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
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 March 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.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts on any subject related to the processes and findings of child indicator work are welcome (qualitative research also welcome).Please submit abstracts of between 300 and 500 words (in English). The closing date for submission of abstracts is 31 March 2015.  

For more information, and to submit abstracts, please click here. 

 Family Troubles Symposium: Care and Change in Diverse Contexts
Call for Papers
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.

The symposium co-sponsors are looking for papers that address a diversity of caring practices, ‘troubles’ and family relations in both the global North and South and that focus on topics related to the symposium title, in relation to diverse contexts and cross-cultural perspectives.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 April 2015. For more information, 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 

9th ISPCAN Latin American International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Systems for Protecting our Children
26 - 29 April 2015 

ISPCAN, along with the Government of Mexico and the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, is hosting the 9th Latin American International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Mexico from the 26th to the 29th of April. The conference will be organized into chaired sessions based on ten themes including: violence in school and government, virtual violence, child trafficking and sexual violence, migration, prevention and intervention in cases of family violence, and institutional measures for prevention and intervention in child abuse and neglect.

For more information, and to register, 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.

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
Kampala, 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.

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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.

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. An invitation to submit abstracts is also coming soon. 

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.  

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