Events

 International Conference 25 Years CRC 

17-19 November 2014 
Leiden Law School, Leiden University, The Netherlands

In November 2014 a two-day international conference on children’s rights will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, to herald the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The conference aims to bring together children’s rights academics, professionals and students from the four corners of the globe, for a two-day programme full of discussion and reflection on the past and future impact of the CRC on topical issues of the children's rights agenda. The first day of the conference focuses on the implications that the CRC has had since its adoption, and the second day provides a platform for reflection about the future of the children’s rights project seen from a meta level.

This conference is part of a whole week of festivities from Monday 17 November until Thursday 20 November 2014 organized by Leiden University, the City of Leiden, UNICEF The Netherlands and the Dutch NGO Coalition on Children’s Rights. This programme also includes the Leiden Children’s Rights Summit on Universal Children’s Day, 20 November 2014, the Leiden Freedom Lecture and an international moot court.

For more information about the conference and to register, please visit: http://law.leiden.edu/organisation/private-law/child-law/25yearscrc


Eurochild 11th Annual Conference -  'Children First: Better Public Spending for Better Outcomes for Children and Families' 
Bucharest, 26-28 November 2014

This event will address important questions around ‘why’ and ‘how’ to invest public resources in children and families, in particular the most vulnerable. The conference will reflect on implementation of the 2013 European Commission Recommendation ‘Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage’ and the broader Social Investment Package. It will look at how EU structural and investment funds can be better deployed in the next programming period to stimulate reforms and develop innovative practice.

The event is set within the overall context of States obligations to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which celebrates 25 years in 2014. The UNCRC Committee has agreed to develop a General Comment on the specific issue of ‘best use of resources’, to which this conference can provide valuable input.

The conference is organised in such a way as to provide rich content input as well as space to debate, share knowledge and network. It will include 3-4 keynote speakers, three key themes of social return on investment, evaluation methodologies, and public-private partnerships, poster sessions, study visits, a “children’s corner,” workshop sessions, and a panel debate. 

Participants in this event include: government representatives, regional and local authorities, service providers, child rights activists, network organisations, children’s ombudspersons, academics and research institutes; philanthropic organisations; business and corporates, and inter-governmental organisations.

For more information, please click here


Social Care Institute for Excellence 

SCIE is looking for examples of how councils are identifying ‘seldom heard’ young people likely to have care and support needs as an adult. One example SCIE has already been told about identifies young carers at an early stage, by looking at the siblings of a young person with care and support requirements. This work will help SCIE to create their transitions resource, which they are working on, which offers you support over the implementation of the Care Act 2014.

If you have an example and are willing to explain what it is and what the outcome is, please contact SCIE at Angela.hatcher@scie.org.uk


The 3nd Pan African Conference on Parenting 2015

Call for Abstracts 

In preparation for the 3rd Pan African Conference that will take place on 21 and 22 April, 2015 in Uganda, PAN invites interested parties to respond to the call of Abstract . The theme of the conference is  Positive discipline in  childhood and adolescence - With special focus on behaviour modelling and positive parenting of children living with disabilities and those in special contexts in Africa.

The main objectives of the conference are:

1. Create a forum to highlight the realities on positive discipline across the region by addressing knowledge, attitude and practices across the region, on positive discipline.

2. Provide a platform to share evidence-based knowledge and information to inform advocacy for actions and policies that favour children by the government and policy maker.

3. Enhance clear understanding on what parents, caregivers and agents of socialisation need to know while raising children, in order to enhance their potential to realize their aspirations

4. Collate evidence on efforts and action points to strengthen family relationships in Africa for the wellbeing of children.

PAN invites submission of abstracts (about 350 words) from experts working in parenting and family care support programs, research and academic institutions; programs for children with special needs; and policy and legal frameworks that address positive discipline from childhood to adolescence. The deadline for receiving abstracts is 30th November 2014, through info@parentinginafrica.org to allow ample time for review and confirmation.

For more information on abstracts' focus and guidelines, please click here


Educating Children Who Are Raised in Alternative Family and Care Systems: Global Practices 

Childhood Education: A Call for Manuscripts

Educators need to ensure that they are addressing children's education needs in individually sensitive ways, particularly when working with children who are coming to school from diverse living and care situations. Families, carers, social services, and schools should work together to enrich the educational opportunities for children in alternative care so as to contribute to positive educational outcomes. Many of these children have experienced trauma or have had inconsistent caregiving and education experiences.

The goal of this special issue of Childhood Education is to explore alternative family and care environments for children and how education services can offer holistic support that enhances learning and life outcomes for this vulnerable population. Childhood Education is seeking manuscripts from a holistic perspective in the following topical areas:

This themed edition will document the rich and varied strategies that successfully enhance childhood development services and home school involvement across disciplines and thus promote intercultural connections among the readers of Childhood Education. Submit manuscripts ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 words to Fiona S. Baker at fbaker@ecae.ac.ae by December 31, 2014.

For a full description and application instructions, please click here 


The 29th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment – Pre-Conference Event: ISPCAN Global Institute on "Positive Parenting to Improve Outcomes for Children” 

The institute will include four international perspectives on aspects of parenting/child care-giving, which research indicates contribute to positive outcomes for children. Evidence-based strategies and programmes that promote positive parenting/child care-giving will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the potential application and adaptations of programmes and strategies in different contexts and cultures, as well as to share evidence-based programmes or programmes that they have implemented or come across in the context of their practice.

It is a full day event taking place in San Diego on January 25th, 2015 and is part of the Chadwick Center’s 29th Annual Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment which will be held in San Diego from 26-29 January, 2015.

Questions regarding the event can be directed to me at events@ispcan.org. For more information on the Global Institute please click here and for more information on the San Diego International Conference, please click here. Registration deadline for the institute is 17 January 2015


3rd Pan-African Conference on Parenting

21st and 22nd of April 2015, Uganda 

The 3rd Pan African conference on parenting will have the specific theme of Positive discipline in childhood and adolescence - With special focus on behaviour modelling and positive parenting of children living with disabilities and those in special contexts in Africa. The meeting will bring together experts, representatives of national, regional and international  organizations, government officials and partners committed to strengthening families to exchange ideas and hence inform policy and practice on parenting  skilfully  in Africa.

The main objectives of the conference:

1. Create a forum to highlight the realities on positive discipline across the region by addressing knowledge, attitude and practices across the region, on positive discipline.

2. Provide a platform to share evidence-based knowledge and information to inform advocacy for actions and policies that favour children by the government and policy maker.

3. Enhance clear understanding on what parents, caregivers and agents of socialisation need to know while raising children, in order to enhance their potential to realize their aspirations

4. Collate evidence on efforts and action points to strengthen family relationships in Africa for the wellbeing of children.

For more information on this event, please click here


Joint Conference of National Council For Adoption and the Joint Council on International Children’s Services- Reguest For Proposals


The National Council for Adoption (NCFA) and the Joint Council on International Children's Services have teamed up to launch a new conference:Putting Family First, From Family Strenthening to Adoption. The conference will be held  in Arlington, VA (metro D.C.) from June 22, 2015 to June 24, 2015.

Professionals and academics in the child welfare community are invited to submit proposals to present at the Conference. Proposals are being requested for the hour-long sessions. Speakers are encouraged to include the audience and encourage discussion throughout sessions. Sessions will run in tandem with country specific Round Table Discussions.

Joint Council and NCFA are interested in proposals that empower child welfare professionals with new information and ideas that introduce attendees to creative programs that serve children and families in need. CE credits will be granted to attendees, therefore special consideration will be given to proposals that address emerging issues affecting practitioners, including sessions designed around the USG Action Plan on Children in Adversity, social justice and equality, creative family empowerment programs, global foster care services, permanent deinstitutionalization, domestic adoption programs, and the unique medical and nutritional needs of children living outside of family care. Special consideration will also be given to proposals which bridge the academic prospective and the practitioner prospective.This year's Conference will include the following tracks:

- Health/Medical Care

- Family Care First or Family, Community and System Strengthening

- Adoption

The deadline for submitting proposals is by 5:00 pm on November 14, 2014. Proposals must be submitted via surveymonkey. Presenters will be notified on or about January 30, 2015.

For more information on the conference, please click here

The link to the RFP form can be found here