Plenary: symposium, hypothetical or debate

Plenary abstract submissions are now closed

CallForAbstracts _Box2

 (45 minute Plenary session)

We encourage the submission of abstracts in which national experts representing different disciplines and/or sectors, bring their differing perspectives to policy-making, practice, and research relevant to either:

Key Theme 2: Improving access to prevention and early intervention

Print Joint service planning and investment

Key Theme 3: Improving placement stability for children and young people in out-of-home care

Print Reunification and other permanent care options

Symposium submissions should analyse innovation, research, service delivery models or promising practice. Debate or hypothetical sessions must provoke ongoing discussion on how to move the national policy agenda forward. Note, early closing date of 30 November 2018 for this plenary format.


1. Requirements

Plenary: symposium, debate or hypothetical

The following questions should be considered as a guide when submitting abstracts for this category:

PrintDoes my abstract unpack national policy agendas?

PrintDoes my abstract change/innovate/influence social policy?

PrintDoes my abstract help translate policy to practice, and practice to policy?

PrintDoes my abstract provide evidence for practice and policy implementation?

  • The convener must submit an abstract that nominates the relevant Key Theme, states the proposed format of the session and outlines the general objective
  • The abstracts and contact details for each presentation or participant must be included
  • The convenor is also responsible for ensuring the speakers are able to attend and register by the author registration deadline
  • The convenor must also provide a jpeg. image and 125 word bio for each presenter or participant
2. Assessment criteria
  • National significance of presenters
  • Relevance of the theoretical context or contextual framework to the chosen key theme
  • Significance of the presentation and supporting evidence for achieving national child aware practices and policies
  • Originality and analysis of the solutions or approaches taken to the issue
  • Extent to which the conceptual arguments, research and practice methodologies are sound
3. General policies and requirements
  • The plenary convenor must submit the abstract
  • Abstracts must address either Key Theme 2 or 3
  • Abstracts will not be accepted via fax, mail, email or USB/CD
  • Abstracts for this plenary format are required by 30 November 2018
  • Abstract length must not exceed 250 words
  • Abstract title maximum 15 words
  • Author bios are a maximum 125 words
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance during the week commencing 7 January 2019
  • All fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed
  • All abstracts must contain original work of the presenting author(s)
  • All presenting authors will be required to register and pay for the Conference by the author registration deadline of 28 February 2019
  • Acceptance of papers will be on the basis of blind peer review
  • Accepted abstracts will be published on the Conference website
  • The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by Internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.
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