This section rounds up upcoming conferences, seminars and meetings on policies and practices affecting children and families.
In July 2014, the European Social Network will hold its 22 annual conference in Italy. The theme of this two-day event will be social inclusion and investment in people, and more specifically, ways in which citizens can be included in the shaping of their local services and communities, as well as how budgets and existing capabilities and human capital can be better used in the delivery of social services. The conference will see actors from the private, public and charity sectors from a broad range of countries interact in a series of keynote speeches and 30 workshops touching on themes ranging from intergenerational volunteering to inspection and improvement or the use of technology.
In early September 2014, the European Scientific Association for Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents will hold its 13th conference. Major themes covered during the conference will include evidence-based approaches, the education of children in care settings, new paths for foster care, and the translation between research and practice and policy. The aim of the conference is to think about new tools to help scientists and researchers with new tools as well as knowledge to equip them to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable or troubled children, and their families.
In September 2014, the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE) and the Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto) will organise the European Employers’ Forum for Work Life Balance. The forum will be preceded by a pre-conference on ‘New Dimensions of Family-Life and Work for Women, Men and Children’, during which keynote speeches and panels will discuss family policies and work-life balance as well as day-care systems. The Forum itself will bring together public, private and third-sector employers with a view to exchanging knowledge and developing good practice on family-friendly workplaces and work-life balance for employees, with a particular focus on the healthcare and retail sectors.