CALL FOR PAPERS: Opens 16/1/17. Closes 3/4/17. Decisions 5/5/17.
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CONFERENCE THEME: Future directions for child protection and welfare: where to and why?

Child protection and welfare in Ireland is heading into a series of significant changes in the next 12-36 months: the introduction of mandatory reporting, the implementation of the NCCIS software system, the adoption of a new national approach to practice in child protection and welfare in Tusla, the mainstreaming of prevention and family support (PPFS), more separated children fleeing from conflict, a new edition of Children First, a proposed review of the Child Care Act 1991, and it is anticipated that there will be new legislation in the areas of adoption, domestic abuse and online safety. Are all of these changes bringing child protection and welfare in the right direction and why? Will there be opportunities for more relationship and social action-based social work as a result of these changes? What good practice innovations are taking place? What ideas and opinions do you have on these changes and the future direction of child protection and welfare?

The conference committee invites practitioners, academics, managers, service users, local community groups and social commentators to submit papers or workshop presentations on the theme for this conference. We especially welcome papers from practitioners which reflect issues arising in everyday practice. Your abstract will be peer-reviewed by one academic, one practitioner and the chairperson of the Scientific Committee. Preference will be given to presentations that present a unique study, practice innovation, policy etc. that has not been presented previously and which is aligned to the theme of the conference.

Presentation formats
Oral Papers:  The conference committee are inviting abstracts which can be presented in the form of an Oral Paper. The duration of the Oral Paper presentation is 15 minutes and can relate to research/ practice or policy issues relevant to the conference theme. Time will be allowed for audience discussion in the session.

Lightening Talks: The conference committee are inviting abstracts which can be presented in the format of a Lightening Talk. The purpose of the Lightening Talk is to share ideas and concepts with delegates in a quick, clear and insightful manner. This duration of the lightening talk will be 7 minutes. A number of lightening talks will be presented in the same workshop and time will be allowed for audience discussion in the session.

Symposia: The conference committee are inviting proposals for symposia. The symposia will take place over 1 hours 30 minutes period and the committee are open to all proposals, including; debates, research data-collection, practice skills sessions, development of position papers on topics etc. Presenters will be expected to structure the symposia to allow for audience participation and input. Please submit one abstract per symposium through Ex Ordo, but symposium organisers should also email a more detailed proposal to the Scientific Committee chairperson ( with more detailed information on contributors, the rationale for the symposium, details on the format and structure of the symposium, outline the link between the symposium topic and the conference theme, and a description of how delegate participation will be fostered. Due to space constraints we will have limited capacity to host symposia, therefore a very strong rationale will need to be presented as to why a symposium is required rather than an oral paper. 

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