MRC Research Conference - Practitioner Research: making it count

Friday 1 April 2011, 9.30AM to 3.00pm

Speaker(s): Fiona Mitchell, Co-ordinator - Scottish Child Care and Protection Network; Nick Frost, Professor of Social Work (Children, Childhood and Families), at the Faculty of Health, Leeds Metropolitan University; Richard Barker, Emeritus Professor of Child Welfare, Northumbria University

This event will comprehensively explore the area of practitioner research in children and families’ social work, and how to make the best use of it.

There will be two formal presentations during the day – in the morning, delegates will hear from Fiona Mitchell, who will present the findings from a knowledge review project which mapped and reviewed practitioner research studies in social work, with a focus on how practitioner research has contributed to knowledge and on ethical issues, as well as the way in which research can contribute to capacity building and personal development for practitioners.

Leading up to, and during, lunch, the Children’s Workforce and Development Council’s practitioner-led research programme will be discussed, with a range of people involved in the programme offering different perspectives and reflecting on the value of practitioner research. This will include a presentation by one of the practitioner researchers on their completed project.

The afternoon presentation by Nick Frost will explore the opportunities for publishing research. Practical tips will be provided about writing single author books, edited collections, journal articles, magazine articles and web-based publication. Advice will be provided on the best way to publish your research.

Throughout the day, delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in structured discussions on the implications and opportunities arising for themselves and their organisations.

Location: Innovation Centre, York Science Park


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