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About the Conference

Date and Venue
The PCWC is pleased to host the 7th Biennial Symposium, October 1, 2 and 3, 2014 at the TCU Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Symposium’s Theme
The symposium will be held under the theme: Celebrating Child Welfare Transformations: Interdisciplinary Practices, Field Education and Research. The Symposium will therefore feature research and promising practices in service delivery, program development and policy making to effectively support vulnerable children, families and communities. It will also highlight strengths based, prevention and early intervention approaches to support at-risk children and families.

Organization of the Conference
The symposium will take place over three days. The first day will feature a pre-conference/workshop activities. This will be followed by a research conference over the next two days.

  • The pre-conference workshops on October 1, 2014, will provide training opportunities for participants based on ongoing transformations, emerging research, cross‐disciplinary topics, and current child welfare best practices. 
  • The conference on October 2 and 3 will bring together participants to share, discuss and brainstorm child welfare best practices, transformations, as well as research and policy outputs. It will also feature interdisciplinary presentations, evaluations of transformations and the launching of a book based on proceedings from the previous symposium. 

Purpose
The purpose of the symposium is to bring together various child welfare stakeholders to discuss research findings, propose solutions and collaborate across jurisdictional and professional boundaries on child welfare issues. Special emphasis will be placed on ongoing and proposed transformation initiatives that are being pursued at the practice, academic and policy levels. It will also highlight the benefits of transformed field education, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative research to improved child welfare service delivery in Canada.

Objectives
The objectives of the conference will be to facilitating knowledge/innovation exchange; promote cross-sectorial collaboration; showcase best practices and create long term dissemination opportunities on transformations in child welfare and field education.

Audience
The event appeals to cross sectoral, multidisciplinary service providers, educators, government and agency staff, policy-makers and researchers concerned about child and family well-being.