5-Day Master Class "International Child Welfare: Analysing and Reforming Child Protection Systems"

Date of event: 
01 Apr 2019 - 9:30am to 05 Apr 2019 - 4:30pm
University of Central Lancashire
Conference Center UCLan Westleigh, Lea Road, Preston, Lancashire PR40RB
Type of event: 
Deadline for registration: 
28 Feb 2019

The 5-day Master Class "International Child Welfare: Analysing and Reforming Child Protection Systems" class will offer a theoretical and practical guide to analyzing and reforming child protection systems in high, middle and low-income countries. The lecturers will also include credible leaders in child protection reforms from the Better Care Network, the "A Family for Every Child" Project, Hope and Homes for Children and UNICEF to present case studies on change in systems in different countries, using a variety of strategies. Systematic sociological theories will be presented to provide a framework for understanding how these systems work and how to identify, plan, implement and evaluate change strategies. Through sociological theory, we will focus on the issue of power and culture and the need for a countervailing force to achieve specific institutional changes, such as empowering parents, communities, or other important groups. Systematic practice shows the need to study and challenge attitudes that lead to harmful patterns of work with children and families. The approach involves refiection through engagement, emotion, and rationality. Participants will also work on how to effectively use information and research to change the system. The class is in English.

Preparation for the 5-day programme will consist of reflection on personal experiences in child protection reform. We will work in small groups to analyse the processes of change related to individual cultural and national contexts. During the 5-day programme the participants will define an area for ​​the reform, will analyse this area and create an implementation plan for the reform. Everyone will bbe able to receive a consultation regarding their own plan from other participants and trainers during the programme. After the event, there will also be a consultation time from a trainer which can be utilised within a 3 month period to help implement the individual plan.

To apply or for more information, please contact Olivia Murphy by email socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk or call +44 1772 893408.
Price per participant: £950 (includes preparatory online resources and post-event consultation time).
Deadline for application: 28th February 2019.

United Kingdom
Language(s) of materials: 
Bulgarian and English

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