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All Island Conference

‘Improving Child Protection Practice: Making the most of Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges’

Wednesday 1st May 2013

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Format of the Conference

Key Note International Speaker

Professor Marie Connolly, University of Melbourne, Chair & Head of Social Work
Changing Lenses: Supporting Child and Family-Centred Systems in Child Protection

Opportunities and Challenges in Learning from reviewsDiscussing the learning from formal reviews, investigations and inquiries

John Devaney, Case Management Review – Northern Ireland

Helen Buckley, National Review Panel – Republic of Ireland


Opportunities and Challenges for PractitionersChallenges and Supports for Practitioners

Karen O’Brien, Principal Practitioner Social Worker, Northern Ireland

Patricia Finlay, Principal Social Worker, Republic of Ireland 

Norah Gibbons, Member of Acknowledgement Forum established under the Inquiry into Historical Abuse Act 2013 and Designate Chairperson of the Board of the new Child and Family Agency


Opportunities and Challenges to Improve Children’s Services - Focus on systems and organisations – how is the system responding to the learning from reviews

Tony Rodgers, Health and Social Care Board, Northern Ireland
Regional Improvement Team and Children’s Services Improvement Board

Annie Callanan, HSE Children and Family Services, Republic of Ireland
Children and Family Services Change Programme and Child and Family Agency

Hugh Connor, Chair of Safeguarding Board, Northern Ireland
The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland - Getting Started - The What, The How and The Who.

 Video Footage from the Conference

Morning Session

Mid Morning Session


 Afternoon Session

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