Child and Family Research Centre Conference, June 16/17, 2011

Draft Programme - Subject to change.

Day One - Thursday 16th June 2011

9.15 - 10.00              Registration – Tea/Coffee

10.00 – 10.15           Introduction and welcome
                                    Professor Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic

10.15 – 10.30           Official Opening
                                    Minister for Children, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, T.D.

10.30 – 11.30           Intimate Practice in Working with Children and Families
Professor Harry Ferguson, University of Nottingham

11.30 - 11.45            Tea/Coffee 

11.45 – 12.45           Supporting Children’s Rights to Protection: People, Programs, Realities and Reforms

                                    Professor Bob Lonne, Queensland University of Technology

12.45 – 2.00              Lunch

2.00 – 3.00                Child Protection in Development and Humanitarian Contexts – The Challenge of the 21st Century

                                    Dr. Susan Bissell, UNICEF

3.00 – 4.00                Practice Seminars 

                                Practice-focused seminars, led by our key speakers and
specialists in the field, providing a further opportunity to examine
                          the issues arising in the conference

4.00 – 4.15                Tea/Coffee 

4.15 – 5.15                Home Truths – HIV, Residential Care and Family Support for Children   in South Africa

Professor John Pinkerton, Queen’s University, Belfast & Ms. Helen Meintjes, Children’s Institute, University of Capetown

5.15 – 6.00                Drinks Reception

Day Two - Friday 17th June 2011 

9.00 – 10.00              A Family Support approach to protecting children; current issues and

                                    Ms. Carmel Devaney, National University of Ireland, Galway

10.00 – 11.00           Supporting Families through Universal Provision

Professor Mary Daly, Queen’s University, Belfast 

11.00 – 11.15           Tea/Coffee

11:15 – 12:15           Child Protection and Family Support: Moving Beyond a Tired and Problematic Binary

                                    Professor Brid Featherstone, National University of Ireland, Galway 

12.30 - 1.30              Special Guest: Róisín Ingle

                                    Róisín Ingle is an award winning features journalist with The Irish Times. For the past ten years she has written a popular column about her life in that newspaper's Saturday magazine. She is the author of  'Pieces of Me', a collection of the columns. Like every second person in the country she is also procrastinating about writing a novel.

1.30 – 2.30                Lunch 





Inter-agency models for supporting families

A joint seminar by the Sligo/North Leitrim and Donegal Identification of Need (ION) initiative and the Jobstown Alternative Response Model (ARM) whereby practitioners will present their experience of developing inter-agency partnerships to support families.


Protecting and supporting young people in school and community settings

The staff of the School Completion Programme and the Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) mentoring programme will present a joint seminar on support services that can contribute to the protection and support of young people in school and community settings.


Supporting fathers to keep their children safe

The Caring Dads program focuses on helping men recognize attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours that support healthy and unhealthy father-child relationships, develop skills for interacting with children in healthy ways, and appreciate the impact on children of controlling, intimidating, abusive and neglectful actions including witnessing domestic violence.


Multi-disciplinary approaches to child protection

Staff from local child and family social services, HSE West, Galway will present in relation to their experiences of inter-disciplinary approaches to protecting children through family support.


Protecting children and supporting families through quality early years services

The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), Tallaght will present on their experience in practice of supporting parents in an early years setting.


Advocacy and Children’s Rights

Staff from the Children’s Rights Alliance will present in relation to the role of advocacy in promoting and protecting children’s rights with an emphasis on The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Staff from the Irish Association of Young People in Care will speak about the importance of advocacy in supporting children in care.    


Family Welfare Conference

The HSE Family Welfare Conference Service, Dublin will present family welfare conferences as a model for protecting children through supporting their families.


How family support and child protection meet in practice

With over 40 years of experience in the area of family support and child protection, Clarecare, a voluntary agency in Co Clare, explores the learning from the interaction of family support and child protection services in their work with families.


Protecting Children and Supporting Families through community based family support services

Barnardos Springboard Project in Moyross, Limerick City will present on their role in supporting families to keep children safe.


Making Family Support accessible

The Health and Social Care Board and Children in Northern Ireland will focus on work throughout Northern Ireland that makes family support services more accessible and usable locally; ensuring the necessary linkages between locally accessible family support services and safeguarding, whilst also maximizing resources across agencies at a local level.


* Programme subject to change with additional workshops to be confirmed