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Social Work and Social Care Annual Research Conference

8th Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice

Virtual Conference – Wednesday 10th March 2021

Theme: Building a Research Community ‘Ongoing learning: human, digital and organisational’

Plenary speakers:

  • Kenneth Burns (University College Cork)
  • Oli Williams (Kings College London (THIS Institute))
  • Sarah Donnelly (University College Dublin)
  • Paul Doran (Department of Justice Northern Ireland)

Service user and carer involvement in research in discussion with presenters from Northern Ireland

  • Berni Kelly (QUB)
  • Fiona Templeton and Sonia Patton (Service Users)
  • Gail Johnston (Public Heath Agency)
  • Lauren Shaw and Jean Hale (Positive Futures)
  • Patricia Burns (Staff Tutor for Open University)

Workshop 1 – How to get published

  • Axel Kaehne (Edge Hill University and Journal of Integrated Care)
  • Christina Murphy (Child Care in Practice Journal)

Workshop 2 – What happens when children and the public lead randomised trials?

  • Declan Devane (NUI Galway)

Building a Research Community Discussion Group

  • Chaired by John Devaney (University of Edinburgh)


A final email will be sent to you again closer to the date of the conference from SPARQ – to register you must respond to that email by providing your email address.

On receipt of your email a personal link will be provided directly to you.

Registration is necessary to gain access to the virtual event.

Please note: the link to conference cannot be forwarded due to restrictions and safety issues.

Short Oral Sessions

An opportunity to hear and engage in a diverse range of short oral sessions covering studies undertaken in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

  • Shaping Social Workers’ Identity: An All Ireland Study.
  • Modelling Social Care: Learning Disability.
  • Managing Mental Health and Well-being in the Workplace: Assessment of a Well-Being Intervention.
  • The Youth Wellbeing NI Survey: Data Utility in Health and Social Care.
  • You and Your Experience of Mental Health Services during Covid-19 Pandemic.
  • From Social Work Practice Wisdom to Policy Making to Developing Practice: completing the circle.
  • The impact of Covid-19 Lockdown on Children, Young People and Families: Perspectives from the front line, children, young people and families.
  • An Exploration of the Factors that Influence Practitioners’ Decision-Making in the Context of Delivering the Strengthening Families Programme.
  • Trauma Exposure and Domestic Violence Offending Severity in a Probation Sample.
  • Service user involvement in the Criminal Justice System – the theory, the practice and the ‘real world’ challenges.
  • Look, Say, Sing, Play: the NSPCC’s brain building behaviour change campaign.
  • A peer led examination of the development and sustainability of ‘IMPACT CAMHS’ service user group.
  • Children Looked After Education Project (Key Stage 2)
  • Mapping the changes in drug trends and homelessness in Belfast/ Greater Belfast throughout the COVID crisis between March and September 2020.
  • Social Work and the Importance of Emotional Intelligence Development in early stage learning.
  • On Face-Work in the Digital Age: adapting interactive skills training for online engagement in preparation for practice learning.
  • Exploring acceptability and outcomes of virtual Pregnancy in Mind – a group education programme for parents- to-be experiencing or at risk of mild or moderate anxiety and depression during the perinatal period.
  • Supporting Family Carers Online.
  • Supporting Social Workers to empower parents to develop their confidence in being protective through the use of a ‘Working Together Workbook’: A research informed Quality Improvement (QI) Project.
  •  ‘Communities of Practice’: Highlighting the potential of ethnographic observations of human-animal bonds.
  • Learning technology in action: Supporting the Modern Learner.
  • PAUSE Our Northern Ireland Journey.
  •  Health and social care workers’ quality of working life and coping while working during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Analysis of positive coping and work-related quality of life as resilience and protective factors impacting on wellbeing.
  • Our Journey through Disability.
Take a little time to just relax and enjoy our musical interludes.
You may also like to take a trip into our virtual resource room and pick up some new information and contacts.

Professional in Practice (PiP) Accredited Event

For details of Professional in Practice (PiP) Social Work Accreditation Contact

The conference includes key note presentations, small oral presentations, posters, discussion groups, workshops and award ceremony.

Abstracts for oral presentations have been selected by a panel committee based on a CALL FOR ABSTRACTS –

Please consider this as an opportunity for dissemination of valuable research and evidence supporting knowledge exchange.

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