IFCO 2017 World Conference call for papers is now open. You are invited to submit your paper.
The theme of the conference “Setting Sail from a Safe Port: Giving our children confidence to move forward with safe and permanent relationships” is underpinned by a holistic understanding that every person has a role in protecting children and promoting their well-being. Professionals, carers, policy-makers and youth will all benefit from exploring this theme together and using the platform of the IFCO International Conference to share, exchange, and learn from each other. The aim of the conference is to offer a balanced and inspiring programme, focusing on best practice, informed policies, and children’s rights.
Authors are invited to submit a paper in English to be considered for 15-minute and 30- minute plenaries, discussion panel plenaries, as well as interactive 90-minute parallel workshops for both Adult and Youth Programmes on one of the following themes:
1. Child Protection Systems and Deinstitutionalisation (DI) Reform:
1.1. Overall care system reform: the transition from institutions to non- institutional care, ensuring high quality alternative care options while prioritising family based care;
1.2. DI and family based care in different regions: Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America (local, national, international, and comparison studies particularly welcome).
2. Meeting the needs:
2.1. Children in need of care and protection due to migration: ethnicity, children migrating with their families and unaccompanied children, undocumented children and children in the asylum system;
2.2. Formal and informal educational outcomes for children during care and for careleavers;
2.3. Foster carers and social workers: Education, training, assessment, approval, supervision and retention;
2.4. The role of policy makers, advocates, researchers and others.
3. Understanding trauma and its effect:
3.1. The effect on the developing brain;
3.2. The difficulties that arise through life (for example: in education, and social and emotional relationships);
3.3. Interventions and therapies help to heal or overcome trauma;
3.4. Creating safe spaces and safe relationships for children and youth who are or were traumatised (and in particular, the role of the foster family).
You may submit abstracts of papers electronically via abstract submission form following this link. You will be asked to create an account and register first. This is to enable you to retrieve the submission and edit the draft abstract before the deadline.