This section rounds up upcoming conferences, seminars and meetings on policies and practices affecting children and families.
‘No time for children’ will be launched by the authors, Prof. Ann Buchanan (Director of the Centre for Research into Parenting and Children, University of Oxford, UK) and Dr. Anna Rotkirch, (Research Director at the Population Research Institute, Väestöliitto, Finland) at the European parliament, Brussels. The book investigates the significant fall in fertility rates worldwide and the possible population decline by 2050. The authors consider the impacts this might have on the labour market, women and children, reconciling work and family life, and the economy. The result of global research, this publication aims to find answers regarding the ageing population and the decreasing workforce. The event will provide an opportunity to learn about the authors latest research findings and hear the responses of policy makers, including Daniela Bankier (Head of Unit, DG Justice), Dagmar Schumacher (Director UN WOMEN) and Mary Collins (European Women’s Lobby).
Positive child development and strong child protection systems are mutually reinforced and have significant economic benefits to children, particularly young children. Every year, the Symposium brings together 200 professionals in the area of child welfare, adoption, and orphan care for three days of information gathering, idea sharing and networking. This year, workshops will discuss the needs of children in Haiti, India, Ethiopia and China, as well as financial organizational empowerment, medical and nutritional issues, orphan care issues, and inter-country adoption. Speakers include representatives of national and international nonprofit organizations, scholars and policymakers from these fields. More information and registration can be found on the website.
The RICHE and CHICOS projects, together with TACTICS and EURO-PERISTAT, are hosting a joint event on European child health research. Leading researchers and practitioners, policy makers, and advocates will discuss ways forward and contribute to shaping the landscape of future European investment in child health. The Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, and Patricia Reilly, Commissioner GeogheganQuinn's cabinet (DG Research), will attend the opening and closing session. More information can be found here.
In a time of austerity, with changes to the benefits system and cuts to local authorities’ budgets, it has become increasingly important to focus on ending child poverty and provide support to the most vulnerable children. Conference delegates will develop their understanding of vital welfare reforms and how they will impact vulnerable families and children. The morning session shall focus on child poverty and current reforms the benefits system, and the afternoon session will examine case studies and examples of effective practice. Delegates will analyse measures to reduce child poverty and improve children’s situations and outcomes. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to network with individuals from across many sectors and discuss best practice.
ENSEC is a network of collaborating researchers and practitioners from the EU who work in the field of children and young people’s social and emotional capabilities. With children and young people facing more challenging and complex situations, ENSEC aims to help young people and children identify their place in society. Young people and children across the world are confronted with anxieties about war, racism, inequality, migration, family breakdown, new technology and media and the environment. New policies and programmes aim to address these issues in a bid to alleviate young people’s anxieties and ensure their well-being, but evidence for the effectiveness of these policies and practices should be examined carefully. This conference aims to address these major issues and facilitate discussion regarding research in this area. More information can be found on their website.
The annual conference of the British Society for Population Studies will take place from the 9th to 11th of September 2013 in Swansea, UK. The two-day event will consist of two plenary sessions during which Monica Das Gupta (The World Bank) will speak on ‘Demography, gender and kinship’, and Mary Daly (University of Oxford) will discuss the UK and European policy response to trends on fertility and ageing. A series of ‘strand sessions’ focusing on themes such as ageing, families and households, fertility, and mortality will also be held, and the event will also include a training session on methods and modelling.
ISPCAN’s Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect will be a forum for delegates to study and discuss the current state of research as well as European and international interventions on child abuse and neglect (CAN). The conference will also address emerging topics and challenges in CAN. Themes to be covered by this four-day conference in Dublin include interventions and programmes for families in difficult situations, children’s right and participation, reforms in child protection and welfare policy and building the evidence base on CAN.
The 8th UNESCO Youth Forum will bring together young ambassadors from countries all over the world. These young people will have the opportunity to have in depth discussions with one another regarding shared concerns and common problems and preoccupations. This Youth Forum is a key part of UNESCO’s General Conference and ideas which are raised during the forum will feed directly into the General Conference.
This event will be hosted by Albero della Vita in cooperation with the Italian national Ombudsman for Children, Municipality of Milan and other Italian NGOs and networks. More information will be available soon and a form for expressing early interest and getting updates can be found here. For any questions you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.