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
other 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.
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