Conference Agenda

Overview and details of the sessions of this conference. Please select a date or location to show only sessions at that day or location. Please select a single session for detailed view (with abstracts and downloads if available).

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Session Overview
Date: Friday, 18/June/2021
9:45am - 10:30amKeynote Speech 3: Participatory Approaches with Children in Child Protective Services: Tokenistic Presence or Not? Prof Karmen Toros
Session Chair: Merike Sisask
Although participatory approaches have gained considerable popularity in discussions regarding child protection internationally, it remains a complex area of practice ― research indicates that children’s voices are only partially visible during assessment and decision-making. Nevertheless, previous research suggests that children in child protection system want to be more heard and understood, with their opinions being taken into account. In order to identify the child’s needs and to act in the child’s best interests, the child’s views of the situation and his/her opinions and wishes are crucial. It is believed that children are given a central position, not as objects for decisions but as subjects and experts in relation to knowledge of their lives, including needs and therefore, children needing to be acknowledged and treated as experts on matters involving their lives. It stresses that children are competent social actors with valuable views on their daily life. Furthermore, the importance of the participation of children in terms of the beneficial outcomes of the intervention-related decisions, impacting their lives. However, practitioners tend to underestimate children’s capacity to participate and make meaning of their needs This presentation focuses on several questions: Are children competent enough to know what they want? Is engaging children in participation protecting children or causing harm? Where do we go from here?
 
10:45am - 12:15pmPaper Presentation Session 19: Social Work with Children, Young People and Their Families
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Silvia Fargion
Parallel Session 1 
10:45am - 12:15pmSymposium 6: Anti-oppressive Social Work: Researching Professional Practices in Significance to the Future of Social Work and Social Work Education
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Elena Allegri
Parallel Session 2 
10:45am - 12:15pmPaper Presentation Session 20: Learning/Teaching Methods V
Location: Parallel Session 3
Session Chair: Caterina Filareti
Parallel Session 3 
10:45am - 12:15pmWorkshops 10-11: The international exchange revisited: from a ‘traditional’ study trip to an ‘online’ study trip; Taking it online: working with service users to assess students’ readiness for practice
Location: Parallel Session 4
Parallel Session 4 
10:45am - 12:15pmWorkshops 12-13: Human rights education in social work – European perspectives; Integrity as a shared professional craft
Location: Parallel Session 5
Parallel Session 5 
12:15pm - 12:30pmCoffee Break
 
12:30pm - 2:00pmSymposium 7: History, Current Situation and Future Directions of PhD Studies in Social Work in the Nordic-Baltic Region
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Merike Sisask
Parallel Session 1 
12:30pm - 2:00pmSymposium 8: Transferring Innovative Teaching Approaches to Social Work Education: Preparing Social Work Students for practice with Computer Supported Scripts (CSS) and Standardized Client Simulation in Germany
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Birgit Dorner
Parallel Session 2 
12:30pm - 2:00pmWorkshops 14-15: Covid-19 pandemic from social work perspectives: practical approaches, case studies and novel techniques; Rethinking and reorganizing social work field placement in the Covid-19 era
Location: Parallel Session 3
Parallel Session 3 
12:30pm - 2:00pmWorkshops 16-17: Research for Empowerment; Philosophy as Method for Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 4
Parallel Session 4 
12:30pm - 2:00pmWorkshops 18-19: Teacher stay in front of your blackboard!? Embedding Community Based and Engaged Learning in curricular practice: inspiring examples and useful tools
Location: Parallel Session 5
Parallel Session 5 
2:00pm - 3:00pmLunch Break
 
3:00pm - 3:30pmEASSW Groups
 
3:30pm - 5:00pmSymposium 9: Reconceptualising the Refugee Experience for Social Work Research and Practice: A Cultural Psychology Perspective
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Mariann Martsin
Parallel Session 1 
3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshops 20-21: Participation, Involvement, and Activation in Online Learning; Useful methods for collaborative action research (training) with students and service users. Exploring inclusive analog an digital approaches
Location: Parallel Session 2
Parallel Session 2 
3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshops 22-23: Social Entrepreneurship; Innovation is key, but not when taking care of people
Location: Parallel Session 3
Parallel Session 3 
3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshops 24-25: The Natural World as a Healing Factor in Social Work Practice with Individuals and Groups; The Nine Genders
Location: Parallel Session 4
Parallel Session 4 
3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshops 26-27: Using Literature to Help Students Connect to the Lives of Service Users in the Context of an Interconnected World; Exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on your professional identity: an interactive workshop
Location: Parallel Session 5
Parallel Session 5 
5:00pm - 5:15pmCoffee Break
 
5:15pm - 6:15pmPaper Presentation Session 21: Social Work Training and Practice
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Andrea Nagy
Parallel Session 1 
5:15pm - 6:15pmPaper Presentation Session 22: Future and Sustainability of Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Helena Belchior-Rocha
Parallel Session 2 
5:15pm - 6:15pmWorkshop 28: The Child´s Right to Be Heard – Listening to Children’s Voices in Child Protection Practices
Location: Parallel Session 3
Dr. Asgeir Falch-Eriksen
Prof. Karmen Toros
The idea of the workshop is to have a discussion on how the child’s right to a freedom of expression works during what has been dubbed street-level practice in Child Protection Services (CPS). We aim to introduce an upcoming open access book (published in early spring 2021 on Routledge). The book will use the right of expression in administrative and judicial proceedings, which is a right granted a child through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Article 12, as a point of departure to explain what practices of the CPS must look like to uphold and enforce the rights of the child. The rights of a child that is subjected to detrimental care depends upon professional practitioners knowing how to enforce them. Research literature documents extensively and across countries how Art.12 is implemented either with a lack of hearing the voice of the child, or having a proforma/tokenistic approach to listening to the child throughout CPS-practices. This book will move one step further. Professional practices within CPS must be able to justify how Art.12 is enforced no matter where that practice is located in the course of any child protection case. Art.12 is comprehensive to CPS-practices as a child affected by any type of CPS-practice must be provided “the opportunity to be heard” in any administrative practice. As there is a lack of any detailed research-based knowledge on how to enforce Art.12 throughout CPS-practices, it is correspondingly hard to justify that the child has de facto rights. This book will be a step to remedy the lack of literature on professional rights-based practice pertaining to Art.12. The book will also seek to contribute to the ongoing research-agenda combining an interest in developing knowledge-based professionalism in social work pertaining to the rights of the child.
Parallel Session 3 
5:15pm - 6:15pmWorkshop 29: Listening to Professionals' Voices as to Develop Tools for Assessing and Determining the Best Interest of Children
Location: Parallel Session 4
Prof. Christos Panagiotopoulos
Dr. Anna Plevri
Dr. Ioanna Katsounari
Protecting vulnerable children is always a challenging and difficult task at the same time. Many of the challenges stem from the nature of the difficulties that children come across in their life and especially from the duration of time they have been exposed to. At the same time, we come across problems due to lack of working protocols amongst agencies, lack of common understanding on how we determine and assess children best interest. In particular, the last parameter occurs as agencies and consequently professionals do not work neither within a common framework nor they use tools as to determine and assess best interest of a child. Therefore, this study, commissioned by the Ombudsman of Children in Cyprus, explored through the focus-groups with all involved agencies (governmental and non-governmental) a) the understanding of the determination and assessment of a child by all involved agencies in Cyprus b) procedures that are currently in use in order to guarantee children’s best interest and finally c) suggested a methodology on how to develop tools for ensuring the best interest of the child. Results of the study indicated gaps in working together synergies, lack of common understanding amongst professionals on how to ensure children’s best interest and need for setting up a common framework. Therefore, in this workshop, experiences and good practices will be shared and discussed focusing in particular on children’s involvement on decision making and on the use of tools that define and assess children’s quality of life.
Parallel Session 4 
6:15pm - 6:30pmCoffee Break
 
6:30pm - 7:30pmClosing Session
 

 
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