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Reinforcing or Reducing Inequalities among Children? The Role of Child Prot...

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Queen's University

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This conference will launch the findings from the Child Welfare Inequalities Project, a major research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation which examined the relationship between deprivation and child protection interventions across the four UK nations. Professor Paul Bywaters from Coventry University and Dr Lisa Bunting from QUB will present the findings from the UK wide and NI elements of this work. For further information about the CWIP project and to access research reports for the UK, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, please go to http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/current-projects/2014/child-welfare-inequality-uk/

Professor Bywaters and Dr Bunting will be be joined by Dr Nat O'Connor from the University of Ulster who will be discussing economic inequality and child welfare, as well as representatives from the NI policy and practice community. The conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Health NI and the Department of Communities NI and will be chaired by Sean Holland (Chief Social Work Officer, Department of Health). The event is free and is open to policy makers, service commissioners, practitioners and students across the statutory and community sectors in NI. It will be held in Riddel Hall at QUB and tea/coffee and lunch will be provided.

The draft programme for the day is as follows:

9.30: Registration & refreshments

10.00: Welcome: Sean Holland (Chair)

10.10: Overview of the Child Welfare Inequalities Research Project & Findings: Professor Paul Bywaters

10.30: Northern Ireland Findings from the Child Welfare Inequalities Research Project: Dr Lisa Bunting

10.50 Q & A

11.00: Coffee Break

11.25: Economic Inequality and Child Welfare (Dr Nat O’Connor, Ulster University)

12.00: Addressing Poverty in Practice - Child and Family Social Work, Family Support Hubs

12.35: Q & A

12.45: Lunch (provided)

1.30: Policy Perspectives and Developments - Department of Health, Department of Communities

2.15: Closing Panel: Where Do We Go From Here?

3.00: Close


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