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All Island Conference: 'Improving Child Protection Practice: Making the most of Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges' – May 2013

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), Ireland and Edwin Poots MLA, Minister for Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), Northern Ireland co-hosted the All Island Conference ‘Improving Child Protection Practice: Making the most of Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges’ on the 1st of May 2013. The conference was under the auspices of the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) and organised in co-operation by officials from both jurisdictions.

Participants at the conference heard from international speaker, Professor Marie Connolly, Chair and Head of Social Work at the University of Melbourne, about supporting child and family-centred systems in child protection through an evidence based approach. This was followed with presentations from a panel of experts, north and south of Ireland, providing an overview of past inquiries and the role of case reviews and their impact of service delivery. The conference made particular reference to not only utilising case reviews to assess mistakes and failings within our child protection systems but also to reflect on good professional practice that will help to strengthen outcomes for children and families.

Conference Programme

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