Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice conference 2020

The hosting of the 7th Social Work and Social Care Research Conference scheduled for 11 March 2020 managed to go ahead despite encountering some unprecedented challenges. Considering the detailed and wide-ranging feedback from those in attendance the event proved to be an immense success.

The best conference yet with evidence of research capacity that I have seen before in Northern Ireland

Social Care Research Conference in Belfast

The delightful setting of Belfast Castle and its enchanting ambiance was successful in offering an oasis of calm for delegates. Unavoidable last minute cancellations from speakers and delegates from the Republic of Ireland and Malta impacted upon overall numbers. Nevertheless Marie Roulston Director of Social Care and Children, joint host of the event, with our colleagues in the Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency expressed her delight in welcoming 110 delegates. This included speakers drawn from across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland ranging from management, practice, academia (tutors and students) research and service users and carers.