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IFCO 2016 European Conference: deadlines extended

IFCO 2016 European Conference: deadlines extended

Deadlines for paper submissions and early bird registration for International Foster Care Organisation's 2016 European Conference have been extended until 13 June 2016. The extension provides an extra time to submit paper outlines and the opportunity for adult and youth delegates to benefit from the discounted rates.

IFCO 2016 will take place on 1-4 September 2016 in Sheffield, UK. This year's conference theme "Pathways: A lifelong understanding of education, trauma, intervention and success" will focus on both education and trauma – something that a child in care can experience in every step of the care process. It will also reflect on many intervention opportunities and hopefully successes that each person experiences through the journey of care. Education, trauma, intervention and success represent moments of intensity in life-paths which may impact the future and be a lesson for experience, growth, and knowledge.

The aim of the conference is, therefore, to create a platform for all stakeholders to share and understand their role and responsibilities in supporting children in care and care leavers.

Conference subthemes will include:

  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Ethnicity, marginalisation, refugee children and asylum seekers
  • Formal and informal educational outcomes for children in care and care leavers
  • Education and training of foster parents and social workers
  • The role of policy makers, advocates, researchers and others
  • Understanding trauma and its effect
  • The role of formal and informal intervention with children and youth
  • Measuring success
  • Partnership, engagement and youth participation

On top of the dynamic academic programme for adults, IFCO 2016 will include two youth programme tracks focusing on self-advocacy and empowerment of the care-leavers. Delegates will be offered optional opportunities for networking and cross-over interactions. For more details please visit IFCO 2016 conference website.

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If you have any questions regarding registration or conference fees, require a letter of invitation or have a problem with payment, please contact Conference Registration Desk by email at or by phones +44 (0) 782 513 2104 or +44 (0) 20 8144 7571.