Saturday, June 26, 2010


The IV International Forum of Social Workers of Siberia and the Far East
"The family in the 21st century Hope for the Future"

Dear Colleagues,

The Russian Union of Social Workers and Social Pedagogues is glad to inform experts in the social sphere about the Fourth International Forum of Social Workers of Siberia and the Far East: “The family in the 21st century. Hope for the Future”. The Forum will take place on 18 – 19 August 2010. It will be organized in Irkutsk, the capital of East Siberia, in the beautiful area of Lake Baikal.

The Forum is devoted to the problems of families nowadays. The aim is to elaborate efficient social policies in order to cope with these problems. The Forum is supported by Dmitry Mezentsev, the Governor of Irkutsk Oblast, Member of the Board of the Business Council based on the Shanghai Business Network, and Member of the Russian Presidential Committee of Information Development.

The Forum takes place as part of the Baikal Economic Forum. The Forum is also part of the National Information Campaign against violence towards children. This Campaign is being carried out in 2010.

Participants of the Forum will discuss problems connected with the creation and empowerment of the family, the prevention of social orphans, social support of children and families, including complex protection of their rights, the creation of foster families for orphans and children who are not protected by parents, and the prevention of violence towards children. Participants will analyze progressive experience and innovations that have been used in some European, Asian and Asia-Pacific Regions of Russia.

Leading experts in family policy will make their presentations, including both Russian and foreign specialists. Among the participants there are also members of the Russian Public Chamber, representatives from the Foundation Supporting Children at Risk, and representatives from various ministries and agencies. Members of Russian political party “The Unity of Russia” will present their project “Strong family”. The Forum includes a number of workshops devoted to various problems and innovations in social work. Practical master classes for specialists are also planned.

A lot of interesting materials are being prepared for the participants. You will be given unique literature about social work with families, improvement of existing social services supporting families, mothers and children, preventive services for families at risk. You will also be acquainted with innovative experiences of social work with families.

The Forums for social workers has already become a tradition. In the past four years it has been organized in Tuva Republic, Khanty-Mansiysk District -Yugra, Novosibirsk Oblast, and Altai Republic. Specialists from remote districts of Russia receive a unique opportunity to communicate with the colleagues, to share professional experience and to study innovative forms of work.

The Forum 2009 was attended by David Jones, President of IFSW, Benny Andersen, President of World association of social pedagogues and Jean-Marie Heydt, President of INGO Conference of the Council of Europe, and representatives of social services from UK, Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan.

We hope that Baikal Forum will also attract a lot of interest from the international community.

For any further information, please contact the Russian Union of Social Workers and Social Pedagogues:

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