This section rounds up upcoming conferences, seminars and meetings on policies and practices affecting children and families.
The next Global Implementation Conference is due to take place in Dublin on May 26th-28th, 2015. The annual conference will centre on five themes which focus on inputs for social impact, multi-level collaboration (regional, national and global), measurement systems and implementation infrastructure, These themes will be manifested through master classes and a number of breakout sessions over the three days of the conference. The conference is organised by the Global Implementation Initiative whose goal is to promote the application of cross-cutting areas such as science, policy and practice in services.
The conference on Accessible and fair financial services: alternatives to mainstream banking will be hosted by COFACE, ASGECO-Confederación and Madrid City Council on May 11th and 12th, 2015. The conference aims to address a number of issues on financial inclusion which directly affect families. The conference will comprise a number of panels including financial planning alternatives to commercial banks, access to trustworthy information on finance, and civil society’s role in policy-making.
The European Social Network (ESN) will host on 7-8 May its third Peer Review on Investing in Children’s Services. The conference, due to take place in Budapest, Hungary, will review children’s services in five countries (Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Portugal and Romania). The ESN congregates a wide breadth of actors from research, finance, public bodies and academia, among others, with the aim of promoting public services which support vulnerable people. The review will take place through the lens of the European Commission’s Recommendation on Investing in Children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Public bodies, as well as special interest groups, will be present at this conference. Last year’s peer review focused on Catalonia, Scotland, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands and identified gaps in the provision of child services and how these regions invested in children.
The Informal Coalition of NGOs for Child Rights, which is supported by Eurochild, will host its international conference to promote children’s rights and well-being on April 30th, 2015, in Vilnius, Lithuania. The day-long conference, “Protect my Childhood”, will focus heavily on supporting the family and children. The sessions will centre on children’s rights, foster care reform and allowing parents and families to have a role in children’s rights. Guest speakers include representatives from Eurochild, Lithuanian public bodies, and child advocacy groups who will speak on matters of policy and family affairs.
This two-day event hosted by Caritas Europa will mark the change in the Executive Board and the presidency of Caritas Europa will pass from Fr Erny Gillen to Msgr. Luc Van Looy (from 2014-2019).