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FULLY BOOKED 'Cherishing All the Children of the Nation Equally'? 100 Years and Beyond

  • UCC
  • 23 Oct 2015

The national child protection and welfare social work conference has taken place on a biennial basis at University College Cork since 2007. The aim of this conference series is to provide a space for practitioners in the area of child protection and welfare to hear about and debate new developments in the areas of research, policy and practice, and to network with colleagues. The conference will be of interest to social workers, policy makers, researchers, legal professionals, social care workers, students and anyone with an interest in the field of child protection and welfare. This conference is a not-for-profit event and is a partnership between the Social Work Development Unit (UCC), staff from child protection and welfare teams in the Child and Family Agency and the IASW Southern Branch.

The keynote videos from this conference are now available to view, for free, on this link:  These videos may be a useful resource for students, researchers, policy makers, practitioners and academics. If appropriate, please publicise this resource through your colleagues and networks. If tweeting about the videos, please mention @swconfucc and add this hashtag #SWCONFUCC to your tweets. Videos of keynote speakers from 2011 and 2013 are also available to watch on the link.

Some additional resources (2015 presentation slides and 2015 signed proclamation for children) are also available on this link: .

This conference series is a not-for-profit event organised by the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, the Irish Association of Social Workers (Southern Branch) and child protection and welfare social work teams (Cork), Tusla, Child and Family Agency.



'Cherishing All the Children of the Nation Equally'? 100 Years and Beyond. The conference will explore the extent to which the Irish State has lived up to the 1916 proclamation with regards to children.

The theme for the 5th Biennial conference is drawn from the 1916 proclamation. The title of the conference is: 'Cherishing All the Children of the Nation Equally'*? 100 Years and Beyond. The conference will how, and to what extent, the Irish State has lived up to this aspect of the proclamation.  Click here for a list of confirmed speakers.

* The phrase ‘cherishing all the children of the nation equally’ has gained a particular resonance over the course of the previous century. Whilst originally drafted within the 1916 Proclamation to encompass all the citizens of the nascent republic regardless of age, the phrase is now more popularly imagined as relating to those under the age of majority and upon whom much has been promised but less perhaps has been delivered. This conference, whilst wishing to acknowledge the original intentions behind this oft quoted expression, seeks to reimagine it in the context of the status of children in the Republic of Ireland on this the penultimate year of the centenary of its declaration.

We invite practitioners, academics, managers, service users, local community groups and social commentators to submit papers or workshop presentations on this theme for the conference. We especially welcome papers from practitioners which reflect issues arising in everyday practice.