National Institute of Forensic Social Work
(Bridging Professions -Sharing Ideas)
Race, Law and Practice in Child Protection Matters:
Current Challenges – Ideas for Change
February 22, 2018
9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Halifax Central Library, 3rd Floor Conference Rm.
5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS.
This mini social work conference 2018 brings together several highly regarded social work practitioners and social justice advocates from the African Nova Scotian Community will speak to the impact of the child protection legislation in Nova Scotia on racialized children, families and the community, as well as, cultural proficiency and service delivery of child protection services and addressing race in the courtroom.
Advanced Registration only due to limited seating. Open to all!
Moderator/ Facilitator Charla Williams
This professional development cultural enhancement mini conference brings together several social work specialist and social justice advocates to speak to current issues regarding child protection legislation, service delivery and culturally appropriate court assessment tools. The focus of the day will be on current challenges, strategies and solutions for change from an Africentric framework and perspective.
Moderator/Facilitator for the day is the highly regarded and sought-after Charla Williams. Charla has more than 30 years of experience as a diversity professional. She has worked consistently in the facilitation of conversations which enlighten us, define objectives, develop strategy and implement effective diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Jackie Barkley MSW RSW will conduct a session on "Intersectionality: It’s use to assess practice and structure in child protection work". This workshop will examine the issue of "intersectionality", how to keep it from becoming a buzzword or cliche. The discussion will focus on locating both the client and the worker in their complex contexts in order to work more effectively to support radical personal and social change. We will look at individualism as a barrier to change, while acknowledging that it remains the location of intervention in the work of therapy and agencies;
Lana MacLean MSW RSW an expert in the development and use of Cultural Assessments Reports in the Nova Scotia family and criminal courts and social justice advocate. Lana will introduce how cultural impact assessments can have an impact on exploring the ‘best interest’ of the child in child welfare and custody matters and the use of culturally appropriate tools on behalf of African Nova Scotian children and families;
Shawna Hoyte QC, PhD(stdt), MSW RSW a well known social justice advocate, lawyer, educator and clinical & forensic social worker. Shawna will focus on addressing issues of race and culture in the courtroom and provide a overview of the impact of child protection legislation on racialized children and families.
This professional development mini conference is open to social workers, students, lawyers, law clerks, social service providers and others who work with children and families in the child welfare system, youth justice, and family courts.
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