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13th international EUSARF Conference in Copenhagen in September 2014 to be hosted by SFI


Under the heading “Making a Difference”, the 13th EUSARF Conference will be an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest research and findings that can help make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families.

SFI will host the 13th biannual European Scientific Association for Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents Conference (EUSARF) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Danish Minister of Social Affairs, Children and Integration will open the conference with a reception at “Borgen” (Christiansborg, housing the Danish Parliament) on 2 September, and the scientific programme will run from 3-5 September 2014. The first day of the scientific programme will be attended by the Danish Minister of Education, who will make the opening address.

The EUSARF Conference is the largest international conference on vulnerable children and adolescents in Europe. A total of 300-400 researchers, practitioners, local and central-administration bureaucrats and officials, as well as local decision-makers will gather in a setting where the latest developments and findings in the field of vulnerable children can be exchanged and discussed.

The headline for this year’s conference is “Making a Difference”, which will encourage participants to discuss how new findings, outcomes, and experiences from working with vulnerable children can be translated into best practices that can make a difference for these children and their families. Four keynote speakers will present their latest research at the conference and inspire discussions with new insights from their respective areas of expertise, and views from different parts of the world. The keynote speakers are Professor Richard Barth (University of Maryland), Professor Ian Sinclair (University of York), Professor Bo Vinnerljung (University of Stockholm), and Senior Research Fellow Fred Wulczyn (Chapin Hall, University of Chicago). Throughout the conference there will also be numerous exciting paper sessions, symposia, and poster sessions at which researchers and practitioners can join in fruitful debates on current issues concerning vulnerable children today.

The themes will be wide-ranging: family care and leaving care, implementation and effect evaluation, evidence-based programmes (such as MST, PMTO, MTFC, MultifunC, PMT, HIPPY, Incredible Years, PPT), treatment in residential care, interventions targeting young children, education and school performance, and measurement of children’s and young people’s well-being and welfare.

Furthermore, the conference will have a Scandinavian Track in which practitioners and researchers from the Nordic countries can exchange knowledge on vulnerable children. The language for this part of the conference will be Danish, Swedish or Norwegian, while the language of the main conference will be English.

Participants are invited to present papers at the conference. Abstracts can be uploaded from January until 15 March 2014, and registration begins in May 2014.

If you wish to read more about the conference you can visit our website, where all new information will be published as soon as it is confirmed: www.eusarf2014.org.

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