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Knowledge and evidence Events (KEE)

The Association of Professors of Social Work (APSW) is delighted to announce a series of Children’s Social Work and Social Care Knowledge and Evidence Events. These hour long, online briefing events are open to everyone and specifically designed to inform the Children’s Social Work and Social Care sector about the current knowledge of the field, as well as independently contribute to the evidence informing the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Review. After each event, knowledge briefings, developed in collaboration with Research in Practice, will be made available.

Each of the four events are focused on key messages delivered by leading researchers in the fields of Children’s Social Work and Social Care. At each event there will be the opportunity for those attending to contribute by posting their comments and responses via the chat function.

All 4 KEEs will be recorded and the recordings will be accessible on the APSW website.

KEE 1: Alternative Child Care Social Work Service Delivery Models

Date: Thursday 18 May 2021 – 16:00-17:00
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Focus: Major studies and reviews of children’s social care, social work and child protection.
Facilitator: Professor Ray Jones and Professor Louise Brown


Marian Brandon, emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, who will be drawing out the lessons from her overview reports on serious case reviews.

Eileen Munro, emeritus Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics. It is the tenth anniversary of the Munro review and report on child protection. Eileen will be focussing on key messages from the review and from international comparisons on arrangements for children’s social care and social work.

Nicky Stanley, Professor of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, who will reflect on the major study she led on independent social work practices within services for children and families.

KEE 2: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Children’s Social Care and Social Work

Date: Monday 24 May 2021 – 12:00-13:00
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Focus: Issues relating to inequalities in child care social work and social care associated with race, poverty and identity.

Facilitator: Professor Gillian Ruch and Dr Tam Cane

Presenters: Professor Claudia Bernard, Professor Rick Hood, Professor Anna Gupta, Professor Brid Featherstone

KEE 3: Everyday Social Work with Children and Families

Date: Tuesday June 8th 16:00-17:00pm
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Focus: Assessment and decision making, challenges and opportunities in everyday professional social work practice and direct work with children.

Facilitator: Professor Jonathan Dickens and Dr Laura Cook

Presenters: Professor Danielle Turney, Professor Harry Ferguson, Professor Gillian Ruch

KEE 4: Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Date: Wednesday 16 June – 16:00-17:30
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Focus: Reunification and kinship care, long-term foster care and adoption, care leavers and residential care

Facilitator: Professor Janet Boddy and Professor June Thoburn

Presenters: Professor David Berridge, Professor Elaine Farmer, Professor Gillian Schofield and Professor Mike Stein.

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