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Experiencing an international conference

Stevens, I. and Steckley, L. (2005) Experiencing an international conference. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 4 (1). pp. 80-83. ISSN 1478-1840

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The University of Oslo in Norway hosted an international conference from 29th June – 3rd July this year. The title of the conference was Childhoods: Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies. The conference was organised by the University of Oslo, Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), the Norwegian Centre for Child Research and Childwatch International Research Network. The conference itself took place at the Blindern campus of the university during four gloriously warm, summer days. Irene Stevens, Laura Steckley and Andy Kendrick represented the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care (SIRCC) and between them presented four papers at the conference. Irene presented a paper on child protection and risk in care which looked at how health and safety policies in units can restrict activities for young people, and the need to develop appropriate risk assessment processes. Laura and Andy presented a paper on the experiences of children and young people and residential workers of physical restraint. Andy also presented papers on social exclusion and social inclusion in residential child care and on residential work with sexually aggressive young men. The purpose of the conference was to view modern childhood, children and young people from a global perspective and provide an opportunity to learn from research across a range of disciplines and from a large number of countries and regions. The international focus is particularly crucial in the current climate, where local and global issues are intertwined.