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The two-day conference includes keynote presentations, parallel sessions and agency visits. Details of the programmes are as follows:



Program Rundown: Day 1


  7 September, 2017 (Thursday)
Venue: Cho Yiu Hall    

8:45 AM
9:00 AM

9:00 AM
9:30 AM
Opening Ceremony


Performances from:
Hong Kong Children and Youth Services – 24 Drum
S.K.H. St. Christopher's Home – Lion Dancing


Opening Address:
Chi-yue CHIU, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, CUHK
Ka-tai LAM JP, Deputy Director of Social Welfare (Services), Social Welfare Department
Cinzia CANALI, President, iaOBERfcs


Souvenir Presentation:
Steven Sek-yum NGAI, Chairperson, Department of Social Work, CUHK


Mooly Mei-ching WONG

9:30 AM
11:00 AM
Keynote Speech 1:
Adolescents in Italy: full immersed in the virtual life but looking for true relationships


President, IAOBERfcs


Keynote Speech 2:
Parents’ and Children’s perspective of intervention outcome of multiple family therapy for
Chinese families of Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Joyce Lai-chong MA
Professor, Department of Social Work
The Chinese University of Hong Kong


(Moderator: Joyce Lai-chong MA)

11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:15 AM
1:00 PM
Parallel Session 1   
Session 1A (English Session) 1B (English Session) 1C (English Session) 1D (Mandarin Session)
Venue LSB C1  LSB C2  LSB C3  LSB C4 
Moderator  Hans GRIETENS  June THOBURN  Robin SPATH  Ching-wen CHANG 
11:20 AM 

Japanese Young Adult Stepchildren’s Views on Their Relationships with Parents and Stepparents: A New Perspective of Stepfamily Dynamics and Children’s Well-Being

Patricia HANSEN
A socio-legal practice model of family restoration
Improving mental health screening for children in care
Rebuilding Children’s Psychological Safety in Earthquake Area through Mindfulness Practice for Teachers: An Exploratory Pilot Study
(Absent due to health reason)
11:40AM  Stefanie SAUER
Feeling different – The Meaning of Origin for International Adoptions in Germany 
(United Kingdom)
Returning to parents from care: the under-valued, under-researched and under-funded permanence option? 
An-ti SHIH
A profile of child abuse in Taiwan- Evaluation for adapting SDM safety assessment tool 
Child Protection in China: Changing Policies and Reactions from the Field of Social Work 
12:00 PM  Hans GRIETENS
Analyzing Child Protection Systems Through a Comparative Lens: The Case of The Netherlands 
Li-li XIA
(Hong Kong)
Critical review of Hong Kong child care services in post-handover era: towards a social investment approach 
Stone Ngan-tung TSANG
(Hong Kong)
Evaluation of the intervention impact of Bowen Family Systems Theory Parent Group intervention on parenting stress 
Ming-jie HE
The social synergy of combating targeted poverty in urban communities: A study based on Social Assistance Centre in Chengdu City 
12:20 PM  Chiara BERTI
Attitudes Toward an Outgroup: The Case of Chinese Adolescents in Italy 
Determinants and Outcomes of Social Climate in Therapeutic Residential Youth Care: A Systematic Review 
(United Kingdom)
Signs of Safety: An evaluation across ten areas in England 
Hung-chun CHOU
The probe of learning Vietnamese mother tongue through one foreign parent in perspective to strengthen parent-child relationship 
12:40PM  Laurel DOWNEY
From assessment to outcomes in out of home care 
(Hong Kong)
Cultural Evolution in a Correctional Home: from control and discipline to support and development 
1:00PM – 2:00PM  LUNCH BREAK    
2:00PM – 3:30PM 


Keynote Speech 3:
Child well-being: influencing factors


Researcher and Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Psychology
University of Girona


Keynote Speech 4:
Home or care? Comparing outcomes for maltreated children


Professor, Department of Social Policy and Social Work
University of York


(Moderator: Cinzia CANALI)

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM  TEA BREAK    
3:45 PM – 5:30 PM  Parallel Session 2    
Session  2A (English Session)  2B (English Session)  2C (English Session)  2D (Mandarin Session) 
Moderator Patricia MCNAMARA Marian BRANDON Douglas FAIRCLOTH Sheng-li CHENG
3:50PM Patricia MCNAMARA
Partnering with families in Therapeutic Residential Care: An Australian scoping study
(United Kingdom)
Men as a risk and a resource in child protection
Measuring Change – Promoting Healing
Sheng-li CHENG
Today’s Chinese families in the midst of the great social transformation: challenges and responses
4:10 PM Mooly WONG
(Hong Kong)
Outcomes and implications of using family mediation to settle child-related disputes pertaining to divorce in Hong Kong
(United States)
Actuarial risk assessment in child protection: what it can contribute and what it needs to be effective
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4:30 PM Vincent LEE
(Hong Kong)
Technology and Family Dynamics: The Relationships between Adolescents’ Use of Mobile Devices, Parent-child Conflicts and Parenting Approaches
Scoping review of parental satisfaction with child welfare services
Julia Wing-ka LO
(Hong Kong)
Multi-family activities for Chinese Families of Youth with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): An Exploratory study of a Service Learning Project
Ju-hsing CHANG
Review Early intervention of developmental delay children in Taiwan
4:50 PM Dario Angelo COLOMBO
Daily Care in a Residential Context
Chung-ming CHAN
(Hong Kong)
Mental disorder and violence of an intimate partner violence case - An analysis of the interdisciplinary collaboration in helping with the couple
Wing-yan SHUM
(Hong Kong)
Play Therapy in helping children in grief
Chen-hai CHU
Effect Evaluation of Collective Art Practice for Leukemia Children with Psycho-social Problems
The relationship between mothers of sexually abused survivors and their daughters' therapist
Anna HUI
(Hong Kong)
Awareness and implementation of children’s participation rights in Hong Kong
Sylvia KWOK
(Hong Kong)
Integrating positive psychology and elements of music therapy to alleviate child anxiety
5:30PM – 6:00PM Campus Tour
6:00PM – 8:00PM Conference Dinner


Program Rundown: Day 2

  8 September, 2017 (Friday)
Venue: Cho Yiu Hall   

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Speech 5:
Responding to Families: A Focus on Public Policies for Vulnerable Families

Professor, School of Social Sciences
University of New South Wales
(Moderator: Patricia MCNAMARA)

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM TEA BREAK
10:15 AM – 12:00 NOON Parallel Session 3   
Session 3A (English Session) 3B (English Session) 3C (English Session) 3D (English Session)
Venue LSB C1  LSB C2  LSB C3  LSB C4 
Moderator  Yu-wen CHEN Yeong Hee KIM Ching-wen CHANG Emma LOWRIE
10:20 AM

Xinping GUAN
The migrant and left-behind children and related social services in Mainland China

Yeong Hee KIM
Interventions for Enhancing Family Life in Korea
Suet-wing LAI WONG
(Hong Kong)
Service Implications of Co-parenting Approaches on Children’s Well-being in Post-divorce Families in Hong Kong
(United Kingdom)
Using a new visual engagement tool to understand factors which impact upon early child health and development with the aim of influencing future service design and implementation
10:40AM  Yu-wen CHEN
The Employment Experiences of Youth after a Job Training Program: the Perspectives of Youth, Social Workers, and Employers
Janet LI
(Hong Kong)
Effects of Expressive Arts Therapy for Adolescents with Emotional Disturbances in School Setting
Christine CHAN
(Hong Kong)
Children from High-Conflict Divorced Families : What We have Learned in Custody and Access Evaluations
Wait – the Critical Factors in Developing an Outcome-Oriented Model of Evidence-Informed Child Welfare Services in Finland. An Example from One Municipality
11:00 AM Yueh WANG
The Relationships among Exposure to Service User Violence, Coping Strategies, and Obstruction of Service Delivery among Taiwanese Child Protection Social Workers
Bettina Tsui-ping NG
(Hong Kong)
A Family-centered Project for Children with Special Educational Needs and their Families –Intervention Strategies and Program Evaluation
The Role of Religion/Spirituality in Child and Family Social Work Practice: A Malaysian Case Study
Ying LIU
The Impact of Social Capital and Personal Agency on Psychosocial Development among Adolescents from Poor Families:
A Study in Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
11:20 PM  Tiziano VECCHIATO
“Educational poverty”: characteristics of deprivation and development of effective practices
Jane King-lai WONG
(Hong Kong)
Bringing a paradigm shift in parenting in Hong Kong : “The Sweet Home Sweet Child” Project
The lived experience and long-term outcomes of adults who have experienced physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect as children in care 
Alice Ngar-shan KOO
Singapore’s strategy in delivering social services in the community—The Family Service Centre Model and its evolution towards Evidence-based Practices
11:40PM  Robin SPATH
A Case Study that Examines the Changing Local and Global Context for Small Non-
Governmental Agencies in Cambodia
The assessment of parental competences
 Yang SI
(Hong Kong)
Families of Children With and Without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in a Chinese Context: A Pilot Study in Xi’an
A New Paradigm for Public Kinship Care in Australia
12:00 NOON – 1:30 PM LUNCH BREAK    
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Keynote Speech 6:
Implementing preventive child welfare programs: The cultural and organizational perspectives


Professor, School of Social Work and Social Welfare
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(Moderator: Elizabeth FERNANDEZ)

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Concluding Remarks
Joyce Lai-chong MA, Conference Co-Chairperson, CUHK
Steven Sek-yum NGAI, Chairperson, Department of Social Work, CUHK
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Agency Visits (For Pre-registered Participants Only)


*Keynote Presentations:


Keynote Speaker Topic

Prof. Cinzia Canali
(President, iaOBERfcs)


Prof. Joyce Ma
(Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Adolescents in Italy: full immersed in the virtual life but looking for true relationships

Parents’ and Children’s perspective of intervention outcome of multiple family therapy for Chinese families of Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Prof. Carme Montserrat
(Professor, Universitat de Girona)
Child well-being: influencing factors
Prof. Nina Biehal
(Professor, University of York)

Prof. Elizabeth Fernandez
(Professor, University of New South Wales)

Home or care? Comparing outcomes for maltreated children


Responding to Families: A Focus on Public Policies for Vulnerable Families

Prof. Anat Zeira
(Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Implementing preventive child welfare programs: The cultural and organizational perspectives