer is Lorna Graham:

Millom Audit and Practice Development Officer is Stuart Graffin:

Barrow Advanced Practitioner is Hilary Rourke:


Please contact with any queries or for further information.

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