CP MERG Webinar: Evaluating Protection and Psychosocial Support in the Context of Humanitarian Settings
27 May 2015 14.00-15.15 (UK time)/9:00-10:15am (NY time)


The Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (CP MERG) is a global forum for collaboration and coordination on child protection monitoring, evaluation and research. CP MERG is presenting a webinar on Evaluating Protection and Psychosocial Support in the Context of Humanitarian Settings on 27 May with two key speakers: Francesca Bonino, Research Fellow with the Secretariat of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) and Ashley Inselman, World Vision Capacity Building Advisor. Francesca Bonino will present on ALNAP’s ongoing initiative to develop and pilot guidance for evaluators looking at protection in humanitarian contexts. And Ashley Inselman will be presenting on the development and use of the Emergency Developmental Assets Profile (EmDAP).

If you have any questions, please contact Ghazal Keshavarzian, The webinar room will open 30 minutes before the event. All welcome!
To join the webinar, please click here.  


Illuminating Change: Ten Years of Measuring the Care and Protection of Children
2 June, 2015, Washington, DC  

The last 10 years have been a period of intense learning about how to rigorously measure and assess international child protection and family welfare programs and policies. The issues requiring a stronger evidence base—including violence against children, psychosocial wellbeing, formal and informal child protection mechanisms, and family strengthening programs—span emergency and development contexts, and much progress has been made. 

Reflecting upon its work over the past 10 years, the CPC Learning Network invites you to an invigorating discussion to review the progress made in international child protection and family welfare—not only advances in measurement, but also the development of knowledge transfer platforms to ensure research uptake. Throughout the session, participants will also look to the future to determine the most effective ways of measuring and assessing child protection, care and development in the years to come. 

This event, sponsored by the Center for Children in Adversity and the Displaced Children & Orphans Fund (DCOF) will be held in Washington, DC on June 2, 2015 from 1:00-4:00pm. Please RSVP to Eva Noble at by May 22, 2015.

For more information, please click here. 

2nd Annual Global Social Service Workforce Symposium
10 June, 2015, Washington, DC

The second annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss efforts to strengthen the social service workforce and advance systems and services for children and families. Presentations will focus on ways in which planning, developing and supporting the social service workforce can lead to more effective services for children and families, and stronger systems of care. The Symposium will also act as a dissemination event for the first annual State of the Social Service Workforce 2015 Report.

Participants will be able to join in-person in Washington, D.C. and via live webcast from any location. Live webcast and in-person attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion. Full agenda coming soon!

The Symposium will be held Wednesday, June 10 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST. View the invitation and register to attend. 

Implementing Family Care in Eastern & Southern Africa Conference 2015
10-12 June 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

Give a Child a Family and SA Cares for Life will be holding a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on 10-12 June 2015 focused on family care for orphans and vulnerable children in Eastern and Southern Africa. The conference will share innovative practices implemented by NGOs, CBOs and FBOs in the region. The conference will focus on discussing the importance of family care for children, how family care can be implemented, and how to ensure children’s wellbeing in family care. More information to follow.

For more information, please click here.

Putting Family First Conference:
A Joint Conference of the National Council For Adoption and
the Joint Council on International Children’s Services 
22-24 June 2015, Arlington, VA, USA

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 Strengthening to Adoption. The conference will be held in Arlington, VA (metro D.C.) from June 22, 2015 to June 24, 2015.

The conference will bring together a diverse group of presenters and participants who are focused on the continuum of care that helps children live in safe, permanent, and nurturing families.

For more information on the conference, please click here

Psychosocial Support (PSS) Forum 2015
Love, Care and Protection from Infancy to Adolescence
1-3 September, 2015

REPSSI is hosting the 3rd annual Psychosocial Support Forum on the African continent. REPSSI invites regional and international experts in Psychosocial Support - including representatives from the regional economic blocks, national governments, civil society, academia, media and international cooperating partners - to participate in this forum.  Participants will share research and practice based evidence on the provision of PSS for children, from infancy to adolescence, and share lessons that have been learnt in the implementation of PSS interventions. 

For more information, please click here.

ISCI 2015: 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators “From Welfare to Well-being: Child Indicators in Research, Policy and Practice.”
University of Cape Town, South Africa
2 – 4 September 2015 

The 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators will be held on 2-4 September 2015 at the University of Cape Town. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and child advocates from across the world will gather for three days to share and discuss the latest child indicator research methods, findings and implications for policy and interventions. The conference is hosted by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, in partnership with the African Child Policy Forum, UNICEF and the Poverty & Inequality Initiative at UCT. 

For more information please click here.  

Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s (SVRI) 4th International Conference
Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch, South Africa
14-17 September, 2015

The SVRI Forum 2015 is the ‘go to’ event in the field, bringing together over 250 researchers, activists, funders, policy makers, service providers, practitioners and survivors from around the world who are working to understand, prevent and respond to sexual and intimate partner violence. The 2015 Forum provides a platform for showcasing research and innovation in the field and learning about new and tested interventions on how to end sexual violence, intimate partner violence and child abuse and maltreatment.

The tracks and themes for SVRI Forum 2015 will focus on key debates and issues currently faced by the field:

For more information, and to register, please click here.

Family Troubles Symposium: Care and Change in Diverse Contexts
16 September 2015, University of Reading, UK 

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to explore family relations, care and ‘troubles’ in diverse contexts. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group, the British Sociological Association (BSA) Families and Relationships Study Group, the BSA Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group and the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS). The symposium will reflect on the discourses associated with ‘family’ in different cultural and policy settings and explore the (potentially troubling or troubled) changes, caring practices, and intergenerational relations that shape family lives over time and space.

For more information, please click here. 

Save the Date: WHO Global Campaign for Violence Prevention 7th Milestones Meeting 
22-23 September, 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

The 7th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting - hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its Executive Boardroom in Geneva, Switzerland - will focus on child maltreatment and youth violence, among other topics. The meeting will focus on consolidating global, regional and national efforts to strengthen violence prevention policies, programmes and laws. During the meeting, participants will make plans to increase action, political support and funding for violence prevention worldwide. Keynote speakers will include senior government policy-makers and world experts. Researchers, practitioners and advocates, as well as policy-makers and others with decision-making authority at local, regional, and global levels are invited to attend.

For more information, and to request an invitation, please click here.

 IFCO 2015 18th Biennial Conference: “Tell Someone Who Cares: Caring for Our Children”
8-11 November - Sydney, Australia

The 18th Biennial International Foster Care Conference “Tell Someone Who Cares,” hosted by the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO), will take place in Sydney, Australia. The 2015 International Conference will provide an opportunity to showcase foster, kinship & relative care in a National Australian context and international keynote speakers will present the important, innovative work being undertaken in other parts of the world.  

To learn more, please click here.