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IFCO 2017 Call for Papers: Deadlines Extended

IFCO 2017 Call for Papers: Deadlines Extended

Due to numerous requests, the deadlines for the IFCO 2017 World Conference have been extended until 28 April 2017. Take advantage of this great opportunity and share your expertise with the international foster and alternative care community.

This year's conference theme “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).

4. Prevention, Intervention, Permanency:
4.1. Working with biological families of children in care;
4.2. Sibling groups in care;
4.3. Early childhood and permanency: the importance of intervention and decision-making towards permanency;
4.4. What does permanency mean and what does it look like;
4.5. Reframing through storytelling – using storytelling to help the child or young person heal and reframe their story the hold about themselves, their family, foster care, and their past;
4.6. A macro, systems approach to planning and implementing child protection and welfare.

5. Partnership, engagement and children & youth participation:
5.1. The role of formal and informal intervention with children, youth and careleavers: listening to their voice in all decisions about their life;
5.2. The experience of children whose parents are the foster carers (also known as birth children): their roles and experiences of care and fostering;
5.3. Youth participation at levels beyond individual services, to include systems development, policy, practice, and/or evaluation.

6. Measuring success:
6.1. Preventative services, suitable placements and aftercare;
6.2. Organisational and reform success and the impact and measurement of careleavers successes and attainments;
6.3. Successful transitions: reintegration to the birth family, and/or independent living for young people generally, and for young people with disabilities specifically.

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. Please check our abstract submission guidelines before sending your papers. The deadline for submission of papers has been extended until 28 April 2017.

If you have any questions regarding paper submission, please contact Conference Registration Desk by email conference[at] or by phone +44 (0) 20 8144 7571. Follow all the latest about the Conference and join the conversation in social media by posting and tweeting using the official conference hashtag #IFCO2017.

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