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The Family Rights Group charity is hosting an international conference with key partners, including 1 Garden Court Family Chambers, bringing together families, key policy makers, academics and practitioners in children's social care, child care law, the youth justice and education fields. The conference, entitled 'Family-centred solutions - changing child welfare policy and practice on the ground', is taking place on the 17-18 September 2008 at The Holiday Inn, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England.
As well as hearing the experiences of service users and practitioners, delegates at the conference will examine the principles and values that under-pin family-centred approaches.
Delegates will be able to consider the national and international evidence on whether such approaches work in enabling more children to live safely within their families as well as exploring family-centred models, including family group conferences, mediation and advocacy within the context of the Public Law Outline.
Naomi Eisenstadt, Director of Social Exclusion Unit, UK
Professor Ravinder Barn, Royal Holloway, University of London
Marie Connelly, Chief Social Worker in the New Zealand Government
Andy Couldrick, Head of Service for Children and Families, Oxfordshire CC
Nick Crichton, District Judge, Inner London Family Proceedings Court
Mark Gurrey, Asst. Director, Children's Services, LB Barnet
Dr Jacqueline Gallinetti, Community Law Centre, University of Western Cape, South Africa
His Honour Judge Donald Hamilton, Designated Family Judge for Birmingham, England
Paul Nixon, Asst. Director, Children's Social Care, North Yorkshire CC
Mark Siebben, Asst Deputy Minister, Ministry of Children and Family Development, BC, Canada
The legal components on the conference will contribute to CPD points.