SSRG Previous Events – 2004

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Assessing the Needs of Vulnerable Children: Information Sharing, Systems…and Solutions? Monday 15th November 2004

Old Viewforth, Stirling, FK8 2ET

This event follows the successful SSRG seminar on information sharing that was held earlier this year. Issues to be addressed include:

  • The kind of information that we need to collect
  • The ‘systems’/frameworks that are in place and being
    used to collect (and report on) this information
  • The constraints (for example practical and ethical) of
    sharing information
  • Potential solutions

Click here to download presentations.

INVOLVE Conference ‘People at the heart of research’ –

10-11 November 2004
East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

The 4th National INVOLVE Conference ‘ People at the heart of research’ to be held in Nottingham, 10-11 November 2004. The Conference will take place over one and a half days, starting at 2.30pm on Wednesday 10th November and finishing on Thursday 11th November.

INVOLVE (formerly Consumers in NHS Research) is a group which aims to promote and support public involvement in the NHS, public health and social care research and development. A draft conference programme will be available on 1st June 2004 and booking forms will be available from 30th June 2004. Further details of the conference are available on the INVOLVE website at

Improving Services for Children: Developments in Information and Performance Assessment

Friday 1st October 2004
The Banqueting Suite, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham

This event will look at Developments in Information Collections, Performance Indicators and Performance Assessment in Children’s Services.

Topics include:

  • the forthcoming User Experience Survey on Children in Need (CiN) -includingfeedback from at least one of the pilot sites
  • an update on the CiN census and what the data might tell us about the’preventive’ agenda
  • thoughts on new PIs and datasets for Children’s services.
  • discussion of new arrangements for ‘Joint Area Reviews’

Speakers include

  • David Allan (Chair, SSRG)
  • Isabel Craig (DfES)
  • Paul Dolan (Birmingham SSD)
  • Ruth Edwards (DfES)
  • Jim Magee (DfES)
  • John Rowlands (DfES)
  • David Howarth (Ofsted)

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SSRG Scotland Event: Getting Evidence into Practice: Improving Standards in Research and Evaluation across Social Care and Health: 28 June 2004

Old Viewforth Stirling

This event will consider:

  • codes of good practice and ethical frameworks
  • barriers to getting evidence into practice and a conceptual framework that has been developed by colleagues in nursing
  • research utilisation in social work practice
  • examples of good practice such as ‘Making Research Count’ partnerships between universities, councils and other agencies, and
  • a discussion between key stakeholders such as ADSW, SSRG and Universities, to discuss an Action Plan or framework for taking this forward.

Click here to download presentations made at the event.

Assembly for Social Care and Social Work Education and Research Forum: 08 June 2004

The Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JS


Research on racism and ethnicity: 17 May 2004

London Voluntary Sector Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

The Social Services Research Group and the REU has held a one-day conference aimed at highlighting the importance of Black and Minority Ethnic Issues in Research. There were a number of plenary speaker’s and smaller workshops. Speakers include Professor Ann Phoenix, Open University, Professor Alan Walker Director of ESRC Growing Older Programme, Jabeer Butt, REU. Nasa Begum, Social Care Institute for Excellence, chaired the day.

Click here to download presentations made at the Conference.

Understanding prevention: Children, families and social inclusion – online conference: June 17 2004

This innovative online conference will draw together policy makers, professionals, academics and children and families who are concerned with prevention and social inclusion. The focus of the conference will be to develop further shared understanding of the protective and preventative strategies that achieve inclusion for children and families at risk of experiencing social exclusion. We hope that this will be the first online conference where refereed papers are to be published as part of a special focus edition of a refereed academic journal. The conference will explore:

  • What we know, both in terms of effective and ineffective approaches
  • What’s new and emerging
  • Ways forward

SSRG Annual Worshop 2004 – Effective use and dissemination of knowledge in improving practice and performance in Social Care and Health 29-31 March 2004

Collingwood College, University of Durham

The broad theme is the ‘effective use and dissemination of knowledge in improving practice and performance in Social Care and Health’.

The event will consider issues relating to:

  • experiences of service users
  • inspections of local authority services
  • annual statistical returns and other submissions to government
  • performance management and assessment
  • quality assurance
  • research and evaluation of services


Click here for information about presentations made at this workshop and to download those that have been made available.

Improving Standards in Information Sharing across Children’s Services: 01 March 2004

Old Viewforth, Stirling Scotland

This event will consider key issues in sharing information across agencies such as social care and health in order to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. In doing so, issues of consent and confidentiality will be addressed. Colleagues from the Scottish Executive will discuss ways that policy is being translated into practice, progress to date and future directions. We will draw on the practical experience of colleagues in Scotland and in England, including the inter-agency ‘identification, referral and tracking’ (IRT) programmes that are being piloted in a number of councils.


Programme update: Joe Colleran from Greater Merseyside Connexions will be joining John Morrissy and Gail Riley for the session on IRT at 3.15p