Saturday, March 12, 2011

Eurochild's 8th Annual Conference 2011 - Call for Speakers‏

Tackling child poverty through supporting and strengthening families
Call for Speakers

Conference date: 30th November – 2nd December 2011
Location: Cardiff, Wales
Co-host: Children in Wales
Deadline for nomination of speakers: 22nd March 2011

Eurochild – a European network of organisations promoting the rights and welfare of children in Europe – takes the opportunity of its 8th annual conference to look at how family support impacts on children's well-being and outcomes. We will focus on supporting the most vulnerable families and children from an empowerment perspective. The UN CRC principles will underpin this conference, which is co-hosted by Children in Wales, a founder member of Eurochild.

Child poverty prevents children and young people from achieving their full potential and autonomy, and affects their health, their personal development, their education and their general well-being. Child poverty is often passed from one generation to the next, at huge cost to society due to lost social and human capital. Eurochild believes that supporting and strengthening families most in need is crucial for tackling child poverty and breaking the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage.

This conference has five overarching objectives:

Share 'inspiring practice' from across the UK and Europe in integrated family support services.
Gain knowledge & understanding on how family support impacts on children’s well-being and outcomes and is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Ensure the voices of children and parents who have benefitted from support services are heard and listened to.
Strengthen collaboration and exchange among policy makers, practitioners and researchers in children’s rights and well-being across Europe.
Provide inputs to EU policy debates on fighting child poverty, promoting children’s rights and well-being, and on supporting and strengthening families.
Call for nominations of plenary speakers, workshop presenters of good practice & workshop leaders
Eurochild is issuing a call for speakers for the conference.

We are looking for:

(Charismatic) Key note speakers who can give inspiration on working with the most disadvantaged families and children from a ‘real-life’ practice experience;
Technical plenary speakers with particular academic expertise and insights into family and parenting support in the context of alleviating child poverty;
Workshop speakers who will present and analyse good practice examples, e.g. on helping families whose children are at risk of being into care, supporting parents during the pre- and post- natal periods, working with parents of teenagers including those absent or excluded from school, NEETs (not in education, employment or training), etc...
Workshop leaders who should ensure that the presentations are consistent with the workshop objectives, can provide some introductory comments and can steer the discussions to end with useful conclusions and enable maximum involvement of participants (some preparatory work is expected).
Speakers must have a good background in family & parenting support and child poverty issues.

For further questions get in touch with Agata D'Addato.

Avenue des Arts 1-2
B-1210 Brussels
T: +32 (0)2 511 70 83
F: +32 (0)2 511 72 98

Eurochild is supported financially by the European Commission, by the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (2007-2013) PROGRESS. This programme was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area, as set out in the Social Agenda, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy goals in these fields.

The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.

To that effect, PROGRESS purports at: 1) providing analysis and policy advice on employment, social solidarity and gender equality policy areas; 2) monitoring and reporting on the implementation of EU legislation and policies in employment, social solidarity and gender equality policy areas; 3) promoting policy transfer, learning and support among Member States on EU objectives and priorities; and 4) Relaying the views of the stakeholders and society at large.

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