23rd February 2000

 

CHILD CARE ISSUES RAISED AT CONFERENCE

 

A university lecturer is heading off to London next month to attend a conference on the controversial issue of residential care for children.

 

David Crimmens is a senior lecturer in Social Work at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, which is co-ordinating the one-day event together with the National Children’s Bureau and the University of Luton.

 

The launch of the ‘Quality Protects’ initiative established a new policy and practice framework for the future of residential child care.

 

“This conference is particularly pertinent considering the outcome of the North Wales enquiry into abuse in residential homes,” said Mr Crimmens, who is co-author of ‘Positive Residential Practice’.

 

Debating a variety of issues, the conference, which is entitled ‘Looking Forward to the Future: Agendas for Change in Residential Child Care’, will look at how the momentum of new policy initiatives such as the training of care workers can be sustained.

 

The conference on 15th March will be chaired by National Children’s Bureau vice-president Barbara Kahan.

 

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