ACWA Conference Keynote Presentations

Listed below are the keynote presentations from ACWA’s 2018 national conference Doing better for our children and families: Innovate, lead, change.  

Day 1 Keynote Addresses

Dr Jenny Driscoll, King’s College London: The rights of the child in the child protection system – A case study in ambivalence?

Dr Carmel Devaney, National University of Ireland: Partnership, prevention and family support – Evidence from the Irish Experience

Professor Karen Broadhurst, Lancaster University, UK: Birth parents beyond child removal – Why should we care? 


Day 2 Keynote Addresses

Professor Harriet Ward, Loughborough University, UK: The role of adoption in a continuum of services for maltreated children

Professor John Simmonds, CoramBAAF, UK: Creating a family life for a child through adoption

Dr Leland Ruwhui and Dr Moana Eruera, Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children, NZ: Cultural strands of humanity in caring for Maori children

Dr Meredith Kiraly, University of Melbourne: Kinship care in Australia – What’s happening?

Professor Nina Biehal, University of York, UK: Permanence, progress and belonging for children in long-term foster care

Professor Diana English, University of Washington, US: Therapeutic residential treatment – Not whether, but who and for what purpose?


Photo: Professor Nina Biehal presenting at ACWA 18.