Social Work with Children and Families Across Europe

The ordinary everyday and extraordinary exceptional experiences of children and families across the European nations is a rich and diverse social phenomenon. Coupled with these multifaceted experiences are the diverse social work policy and practice contexts in which vulnerable and disadvantaged families in Europe are located and from which social work interventions emanate. In outlining this scenario it is clear that there is significant opportunity, and indeed necessity, for high quality international research to be conducted in this field.

The Children and Families Special Interest Group will focus on and prioritise developing research understanding, proposals and practices that consolidate empowering and respectful research with vulnerable children and their families. Particular foci of the SIG will be:

Developing innovative and creative participatory approaches to research practice in this domain Expanding and deepening understanding of psychosocial research practices Identifying practice near research methods

The SIG will be convened by colleagues from Finland, Italy and the UK and will offer an inclusive and supportive forum for researchers to explore ideas, devise collaborative projects and collectively contribute to promoting the well being of children and families across Europe.

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Convenors: Silvia Fargion, University of Bolzano, Italy; Michelle Lefevre, University of Sussex, UK; Karen Winter, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Irelan; Gillian Ruch, University of Sussex, UK.