Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Webinar:

The Role of Local Government Staff in Coordinating and Overseeing Social Services

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
8:30am – 10:00am, Washington DC
2:30pm Harare, 3:30pm Kampala

This webinar will explore the role of government workers, particularly those at the district or sub-national levels, who play a key role in supporting community systems to enhance the delivery of quality services and support to vulnerable children and families. Speakers will address the way in which the social service system as a whole can be strengthened by reinforcing the technical and leadership skills of local government staff to coordinate, lead, monitor and evaluate services and support in their region.

Experiences from the Bantwana Initiative in Zimbabwe and the SUNRISE-OVC Project in Uganda will be used to illustrate the key involvement of government staff in these countries. Speakers will also address the results and impact of having strong staff at the sub-national level. They will discuss inputs that have led to increased coordination with community structures, better workforce planning and skills development, strengthened referral systems and case management systems, stronger monitoring and evaluation systems, improved annual planning and budgeting for social services, and ultimately, stronger services for children and families.  During the webinar, participants will also have the opportunity to discuss the implications of this type of work in their countries.

Please use this link to access the webinar any time after 8:15am EDT on July 30:

5th Annual ISS-USA Conference: Cooperation, Communication and Compassion: Developing Child-Centered Practice in Law, Social Work and Policy for Cross-Border Families

The USA branch of International Social Service is hosting its 5th annual conference on Developing Child-Centered Practice in Law, Social Work, and Policy for Cross-Border Families on Thursday October 2, 2014 from 8:30am to 5:30pm.

It is estimated that a record number of unaccompanied children will enter the United States this year without appropriate documentation or the protection of a caring adult. These children have endured hardship during their travels, and faced untold threats to their safety and well-being in their country of origin. It is imperative that domestic child welfare and child protection systems are prepared to care for these children, and are provided with guidance and resources to make decisions in the child's best interest.  This panel will explore best practices in permanency planning by social workers, lawyers, judges, federal agencies and local jurisdictions in these complex cases.

The conference will be held at the following address: 

SMC Campus Center
University of Maryland, Baltimore
621 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact Jodianna Ringel at 443-451-1227 or for more information.

Early bird registration ends on 31 July, 2014. To visit the event website for more information and registration, please click here 

The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) Online Course on the Sexual Exploitation of Children

2 July - 12 August 2014 

This six-week long certificate course is aimed at professionals working with the United Nations and its specialized agencies, government officials, NGO staff, development workers, human rights advocates, academics and students. Courses can also be audited or taken for 2 Masters level academic credits recognized by UPEACE. Applications are limited to 25 participants.

For more information on the course and how to register, please use the following link: 

Call for promising practices on HIV and child protection linkages

The IATT CABA has commissioned a piece of work that seeks to identify approaches, interventions and tools that have effectively supported linkages between the child protection and HIV sectors, with a focus on three countries – Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe – but featuring examples of promising practices or approaches from elsewhere. The study builds on the findings and recommendations from a 2013 IATT study on the current evidence around and need for HIV and CP linkages – Building protection and resilience: synergies for child protection systems and children affected by HIV and AIDS. If you have reports or case studies of initiatives that are demonstrating positive results, are either starting to be implemented at scale or are integrated into national plans or could be, we would be grateful for any documentation or contacts.

Please share these with Siân Long ( and Kelley Bunkers ( by 15 August 2014


Call for Papers! 

The Journal “Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond” (ICEB) wants “(t)o make available a platform for consistent sharing of information, knowledge enhancement and the development of a dialogue and debate amongst professionals, policy makers, and volunteers working for institutionalised children, about best practices, research findings and studies, legislation, jurisprudence and case law, in relation to such children’s mental health, social development, care and upbringing in alternative modes of institutional care in SAARC countries.”

The first issue of the Journal has been published and now, ICEB is inviting abstracts for the next and second issue, which will come out in September 2014

Submit your Abstract: 
The ICEB Editorial Board invites submission of abstracts (500 words or less) on topics relating to research and exploration of work with institutionalised children. Abstracts must be original, without any prior publication and must be submitted in English. It must be received in time for the editorial board to take a decision and invite the final manuscript by end July 2014 for inclusion in the second edition of the journal. The abstracts will be subjected to a non-per-review process. The Editorial Board takes the final decision on publications and reserves the rights to invite for the manuscripts and edit the final manuscript.

Editors and advisors:
The ICEB Journal is seeking energetic, qualified and high profile researchers to join its editorial and advisory team. Kindly send your resume to the Editorial Board members listed below.
For further information please contact:
Dr. Monisha Akhtar, Editor-in-Chief, ICEB Journal
E-mail: or,

Dr. Kiran Modi, International Liaison Editor, ICEB Journal
E-mail: or,  

The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014)

Melbourne, Australia, 20-25th July 2014. 

The theme is Stepping up the Pace. Online registration has opened and the conference organisers have issued a call for abstracts for original contribution to the field in the following scientific tracks:

For more information about the conference and to register, please visit: 

Ending the Institutionalisation of Children: A free training programme to support the reform of care services for children

London, UK 5-8 August 2014 

Lumos is offering a four-day training course designed specifically to guide policy-makers and senior level managers and practitioners through the process of deinstitutionalisation (DI) and to help identify what needs to be done, at what stage and by whom. It helps explore the risks and the challenges of this process but also offers practical solutions that have been developed by peers and DI experts with decades of experience in deinstitutionalisation programmes. The week-long training is free to attend for relevant policy makers and senior level practitioners but delegates must pay their travel and accommodation costs. 

The training is conducted in English but translators can be made available, or accommodated for simultaneous translation. Instruction is delivered through a mixture of tutor-led presentations, group discussions, break-out groups and workshops, and the course is led by Lumos Chief Executive Officer Georgette Mulheir. 

The training will be held at the Leonard Cheshire Centre at University College London, UK, 5-8 August 2014 

For further information or to book a place on this course, please contact James Chamberlain at or call +44 (0)207 253 6464

For more information, please click here

Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation

19-20 August 2014
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya 

The Better Care Network (BCN) Eastern and Southern Africa Regional initiative is planning a regional consultation with organizations and networks involved in strengthening care systems in Eastern and Southern Africa. The aim is to identify regional priorities in terms of information exchange, technical and peer support, research and advocacy on family strengthening and alternative care.

The BCN Regional Initiative will circulate further information and hopes you will be able to participate. 

For further information and confirmation of your organization’s attendance, please contact: Valens Nkurikiyinka,

 The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO)  2014 European+ Conference 

Waterford City, Ireland, 26-29 August 2014.

On 17 March 2014 registration for IFCO 2014 European Conference has been re-opened. Waterford City in Ireland has become an alternative location for the conference, following cancellation of the event in Kyiv, Ukraine - previously announced as IFCO 2014 hosts - due to current political and social crisis there. 

The theme of “Ensuring the Rights of the Child, and Family-based Services” chosen for the IFCO 2014 European Conference invites workshop ideas, plenary topics and attendees who envision foster care, and indeed, all alternative care as the holistic system that IFCO promotes. 

This will therefore include: 

For further information and to register, please visit:

Child Safeguarding Conference, Cape Town, South Africa,
 3 - 5 September 2014

All organisations have a responsibility to ensure that their work, staff and operations do not put children at risk of harm. Children are put at risk of sexual, emotional or physical abuse from the staff and associates of organisations, from projects and programmes, and other business operations e.g. the use of children in communications. Over the last ten years child safeguarding measures have been implemented in many parts of Africa through support provided by donors, International and National NGOs, UNICEF and national governments but challenges still remain.

This conference is being organised by leaders in the field: Keeping Children Safe, Plan International, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, UNICEF Nigeria, USAID and War Child. Participation is sought from across Africa and from international experts.

For further information about the conference and how to get involved, please visit: or contact Maryam Eshani: 

Symposium on Children’s Care
Wednesday September 24th 2014, New York City

On Wednesday, September 24, the Better Care Network and the CPC Learning Network will co-host a one-day symposium entitled “The State of the Evidence on Children’s Care.” This symposium will bring together a number of leading academics, policymakers, and practitioners involved in the development or implementation of key initiatives to better measure issues of children’s care at country, regional, or international levels. 

The symposium topics will be clustered around three specific areas of research on children’s care:

Watch this space for details about the event location and registration process! 

ICSWESD 2015: International Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development – Call for Submissions

This conference - held October 11-12, 2015 in Osaka, Japan - aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Social Work, Education and Social Development. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Social Work, Education and Social Development.

ICSWESD encourages participants to contribute to and help shape the conference through paper submissions.

For the technical research track, ICSWESD invites high quality submissions of papers describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Social Work, Education and Social Development. ICSWESD 2015 has teamed up with the Special Journal Issue on Advances in Social Work, Education and Social Development. A number of selected high-impact full text papers will also be considered for the special journal issues. The final decision for paper selection will be made based on peer review reports by the Guest Editors and the Editor-in-Chief jointly. Selected full text papers will be online published as free of charge.

The Conference also offers the opportunity to become a sponsor or exhibitor. Please download and fill in the Conference Sponsorship Request Form

For more information, please visit:

International Conference 25 Years CRC 
17-19 November 2014 

Leiden Law School, Leiden University, The Netherlands

In November 2014 a two-day international conference on children’s rights will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, to herald the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The conference aims to bring together children’s rights academics, professionals and students from the four corners of the globe, for a two-day programme full of discussion and reflection on the past and future impact of the CRC on topical issues of the children's rights agenda. The first day of the conference focuses on the implications that the CRC has had since its adoption, and the second day provides a platform for reflection about the future of the children’s rights project seen from a meta level.

This conference is part of a whole week of festivities from Monday 17 November until Thursday 20 November 2014 organized by Leiden University, the City of Leiden, UNICEF The Netherlands and the Dutch NGO Coalition on Children’s Rights. This programme also includes the Leiden Children’s Rights Summit on Universal Children’s Day, 20 November 2014, the Leiden Freedom Lecture and an international moot court.

For more information about the conference and to register, please visit:

Eurochild 11th Annual Conference -  'Children First: Better Public Spending for Better Outcomes for Children and Families' 
Bucharest, 26-28 November 2014

This event will address important questions around ‘why’ and ‘how’ to invest public resources in children and families, in particular the most vulnerable. The conference will reflect on implementation of the 2013 European Commission Recommendation ‘Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage’ and the broader Social Investment Package. It will look at how EU structural and investment funds can be better deployed in the next programming period to stimulate reforms and develop innovative practice.

The event is set within the overall context of States obligations to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which celebrates 25 years in 2014. The UNCRC Committee has agreed to develop a General Comment on the specific issue of ‘best use of resources’, to which this conference can provide valuable input.

The conference is organised in such a way as to provide rich content input as well as space to debate, share knowledge and network. It will include 3-4 keynote speakers, three key themes of social return on investment, evaluation methodologies, and public-private partnerships, poster sessions, study visits, a “children’s corner,” workshop sessions, and a panel debate. 

Participants in this event include: government representatives, regional and local authorities, service providers, child rights activists, network organisations, children’s ombudspersons, academics and research institutes; philanthropic organisations; business and corporates, and inter-governmental organisations.

For more information, please click here