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  

Simulation Labs for Child Welfare Education & Training Webinar

4 February, 2015

This webinar, presented by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, will be held on February 4, 2015, from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST. The webinar will provide an overview of Simulation Labs, an innovative technique being utilized with newly-hired children's services social workers at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Los Angeles County, California, USA as well as undergraduate and graduate social work students. The simulation exercise helps participants to  promote, develop, and reinforce key social work skills such as client engagement, critical thinking, assessment skills, interviewing techniques, decision-making, analysis, and problem solving. Presenters of the webinar will share strategies involved in creating and implementing this model, including training infrastructure (space, set design, resources), staffing and current efforts to evaluate the model's impact and effectiveness.

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

The Abu Dhabi Seventh International Conference for Persons with Disabilities
ACCESS Abu Dhabi 2015
Promoting the Protection Rights for Persons with Disabilities
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
21st– 23rd April 2015

Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, the main authority responsible for providing specialized services for persons with disabilities and orphans in Abu Dhabi, is pleased to announce the Seventh Abu Dhabi International Conference for Persons with Disabilities (ACCESS Abu Dhabi 2015), to be held in Abu Dhabi from 21st – 23th April 2015.

ACCESS Abu Dhabi began in 2006. During its six previous cycles it has had a direct positive impact on supporting individuals with disabilities in the local community in different areas such as, health, rehabilitation, education, family supports, and employment. Based on the success of this conference, Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO) is in the process of organizing its Seventh ACCESS Abu Dhabi 2015 conference, which will highlight the best international practices in the field of CHILD PROTECTION.

For more information, please click here.

For the participation submission form, please click here 

Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Summit

April 30-May 1, 2015 - Nashville, Tennessee, USA

This event is hosted by the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Workshops at this event will include themes specifically designed for pastors, laymen, Christian orphan care non-profits, and individuals looking for more information on orphan care and ministry.

Early Registration (discounted) is open from January to February 28. Full Registration is held from March 1 -March 31 and Late Registration opens April 1.

For more information about the event, please click here. 

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

Save the Date: 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.

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

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 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

For more information on the conference, please click here

The link to the RFP form can be found 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.