CRCF's annual conference brings together researchers, practitioners and managers to highlight our pioneering new research and to share experiences of those working in the field.

In 2019, the annual conference: ‘Using new research to help vulnerable children and families thrive’, provided an opportunity to hear about and discuss the implications for practice from recent CRCF research. CRCF researchers from UEA gave five short presentations as a springboard for focused discussion about good practice. Practitioners and managers shared their own practice experience and ideas about how changes can be made, where needed. Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the conference was postponed in 2020.


CRCF Online Annual Conference 2021:

This year the centre will present a morning of talks from researchers in the University of East Anglia’s Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) on Friday 25th June 2021, starting at 09:30. The event is free to join and will showcase recent findings from an exciting and diverse range of studies. The talks offer practical and thought-provoking messages for child and family social workers, other practitioners, managers and policy-makers. Each talk will be followed by a few minutes for questions or comments, and there will be a plenary panel discussion at the end. The morning will be chaired by Emeritus Professor Gillian Schofield OBE. This year’s talks are:

Professor Elsbeth Neil 
The lifelong implications of adoption: learning from adoptive families when adopted people become parents
Dr Georgia Philip 
‘Both-And': getting alongside fathers in recurrent care proceedings
Professor Jonathan Dickens 
Being curious about professional curiosity: learning from local reviews of child safeguarding practice
Dr Laura Cook
Retaining and supporting experienced child and family social workers: messages from research


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