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Fri 25 Jun

Parental Participation: Keeping Connected

Registration from 1.45pm, Event 2.00 - 4.00pm


€5 IASW members/€25 non-members

The Child and Family Special Interest Group will hold a webinar for all interested practitioners on the 25th of June from 2-4pm.

The topic is "Parental Participation". As social workers with children and families, we work closely with parents but when children are received into care, or move away from their family home, the relationship between social workers and parents changes. Some parents say they feel left out of decisions, or don't know how to talk to social workers. 

How can we support parents of children in care? How do we maintain positive relationships for children and parents who no longer live together and who may feel loss, anger and confusion?

The Covid-19 lockdowns have shown us how important parent and child relationships are, especially for parents and children who do not live together. The webinar will look at the lessons we learned during lockdowns, the tools used to maintain contact with parents and how we can use our knowledge beyond the crisis period.

This half day event aims to explore the lived experience of parents as part of child protection work, and how we as social workers can learn with and from parent's experiences. 

To help us with that task we have Rebekah Brennan from the Vountary Care in Ireland Study (2018 - 2021), Jacinta Swann from Clarecare and Prof Anna Gupta, Department of Social Work, Royal Holloway, University of London

We hope you can join us. 

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