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Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work

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5th Biennial International Symposium

Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick, Northern Ireland

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DARE 2018

  • DARE 2018

    This fifth DARE symposium builds on the fourth symposium in July 2016 which brought together over 120 delegates from 12 countries including senior practitioners, managers, policy makers, researchers, regulators and social workers in education and training.

    Conference Programme

    Day 1

    Day 2

    Decision making

    Decision making is of crucial importance to the social work profession.

    Lives and liberty depend on decisions undertaken in crises and high risk situations.

    Daily we support clients in more mundane, everyday, risk-taking decision making.

    Professional judgments and recommendations have to be based explicitly on evidence and sound reasoning, utilising robust assessment tools and collaborative (and sometimes contested) decision making processes.

    There are challenges in creating, synthesising and using best evidence to inform social work policy and practice.

    Topics

    This biennial DARE conference series brings together researchers, educators, policy makers and senior practitioners to share developments on these related topics of:

    • Professional judgement including reflective practice; cognitive judgement models; heuristics and rationality; use of knowledge; judgements in uncertainty; bias; regret.
    • Decision processes with clients, families, other professionals, systems and organisations; social work roles in court decisions; collaborative and contested decisions.
    • Assessment tools and processes, including screening, analysis and problem solving; assessing needs, strengths and risks; statistical and intuitive approaches to predicting harm; mitigating and moderating factors.
    • Assessing and managing risk, including conceptualisation, communication and legal aspects; organisational processes; positive risk taking; social care governance.
    • Evidence creation, synthesis and dissemination; the use of knowledge to inform policy, practice, teaching, management and regulation in social work.
    • Ethical, emotional and contextual aspects of decision making, assessment, risk and evidence, including relationship to professional, personal and societal values.

    Aims

    The conference series aims to:

    • promote research, organisation development and teaching initiatives
    • to improve professional knowledge and skills for the ultimate benefit of clients, families and society

    DARE is supported by the Institute for Research in Social Science at Ulster University.

    Conference progamme

    Please note that this Programme is draft and subject to change.

    Day 1: Monday 2 July 2018

    TimeEvent
    9am Registration and refreshments
    9.40am Welcome
    Mary McColgan OBE, Emerita Professor of Social Work, Ulster University
    9.50am Overview of the conference and its themes
    Brian Taylor, Professor of Social Work, Ulster University 
    10am Plenary: Professor Haluk Soydan, Research Professor of Social Work, University of Southern California School of Social Work, USA
    Client-centred High Quality Evidence: What Next?
    11am Coffee break & look at posters and stalls
    11.30am

    Session 1 overview

    Session 1 abstracts

    12.45pmLight lunch & look at posters and stalls
    1.45pmPlenary: Professor Rami Benbenishty, Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Israel
    Child Welfare Judgments and Decision Processes in Context
    2.45pmTea break & look at posters and stalls
    3.15pm

    Session 2 overview

    Session 2 abstracts

    4.45pmComfort break. Get your own drinks from the bar!
    5.15.pm - 6.30pm

    Session 3 overview

    7pmMusical entertainment with Helen Killick
    7.30pmConference dinner

    Day 2: Tuesday 3 July 2018

    TimeEvent
    9.45am

    Session 4 overview

    Session 4 abstracts

    11amCoffee break & look at posters and stalls
    11.30amPlenary: Professor Brian Littlechild, Research Lead, Department of Nursing & Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, England; & Vice President, European Research Institute for Social Work, University of Ostrava​, Czech Republic
    Assessing and Responding to Risks in Social Work: Evidence-based Guidelines for Ethical Social Work Practice 
    12.30pmLight lunch & look at posters and stalls
    1.30pm

    Session 5 overview

    Session 5 abstracts

    2.45pmTea break
    3.15pm

    Session 6 overview

    4pmPlenary
    Brief feedback from discussion groups and close
    4.15pmClosing comments
    Anne McGlade, Social Care Research Lead, Health & Social Care Board
    4.30pmFinish
  • Plenary speakers

    Professor Haluk Soydan

    Research Professor of Social Work, University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, USA, who has undertaken extensive work on the implementation of best evidence at national level as well as by individual professionals.

    More information about the talk by this speaker

    Two Decades of Evidence-based Practice: And What is Next?

    This presentation will summarize the state of the evidence-based practice, and elaborate on its merits and value in human services professions and in social and behavioral research. It will discuss trends in the fields of artificial intelligence and big data, and how these new developments may interact with evidence-based practice.

    Professor Rami Benbenishty

    Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Israel, who is recognised internationally as a social work researcher specialising in child protection decision-making.

    More information about the talk by this speaker

    Child Welfare Judgments and Decision Processes in Context

    This presentation will focus on the Judgments and Decision Processes in Context (JUDPiC) model, as it applies to judgments and decisions in cases of alleged child maltreatment. This model presents how case characteristics are processed by professionals in social agencies who are influenced by their personal characteristics, their agency features, and the wider local and national context of their child welfare system. The implications for understanding and improving decisions are discussed.

    Professor Brian Littlechild

    Research Lead, Department of Nursing & Social Work, University of Hertfordshire who has undertaken extensive research in mental health, resistant clients, youth offending & child protection social work and development of evidence-based guidelines.

    More information about the talk by this speaker

    Assessing and Responding to Risks in Social Work: Evidence-based Guidelines for Ethical Social Work Practice

    Drawing on the work of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK and ongoing local projects, this presentation will examine how we manage ‘risk’ and  best  include service users, carers and practitioners in these processes, taking into account the International Federation of Social Workers ethics statements, and professional practice standards.

  • Call for abstracts

    Abstracts are invited for Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations addressing any aspect of the conference themes. Abstracts should outline the context, methods and findings - of the study, research synthesis, or innovative service development or teaching activity - together with a generalizable message.

    Conference themes

    • Professional judgement including reflective practice; cognitive judgement models; heuristics and rationality; use of knowledge; judgements in uncertainty; bias; regret.
    • Decision processes with clients, families, other professionals, systems and organisations; social work roles in court decisions; collaborative and contested decisions.
    • Assessment tools and processes, including screening, analysis and problem solving; assessing needs, strengths and risks; statistical and intuitive approaches to predicting harm; mitigating and moderating factors.
    • Assessing and managing risk, including conceptualisation, communication and legal aspects; organisational processes; positive risk taking; social care governance.
    • Evidence creation, synthesis and dissemination; the use of knowledge to inform policy, practice, teaching, management and regulation in social work.
    • Ethical, emotional and contextual aspects of decision making, assessment, risk and evidence, including relationship to professional, personal and societal values.

    Oral Presentations

    Presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes and will be managed as parallel sets, with each set on a linked theme followed by discussion.

    Poster Presentations

    • One sheet, portrait (vertical) format, not exceeding 90 cm wide by 130 cm high (A0 size).
    • Pins will be provided for you to fix you poster to a board.
    • Title and author(s) of the poster should be at the top of the poster in bold lettering.
    • Participants from Northern Ireland who would like assistance in producing a poster are invited to contact Dr Campbell Killick, Social Work Research Officer, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, at campbell.killick@setrust.hscni.net

    Format

    Abstracts should be emailed to Prof Brian Taylor, Professor of Social Work at bj.taylor@ulster.ac.uk by Tuesday 30 January 2018 with copy to the conference secretary Mrs Sharon Lucas at dare@ulster.ac.uk using the template.

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    Abstracts will only be accepted where at least one named author attends the conference. Preference will be given to abstracts:

    • with a clear link to the conference themes;
    • with clear relevance to social work practice, management, regulation, teaching or research; and
    • based on empirical data (research, service evaluation, training evaluation, professional audit; etc.) although exceptional theoretical abstracts may be accepted.

    Preference for Oral Presentations will be given to abstracts that are likely to be of interest to a wide cross-section of the audience. Where the Scientific Committee declines an abstract for Oral Presentation it may offer Poster Presentation instead. Decisions will be made by Fri 23 February 2018. The conference early-bird rate closes Wednesday 28 March 2018.

    Further conference details, including information on the programme, registration and fees, are being added incrementally to our website www.ulster.ac.uk/dare or contact the Mrs Sharon Lucas sa.lucas@ulster.ac.uk telephone +44 (0) 28 9036 6554.

    Sponsored by the Health and Social Care Board for Northern Ireland and Ulster University Institute for Research in Social Sciences.

  • Location

    DARE 2018 will take place at the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick, Northern Ireland which is convenient to Belfast International Airport.

  • Registration & Costs

    Registration

    Registration will open in January 2018

    Costs

    Before March 2018

    Full conference (Including Diner)£140
    Premium Rate (Excluding Dinner)£115
    Single Day (No Dinner)£65
    Dinner Only£25

    After March 2018

    Full conference (Including Diner)£150
    Premium Rate (Excluding Dinner)£125
    Single Day (No Dinner)£70
    Dinner Only£25
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation at the Templeton Hotel is available to conference candidates until 30 March 2018 and is on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis at a conference discount rate of £75.

    (NB: this cannot be booked online – please either telephone or email; details below)

    Please do not commit yourself to travel or accommodation arrangements until you have received confirmation of acceptance of your conference booking.Web:

    The Templeton Hotel
    882 Antrim Road
    Templepatrick
    BT39 0AH


    T: 028 9443 2984
    E: reception@templetonhotel.com
    W:www.templetonhotel.com


    Other hotels in the area

    Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club
    Castle Upton Estate
    Templepatrick
    BT39 0DD
    Tel: 028 9443 5500
    www.hilton.co.uk/Templepatrick

    Distance 0.5 miles (approx. 13 min walk)

    The Dunadry Hotel & Country Club
    2 Islandreagh Drive 
    Dunadry
    BT41 2HA
    Tel: 028 9443 4343
    www.dunadry.com

    Distance 2.2 miles (bus/taxi)

    Guest house accommodation available in the local area includes:

    Keef Halla Country House
    20 Tully Road
    Nutts Corner
    Crumlin
    BT29 4SW
    Tel: 028 9082 5491
    www.keefhalla.com

    Distance 6.2 miles (taxi)

    NB A taxi would be required from other accommodation (except the Hilton).
    Temple Taxis: 028 9443 3333 or Aldergrove Taxis: 028 9442 2226

  • Previous Conferences

    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.