UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre 6th Biennial International Conference,13th & 14th June, 2013
Conference Programme

Full Programme is available in the Conference Brochure here.

Please see below information on the Conference Parallel Sessions taking place on Thursday, 13th June between 3.00pm and 4.30pm in the Engineering Building at NUI Galway.

There will be 9 Parallel Sessions taking place on the 13th June at 3.00p.m. - 4.30p.m. The signing in for the Sessions will take place on the morning of the 13th June as delegates arrive. It will be on first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 30 names for each Session.


Theme I. The Contribution of Communities

1) Ms. Audrey Reilly, Ability West & Ms. Sheelagh McInerney, The Brothers of Charity Services, Galway
Home Sharing, Contract Families, Shared Living
2) Prof. Caroline McGregor, NUI Galway
Making it Everyone’s Business: Family Support as an Interface between Child Protection Services, Communities and Citizens
3) Ms. Helen Uchechukwu Ogbu, Galway
Faith: A Bolstering Factor in Parenting in Direct Provision

Theme II. The Contribution of Volunteers

1) Ms. Aoife Griffin, The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
The Development of the ISPCC Advocacy Volunteer
2) Dr. Annick Janson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Increasing Volunteer Capacity through a Collaborative Learning Framework: The New Zealand Virtual Volunteer Induction Programme (V.V.I.P)
3) Ms. Anne Goodwin, St. Brigid's Family and Community Centre, Waterford
Participation in Practice

Theme III. Engaging Communities in Family Support

1) Dr. Stella Owens, Centre for Effective Services
Prevention and Early Intervention in Children and Young People’s Services – The Learning from the Investment by Government and Philanthropy on the Island of Ireland
2) Dr. Michelle Millar, NUI Galway and Dr. Seamus Morrissey, Galway City Partnership
Volunteers and Communities: the Case of the Incredible Years Programme in Galway City
3) Dr. Gemma Cox, youngballymun
Achieving Broad-Based Community Change through Meaningful Stakeholder Participation

Theme IV. Challenges Facing Professional Worker-Citizens in Embattled Systems

1) Mr. Richard O'Donovan, Foróige, the National Youth Development Organisation
Organisational Citizenship Behaviour
2) Ms. Fiona Walshe, Athlone Institute of Technology
Voices from the Coalface of Family Support – a Study of Community Childcare
3) Dr. Colletta Dalikeni, Dundalk Institute of Technology
The Experiences of Child Protection Social Workers of Working with Asylum Seeking Families

Theme V. The Role of Advocacy and Protest

1) Dr. Gemma Carney, NUI Galway
Citizenship across the Life Course in Austerity: Advocating for Children, Older People and People with Disabilities
2) Ms. Anna Visser, The Advocacy Initiative
Social Justice Advocacy: Challenges and Prospects
3) Ms. Emma McKinley, Children's Rights Alliance
The Child and Family Agency – A Golden Opportunity

Theme VI. Engagement and Innovative Programmes

1) Ms. Rachel Browne and Ms. Steph Troy, Mayo Children's Initiative
Something in the Way. A Peer Education Programme Empowering Young People to Break the Silence Around Dating Abuse
2) Mr. Declan Coogan, NUI Galway
Challenges for Practitioners & Parents in Responding to Child to Parent Violence
3) Dr. Michael Kelly, Loyola University Chicago, USA
Social Justice Education: Bridging the Divide of Class and Race in Two Chicago High Schools

Theme VII. Participatory Structures

1) Prof. Nevenka Zegarac & Prof. Tamara Dzamonja, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Participation by Children and Young People with Disabilities and their Families in Service Provision
2) Ms. Joanne Morrison, Positive Futures, Northern Ireland
A Journey of Real Participation: Involving People with a Learning Disability in Organisational Decision Making Processes
3) Ms. Olive McGovern & Ms. Anne O'Donnell, Department of Children & Youth Affairs
An Analysis of the Application of a Non-Hierarchical Model of Children’s Participation in Decision Making in Hearing the Voices of Children and Young People Living in the Care of the State

Theme VIII. Participation by Children and Young People

1) Dr. Sheila McArdle, Athlone, Co. Roscommon
Cultural Competency. A Practice Tool to Potentially Enhance Youth Participation
2) Ms. Patricia McNeilly, Queen's University Belfast
‘I go on my own...cause you're an age now': The Participation of Disabled Children and Young People in Health and Social Care Decisions
3) Mr. Timothy Stewart & Ms. Aileen Murphy, Barnardos
Youth Participation - The Journey of the Unknown

Theme IX. Participation by Children in Care

1) Ms. Réidín Dunne, Empowering People in Care
Building Momentum - Change, Challenge and Opportunity in Advocating for Young People in Care in Ireland
2) Dr. Conor Mc Mahon, Ms. Breege Mangan and Ms. Sharon Morrisson, HSE West (Sligo)
'Taking Time to Listen': The Development of a Youth Forum for Young People with Care Experience in the North West
3) Ms. Edel McCarthy, HSE West (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary)
Young People in Residential Care, their Participation and the Influencing Factors