International Child Welfare: Analysing and Reforming Child Protection Systems

How to plan and implement reform in child protection and child welfare system

This University of Central Lancashire 5 day masterclass will provide a theoretical and practical guide to analysing and reforming child protection systems in high, middle and low-income countries. The tutors (David Tobis and Andy Bilson) will be joined by leaders in child protection reform from Better Care Network, Family for Every Child, Hope and Homes for Children and UNICEF to present a series of case studies of systems change in different countries using different strategies including top down, bottom up, middle out and when regimes change.

Systemic and sociological theories will provide a framework to understand the operation of systems and identify, plan, implement and evaluate strategies for change. The sociological theories focus on issues of power and culture and indicate the need for a countervailing force to bring about institutionalized change such as the empowerment of parents, communities or other constituencies. Systemic practice stresses the need to understand and challenge the assumptions that lead to harmful patterns of response to children and families. The approach involves reflexive conversations involving engagement, emotion and explanation. Participants will also explore effective use of information and research for system change.
Participants will prepare for the 5 day programme through exercises to reflect on their experience of child protection reform. You will work in small groups to consider processes of change relevant to your cultural and country context.  During the 5 day programme you will identify an area of reform, produce an analysis of this area and a plan for system reform. You will receive consultancy on your plan from other participants and trainers during the programme. After the 5 day programme, you will also have time allocated for consultancy from a trainer, to be used within 3 months, to assist with the implementation of your plan.

Please email Olivia Murphy at or call 01772 893408 for booking instructions.

Booking deadline: 28 February 2019.

  • 5 Day Masterclass: Monday 1 – Friday 5 April 2019, 9.30am – 4.30pm each day
  • UCLan Westleigh Conference Centre, Lea Road, Preston, Lancashire PR40RB
  • Pre-event online resources and post-event consultancy time also included
  • £950 per participant

Further info: here