About IFCO 2016

“Pathways: A lifelong understanding of education, trauma, intervention and success” · 1-4 September 2016 · Sheffield · UK

A child in care can experience education, trauma, intervention and success in many forms, in many ways and through many relationships. They represent moments of intensity in life-paths which may impact the future. This year's conference theme "Pathways: A lifelong understanding of education, trauma, intervention and success" will focus on skills,training, milestones, qualifications, progress and also the individual and collective process that each person experiences through the journey of education, both formal,informal or non-formal. Trauma can also have huge or small effect. It can create lifelong anxiety or vulnerability or be a lesson for experience, growth and knowledge. We know that every step of the care process may involve education and/or trauma as well as it representing many intervention opportunities and hopefully successes.

The aim of the conference is, therefore, to create a platform for all stakeholders to share and understand their role and responsibilities in supporting children in care and care leavers.

Conference subthemes include but are not limited to:

  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Ethnicity, marginalisation, refugee children and asylum seekers
  • Formal and informal educational outcomes for children in care and care leavers
  • Education and training of foster parents and social workers
  • The role of policy makers, advocates, researchers and others
  • Understanding trauma and its effect
  • The role of formal and informal intervention with children and youth
  • Measuring success
  • Partnership, engagement and youth participation

The conference content will be a combination of interesting plenaries and interactive workshops, covering those diverse topics. We also envision a complimenting dynamic social programme and other networking opportunities.  

A unique aspect of IFCO is the equal platform provided to all stakeholders including foster parents, foster families, children in foster care, care leavers, birth families, social workers, professionals, academics, policy makers and all who are interested in quality alternative family-based care. 

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If you have any questions regarding the registration and conference fee, require a letter of invitation or have a problem with payment, please contact Conference Registration Desk by email at conference@ifco.info or by phone +44 (0) 782 513 2104 or +44 (0) 20 8144 7571.  

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