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The Ulster University Law Clinic in conjunction with the Social Justice Hub and the NSPCC NI, held an online Poverty Symposium on Wednesday 27th April 2022.

The event, which was the culmination of 2 years of community outreach work undertaken by the Law Clinic and the Social Justice Hub to help ameliorate the growing crisis of food poverty in Northern Ireland, brought together a range of academics including:

  • Dr Esther McGuinness (Ulster University Law Clinic and Social Justice Hub)
  • Goretti Horgan (Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at UU and Policy Director at ARK)
  • Dr Sinead Furey (Senior Lecturer Ulster Business School)

Policy workers from the children’s sector also attended including Dez Holmes (Director at Research in Practice) Trása Canavan (Senior Policy Officer for Barnardo’s NI) Natalie Whelehan (NSPCC) and John Dickie (Director of CPAG, Scotland) to discuss best practice in supporting families, particularly as the UK and NI were facing into a cost of living crisis, and to consider what lessons could be drawn from other UK jurisdictions which might help inform a voluntary sector approach and future ministerial decision making.

The event was attended by over 200 delegates.

You can access the video of the event online.

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