DARE 2021

The sixth DARE symposium will be online due to government pandemic restrictions. It builds on the fifth symposium in July 2018 which brought together over 150 delegates from 20 countries including senior practitioners, managers, policy makers, researchers, regulators and social workers in education and training.

Dear colleagues, it has now become apparent that travel restrictions imposed due to the pandemic will continue into 2021. We had hoped to run our next DARE conference (due in 2020) in person in June 2021, but that is not possible. The arrangements made for the DARE 2020 conference have now been postponed to Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 June 2022.

For 2021, we are running a free online DARE conference with a more limited programme. DARE SIX will be online the mornings of Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 June 2021. Further details will be added to this website as available.

Abstracts accepted for the planned 2020 conference will be regarded as accepted for the DARE SEVEN conference in 2022. If you have already paid the registration fee, we will regard that as the fee for the 2022 conference on the revised dates unless we hear from you and unless the hotel costs change markedly. If you require re-imbursement, please contact Mrs Sharon Lucas, our administrator ( dare@ulster.ac.uk). We look forward to seeing you in summer 2022 if not before!

Day One -  Professional Judgement & Decision Making

Monday 28 June 2021

Programme coming soon

Day Two -  Assessment & Using Knowledge

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Programme coming soon

Day Three -  Assessment & Using Knowledge

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Programme coming soon

How to Register

Registration information coming soon.

Previous Conferences

DARE 2018

The fifth DARE symposium in July 2018 brought together about 160 delegates from 22 countries (across four continents), including senior practitioners, managers, policy makers, researchers, regulators and social workers in education and training.

Plenary Speakers

  • Professor Haluk Soydan, Research Professor of Social Work, University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, USA
  • Professor Rami Benbenishty, Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Israel,
  • Professor Brian Littlechild, Research Lead, Department of Nursing & Social Work, University of Hertfordshire

DARE 2016

The fourth DARE symposium in July 2016 brought together about 130 delegates from 12 countries including social workers in practice, management, policy, regulation, and education and training.

Plenary Speakers

  • Mandeep K. Dhami, PhD, Professor of Decision Psychology at Middlesex University, London.
  • John D. Fluke, PhD, Associate Director of System Research and Evaluation at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
  • Gerd Gigerenzer, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy in Berlin.

DARE 2014

The third DARE symposium in July 2014 brought together about 120 delegates from 10 countries including social workers in practice, management, policy, regulation, and education and training.

Plenary Speakers

  • Professor Eileen Gambrill, Hutto Patterson Professor of Child and Family Studies, University of California at Berkeley, USA, internationally recognized for her work on critical thinking, decision making and related ethical issues, and evidence based practice.
  • Dr Martin Webber, Reader in Social Work, University of York, UK, well-known for his passion for rigorous research in mental health social work, including application of evidence to practice decisions and professional knowledge-creation process.
  • Mr David Carson, Visitor, School of Law, University of Southampton, UK, an international speaker on the interface between law and risk in human services including the management of risk and professional decisions in organizations.

DARE 2012

The second DARE symposium in July 2012 brought together about 100 delegates from nine countries including social workers in practice, management, policy, regulation, and education and training.

Plenary Speakers

  • Professor Hazel Kemshall, De Montfort University Leicester who has published widely on risk assessment and management with adult client groups including criminal justice.
  • Professor Aron Shlonsky, University of Toronto who has published widely on risk assessment and predicting harm in child welfare, and on evidence based practice in social work.

Dare 2010

The first DARE symposium in July 2010 brought together about 70 delegates including social workers in practice, management, policy, regulation, and education and training.

Plenary Speakers

  • Professor Jill Manthorpe, Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London, who has undertaken research and published widely on adult safeguarding and risk in social care.
  • Mr Martin Calder, MA, CQSW, private consultant of Calder Training & Consultancy Ltd, who has undertaken developmental work with organisations and published widely on risk and assessment in child protection.