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Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference 2020

2022: HSCB and HSC R&D Division social work and social care research conference

The 9th annual social work and social care research in practice conference will be taking place on 9th March 2022. The theme will be ‘We are busy but we are interested – so let’s proceed’.

2021: Building a Research Community ‘Ongoing Learning: Human, Digital and Organisational’

The 8th Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference took place virtually on 10th March 2021 and was entitled Building a Research Community ‘Ongoing Learning: Human, Digital and Organisational’.

2020: Building a Research Community to Enable Change: Growing the Evidence Base to Measure Impact. The Application of Diverse Methodological Approaches

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

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 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.

View the Conference Programme.

2019: Building research to evaluate complex interventions in social work and social care – a consideration of methodological issues

A testimony to the increasing value and importance placed on the contribution of the research and evidence agenda.

The conference was held on 6 March 2019 in Belfast and was attended by 150 delegates and speakers drawn from Northern Ireland social work practice, management, academia as well as service users and carers.

Social Care Research Lead for Northern Ireland Anne McGlade acknowledged the huge range of material presented during the day, demonstrating the value of such events to facilitate networking and dialogue. That the vision and commitment to developing a research-minded culture is flourishing in Northern Ireland was evident in the packed conference programme. It included keynote speeches, oral and poster presentations, drama and displays. Delegates had the opportunity to listen, view and engage in a variety of energetic and informative sessions.

All the PowerPoint Presentations from the day are available at Northern Ireland Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy.