Call for papers

XVI International Conference of the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents, EUSARF 2021, 31 August – 3 September:

«The perspective of the child»

You may submit your abstract by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first).

In child welfare, child protection, and social work research, there has been an increasing interest in the views of children. This professional and scientific development reflects broader cultural and societal changes. Intergenerational relationships between children and adults and their inherent power structures have become an object of public and scientific scrutiny and were expressed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, a human rights treaty that asserts the right of every child to self-determination, dignity, respect, non-interference, and the right to make informed decisions. In recent decades, the mantle of meeting the daily challenges set forth by this convention has been taken up by practitioners, academics, and governments in the realm of children’s services. As a result, acknowledging and understanding the perspective of the child in practice and research has become a core issue for advancing social work. The challenges and opportunities that arise from this fundamental task are the main theme of the XVI international Conference of the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF).

Principal Topics

To focus on the perspective of the child requires a wide range of essential processes and tasks. Child-centered research and practice that emphasizes the respect for children’s agency and promotes young people`s civil and human rights, is of special interest. Therefore, we make a special call for evaluations of actions, programs and interventions which amplify the voices of children in care and in the child protection system. We encourage contributions that enhance the understanding of children’s subjective perspectives or give critical insights into differences between adult and children’s social views. These topics can range from the meaningful participation of children in child protection and decision-making processes to everyday life matters and behaviours; from child-centered placement settings and individual arrangements to framing new legislation on child protection and child welfare across the globe; and from exploring and implementing new (research) methods that amplify children’s views and voices.

Children’s perspectives will be examined through discussions centered on the following thematic areas:

Concepts and Approaches

  • 1. Historical and theoretical approaches
  • 2. Advances in research methodology
  • 3. Program evaluation and quality in child welfare
  • 4. Assessment and decision making in child welfare and protection
  • 5. Knowledge transfer into practice, social work education and training
  • 6. Politics and evidence based policies on childhood, family, growing up and care

Fields of Action

  • 7. Prevention and family intervention programs, including home-based and community care
  • 8. Residential child care
  • 9. Family foster care and kinship care
  • 10. Adoption and postadoption
  • 11. Peers and friends
  • 12. Family and wider social networks

Focus topics

  • 13. Child abuse and neglect, including safeguarding young people in care
  • 14. Mental health of children and young people in care
  • 15. Education and qualification of children and young people in care
  • 16. Transition to adulthood
  • 17. Migration and minoritized groups in child welfare
  • 18. Anti-oppressive and inclusive practices in care

The Conference Language is English

Open Submission Formats

Poster: Traditional exhibition of posters at the conference to facilitate open discussions on key topics and ideas presented at the conference venue in physical and digital poster formats DIN A1 (59.4 x 84 cm).

Paper presentation in oral Communication: to be presented in a maximum of 15 minutes in panels of 90–120 minutes (five­ to six presentations).

Participants are free to submit individual or collective papers:

Those who submit individual papers will be assigned by the conference program committee an open session. For individual submission chose the option below: “This is an individual submission“.

Those who wish to collectively arrange an open paper session around a specific theme are invited to submit a joint proposal. Each individual contribution for joint proposal must be submitted in the format “Yes, collective paper session … (Presenter OR Chair)” in the Ex Ordo system. It has to be submitted with the title of the symposium listed first, a dash (-), and then the title of the individual paper. At the beginning of each abstract state the name of the session chair and/or contact person for the joint proposal. Despite the collective submission, abstracts are assessed individually. In case you submit less than three abstracts in your joint proposal, you should expect that the spare slots in the session will be assigned to other relevant papers. Authors for a collectively arranged open paper session must come from different research groups and universities (no more than two from the same university). The chair and contact person for the joint proposal should indicate this by answering “Yes, collective paper session – Chair” below.

The chairperson is responsible for linking the presenting authors to the symposium, ensuring that the appropriate abstracts are submitted by those authors, and that the presenting author attends the conference. The chairperson is also responsible for uploading the symposium file to the Ex Ordo system.

Submissions by invitation

Invited Symposia: An invited symposium session lasts between 90–120 minutes and includes four or five papers (including the chairperson) that address a common conference theme. Authors must come from different research groups and universities (no more than two from the same university).

Proposals for symposia must be submitted by the chairperson in the format “Invited Symposium” in the Ex Ordo system, including a title, an abstract of no more than 600 words, and a list of contributions (title and authors) at the end of the abstract.

Each individual contribution must be submitted in the format “Invited Symposium” in the Ex Ordo system. It has to be submitted with the title of the symposium listed first, a dash (-), and then the title of the individual paper. In the final step, when asked if submitting for a symposium, the answer should be “Yes, Invited Symposium … (Presenter OR Chair)”.

The symposium can only be proposed after all the individual abstracts are already submitted.

The chairperson is responsible for linking the presenting authors to the symposium, ensuring that the appropriate abstracts are submitted by those authors, and that the presenting author attends the conference. The chairperson is also responsible for uploading the symposium file to the Ex Ordo system.

 

Submissions process

Abstracts must be delivered online via the Ex Ordo system.
Registration for an ExOrdo Account is required.

Submission via Ex Ordo was open as from November 2019 until February 2020 and will be re-opened as from November 2020.

The following are the general rules for paper contributions and the review process.

Title

The title should be brief (maximum of 125 characters including spaces), clearly indicating the contents related to the conference themes.

Abstract

All abstracts will be subjected to anonymous peer-review, coordinated by the Scientific Committee. The criteria for review are:

  • relevance to the conference framework
  • practical or scientific merit
  • originality

Carefully prepared abstracts facilitate the review process, as it is easier to judge the quality of presentations that are thoroughly and concisely described.

Abstracts may not exceed 600 words and must be submitted in English. Abstracts should be as informative as possible including objectives, method, results, and conclusions. 

Authors

Information must include name(s), organisation(s) and email address of all co-authors. When submitting the abstract, please choose one corresponding author. This author will be responsible for receiving correspondence. Conference information will only be sent to this author at the email address provided. The corresponding author is responsible for forwarding information onto all the other authors listed on the abstract.

In the submission should be mentioned who will be the presenting author. The registration must be confirmed by this author. The presenting author can be the same as the corresponding author. Individuals can make a maximum of three presentations. 

Topics

Identify which of the conference themes your submission addresses (maximum of three). Please reference the above list (see section 2: Principal Topics).

Important dates and deadlines

The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 2021. Abstracts submitted after this date will not be considered. Once submitted, authors may edit abstracts until the submission deadline.

A confirmation email acknowledging the receipt of an abstract will be sent to the author at the email address provided upon successful submission.

Corresponding authors will be notified of abstract acceptance or rejection and the form of presentation by email in April 2021.

All presenting authors of accepted abstracts are required to register for the Conference no later than June 20th, 2021. Failure to register will result in the abstract being excluded from the Conference program.

The scientific committee reserves the right to make final decisions regarding the format of accepted abstracts.

The scientific committee reserves the right to limit the number of papers presented by the same author.