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Call for Eileen Younghusband Memorial Lecture Award

30 October 2013

Call for papers deadline:
30 October 2013

In 1984, to commemorate Eileen Younghusband (UK) who was an IASSW President from 1961 to 1968, the biennial Eileen Younghusband Memorial Lectures was inaugurated. A current social work educator (not necessarily an IASSW member) is invited to speak at the IASSW Congress on a topic of relevance to international social work. Deadline 30th of October. More information here.

Dead-line for Katherine Kendall Award nomination

30 September 2013
Dead-line for Katherine Kendall Award nomination

International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) calls for nominations for the prestigious KATHERINE A. KENDALL MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished contribution to the development of social work education internationally. The nominee can come from any region of the world and may or may not be a member of IASSW. Nominations should be submitted to the chair of the Committee Susan Lawrence ( by 30th September 2013.Details regarding nomination, including guidance, criteria and timeline are available here.

About Katherine A. Kendall (Honorary President of IASSW, 1978-2010) you may read here.

Voices for Development World Conference

25 September 2013 - 27 September 2013
Voices for Development World Conference
Sandton, Johannesburg South Africa

The "Voices for Development" World Conference will be held in South Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 25th, 26th and 27th September 2013.
The overall purpose of the conference is to foster solidarity, to ensure that the views and voices of the people who are targeted by international policy, as well as the social workers working within those frameworks, are captured in the 2015- Post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda.
This worldwide event is jointly organised by the Africa Region of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and the National Association of Social Workers – South Africa (NASW (SA)).

Call for papers
The deadline date for abstract submissions is Friday, 24 May 2013. Notification of abstract acceptance or declination will be communicated via e-mail to prospective presenters by the 14 June 2013.Conference Theme

Sub-themes and Topics
When selecting a sub-theme and topic, it remains essential to consider the ultimate goals of the conference, namely to:
  • Influence the design of social policies.
  • Build new partnerships that strengthen the interface between policy and practice.
  • Strengthen the social work force required in the actualisation of the post 2015 MDG agenda.
  • Harvest good practices from MDGs and influence their inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goal's (SDG's) design.
  • Ensure that the social work profession aligns with other stakeholders' strategies to achieve transformation outcomes.
  • Suggest how the voices of targeted groups as well as social workers can be incorporated to influence the design of the SDGs.
  • Explore how social workers are contributing to the four pillars of the Global Agenda
The expiration of the MDGs in 2015 presents a unique opportunity to open debates on new global road maps towards development priorities and benchmarks which could ensure greater inclusion, sustainability, fulfillment and entrenchment of the broader principles of Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to service delivery. Furthermore, it provides the opportunity to open debates and explore developments regarding the Global Agenda on Social Work and Social Development. Social work experience suggests that, for the poor to escape from poverty, they must be actively involved in decisions that affect their future, thus advocating the promotion and protection of the rights of service users They need to be able to participate and contribute to best practice ideas and engage collaboratively with leaders for support with policy-making bodies, funding institutions, managers of resources and other systems. As the MDGs deadline nears, it is not merely whether or not the goals have been achieved, or whether leaders are to be held accountable, it is about understanding, remaining committed and bringing the voices of all, including those of the vulnerable groups, on board.
Furthermore, the conference will enable social work delegates from across the world to contribute to a global evaluation of the MDGs, taking into account their successes and shortfalls and also harvesting best practices, thus ensuring and creating a new understanding of socially sustainable development goals.
The following sub-themes have been identified as possible debates for presenters to present best practice models and research findings and how delegates can replicate and share it in different settings:

Sub-theme 1: Sustainable social development with vulnerable groups
Sub-theme 2: Social inclusion and social justice
Sub-theme 3: Policy for sustainable development
Sub-theme 4: Developmental Social Work in health care settings
Sub-theme 5: Sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation
Sub-theme 6: Community Development
Sub–theme 7: Sustainable infrastructures to render social welfare services
Sub-theme 8: Gender equalities, specifically women development
Sub-theme 9: School-based Social Work: achieving universal primary education
Sub-theme 10: Environmental Sustainability and Green Social Work
Sub-theme 11: Social and economic inequalities'
Sub-theme 12: Ensuring the dignity and worth of a person
Sub-theme 13: Promoting Sustainable communities and environmentally sensitive development
Sub-theme 14: Promoting wellbeing through sustainable human relationships
Sub-theme 15: Debating a new global definition of social work

13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Dublin, Ireland

15 September 2013 - 18 September 2013
Dublin, Ireland

Fáilte! [welcome] It is our great pleasure to invite you to Dublin for the 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin where we can assure you of both a full and exciting scientific programme and a venue that is rich in history, culture and heritage. Delegates will have opportunities to discuss the current state of research and interventions on CAN in Europe and internationally, discuss new challenges and emerging topics and help shape national and international responses.
The organising committee is made up of clinicians, practitioners and academics drawn from across the island of Ireland and Europe. Dublin last hosted an ISPCAN event (the 11th International Congress) in 1996 and we look forward to this return visit.

Our conference theme is "Protecting Children in a Changing World” and includes the following sub-themes:

Prevention of child abuse and neglect through early and sustained involvement
Interventions and programmes for children and families experiencing adversity
Addressing children’s rights and participation
Reforms in child protection and welfare policy
Children in out of home care
Building the evidence base
Contemporary issues

The official language of the conference will be English, but French and Spanish language abstracts are welcome and we plan to have French and Spanish speaking sessions at the conference – details are on the Abstract Submission pages.

"Social Work Teaching at the point of intersection between Research and Practice

28 August 2013 - 30 August 2013
Tammerfors, Finland
Organized by:
The Nordic Association of Schools of Social Work

The Nordic Association of Schools of Social Work - NOUSA - has announced the upcoming Nordic Conference in Tammerfors, Finland, in the days 28.-30. August 2013.
The conference title is "Social Work Teaching at the point of intersection between Research and Practice".
15.3.13: Dead line for abstracts
7.5.13: Acceptance of abstracts
15.5.13: Early bird registration

The local organizing committee welcomes suggestions for themes and streams and keynote speakers. Scandinavian languages and English will be conference languages. More information will be announced in November.

The11th annual TiSSA Plenum

26 August 2013 - 28 August 2013
The11th annual TiSSA Plenum
Tirana Albania
Organized by:
The international 'Social Work & Society' Academy (TiSSA)

During the TiSSA Plenum and PreConference of the PhD-Network plenary sessions, panel debates and working groups excite the exchange and discussion of current developments and challenges in the social professions. Field visits give the opportunity to meet colleagues from Romania and learn about their approaches and projects of social work. The social program makes it possible to get an idea of the conditions of daily life and to visit tourist attractions.

Global Health and Well-Being: The Social Work Response.

17 June 2013 - 19 June 2013
New York, USA

This conference will bring together colleagues from around the world to examine the challenges that contribute to global health and well-being, trauma, and social injustice and to identify innovative social work and multidisciplinary responses to them. By working together for three days to exchange ideas, to share the latest research based knowledge,and to showcase pioneering global solutions, we will create a new climate for interprofessional collaboration and the advancement of global social work.
This conference is designed as an international collaboration to foster interchange among colleagues from around the world. Through formal and informal interaction, this assembly of leading social work and public health researchers, economists, policy leaders, advocates, and organizational leaders will contribute to the development and sharing of new ideas and methodologies to improve global well-being, as well as advance global social work professional identity and education.
Visit the site to find out more about the event and register today.

International Scientific Conference for Helping Professions

25 April 2013 - 26 April 2013
Nitra Slovakia

I. Visegrad Meeting: „Social Services – Pillar of the European Society“
Nitra, Slovakia
25. – 26. April 2013
Deadline for abstract submitting is March 20
Contributions in requested form, registration, questions submit to e-mail:
Organizational guidance
Working languages: Slovak, English, Czech, Polish
Conference date: 25. – 26. 4. 2013
Location and venue Faculty of Social Sciences and Health
Kraskova 1, 949 01 Nitra, Slovakia

Themes in panel sections
- Dynamics of the European Social Model;
- Current situation and legal framework of the social services in the Visegrad group countries.
Themes of the conference
- Role of the employment within active social policy;
- Sustainable social development, research, education and practice – (theme for PhD students and scientific workers);
- Social services modernization as current request for citizens’ labour and social integration.

ENSACT Biennial European Social Work Conference

16 April 2013 - 19 April 2013
Istanbul, Turkey

Social Action in Europe: Towards Inclusive Policies and Practice
Sub Themes:
• Inclusive Policies (and Practice) for Different Groups
• Ethics and Dilemmas in Social Action
• Migration and Discrimination
• Elderly People
• Disability and Inclusion
• Social Professional Work in (Mental) Health Care and Well - being.
• Sustainable Development and Social Action

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AIEJI's World Congress

02 April 2013 - 05 April 2013

Do not miss this unique opportunity to meet and re-unite with colleagues from all over the world. So go ahead and save the date. AIEJI's World Congress takes place 2nd - 5th April 2013 in Luxembourg. The main theme is "Social inclusion and integration".

To stay updated on programme, keynote speakers, call for papers and practical information please view the congress website