Tuesday 03 October 2017
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Second Annual Faith and Peaceful Relations Conference
Co-hosted by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University & the Coram-BAAF
In the context of Social Work, faith - both religious and non-religious - remains an under researched and inadequately understood aspect of children’s identities. Children’s beliefs influence their care needs, aspirations and perceptions of family and community life. Research evidence suggests that depending on a child’s particular circumstances faith can either strengthen their sense of self-worth and resilience or it can inhibit it, reducing a child’s confidence in his or her decisions. In either case, faith can impact on a child’s ability or not to form positive attachments with its carers. In order to improve outcomes for all children, it is imperative that researchers, social work professionals, carers and parents better understand the impact that faith can have on children’s lives and desires. This conference will create a forum where exiting new research, current best practice and everyday lived experience of faith in the lives of looked-after children can be discussed and better understood.
The Faith and Peaceful Relations (FPR) Research Group at CTPSR explores the role religion can play in achieving more peaceful and just societies. Faith can be a driver of social justice, yet it can also be a source of exclusion and misunderstanding. We are currently leading a project (funded by the charity Penny Appeal and in collaboration with Coram-BAAF) to examine the experiences of Muslim children in the British care system. Following on the success of the first FPR conference on Islam and Peaceful relations we are excited to collaborate with Coram-BAAF on the second FPR conference which will examine the impact of children’s diverse faith and belief positionalities on their journey’s through the British Care System.
This conference is an opportunity for academics, professionals and carers to come together to share expertise, experiences and good practice of caring for and addressing the needs of children from diverse religious and non-religious faiths. We invite proposals for papers, panel discussions, workshops, poster presentations and other contributions from academic scholars, social work and care professionals, adoptive and foster parents, legal experts, community activists and from those who experienced the care system. The conference will explore themes including:
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For enquiries please contact Charlotte Martin