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3Voices Child Welfare Conference Series

3Voices in Child Welfare: The Sally Pearce Palmer Conference Series

Dr. Sally Palmer, Professor Emerita of the School of Social Work, at McMaster University, provided funding for a series of conferences organized by the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The goal of the conferences is to address emerging research and approaches in the field of child welfare,  particularly developments that give voice to the children, families and communities receiving child welfare services.

The intended audience includes faculty, students, social workers, allied professionals, service users and community groups involved in child welfare issues.  These goals and this funding have made the 3Voices in Child Welfare conferences possible.

The first conference in this series took place on February 22-23, 2018 at McMaster University.

The conference was well-attended by students, academics, service users and service providers and we would like to thank all who attended and presented at the conference. 

The 3Voices Conference Committee is currently reviewing feedback and beginning plans for the second conference which will take place in approximately 18 months!  Stay tuned for "Speaker's Corner" videos, photos from the day, presentations from keynote and concurrent sessions and more details on the next conference!

Local child welfare agencies partner with the McMaster University School of Social Work to advance education and practice in child welfare

McMaster University School of Social Work is proud to announce details of a child welfare specialization the McMaster BSW program that has been funded by partner child welfare agencies—the Preparing for Critical Practice in Child Welfare Pathway. Planning for the specialization began in 2014 and the pilot was launched in 2017. The specialization is currently in a pilot stage connected to a research project that seeks to determine whether the specialization better prepares students for the field of child welfare. If outcomes are positive, McMaster School of Social Work will seek ways to make the specialization a permanent optional specialization within its BSW program, and will share findings with other schools in the province and beyond.

We invite you to read the entire press release for full details on this exciting initiative! 

For even more information read the Daily News article: McMaster child welfare pilot could help avoid tragedies like Motherisk