Friday, September 09, 2011

International Forum for Child Welfare 2011


The International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW), along with OzChild Children Australia Inc., Anglicare Victoria, The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Inc. and ForChildren (Australia) Inc. are delighted to bring you the 2011 International Forum for Child Welfare.

The WorldForum will be held from October 18 to 21 at the World renowned Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and provides a wonderful opportunity to come together with other leaders, practitioners and managers from around the World to share information and focus on common issues. The theme for the 2011 WorldForum is ‘Education and Children's Wellbeing - Philosophy, Policy and Practice’. This theme will explore the needs of children and examine the importance of education in enabling and equipping children from around the world to reach their potential.

The WorldForum program is going to be captivating with international keynote speaker Baroness Susan Greenfield from the United Kingdom presenting on the topic of ‘Education and Children’s Wellbeing’. Baroness Greenfield is a Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford and Director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind at the James Martin 21st Century School.

The Deputy Representative for Representative for Children and Youth, Mr Jeremy Berland is another presenter at this year’s WorldForum. Mr Berland has significant experience in the field of child welfare and is committed to improving the lives of children and youth.

Professor Alan Hayes is the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and has conducted research in the area of children and families. His work focuses on disadvantage and he has a particular interest in prevention and early intervention. Professor Hayes will bring a wealth of knowledge to his presentation at the WorldForum.

Australian Lillian Holt who was the first Aboriginal Executive Officer to the National Aboriginal Education Committee, Edel Silan from Save the Children, Fabia Shah from AusAID and Ethiopian Abeiy Alemneh Gebre who attended the 2010 WorldForum will also be presenting at the WorldForum.

With the high calibre of presenters, enthralling themes to be discussed and entertaining social events, the WorldForum is sure to be a memorable event. The Organising Committee look forward to welcoming you to the WorldForum in October, 2011.

Registration is now open for the WorldForum and delegates can register using the online registration form located on the WorldForum website www.worldforum2011.org. Website registration is strongly encouraged. For those without access to the internet, please complete the registration from which can be downloaded from the WorldForum website and return to WorldForum Managers.

Standard Registration is priced at $600.00 while Student and Day Registrations are at $350.00.

The Welcome Reception will be held on Tuesday, the 18th of October, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. This social event is included only in the full registration fee for delegates. Day registrants must purchase a ticket at $90.00 per person to attend.

For further details regarding the 2011 WorldForum, please visit the WorldForum website www.worldforum2011.org.

There will also be an Aussie Barbeque on Thursday, the 20th of October, 2011 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the MCG. This is an optional social event. Tickets can be purchased for $85.00 per person.

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