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SIRCC 2020 Conference: 'The extraordinary ordinary: the power of everyday care'

Tuesday 9 June 2020 | Wednesday 10 June 2020

Due to the current circumstances concerning the Coronavirus, and acting on advice from government and health officials, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the SIRCC conference. If you were planning on attending or had interest in a specific area of the programme that you require support with, please get in touch with us.

The extraordinary ordinary: the power of everyday care

The SIRCC conference is a standout, annual event for those working in residential child care in Scotland. Since our launch, we have explored some significant themes, including the power of relationships, culture aspiration, the care journey and pushing the boundaries of the system we exist within.


We know the importance of intentionally and consistently using little or seemingly ordinary things to support healing and development in children and young people’s lives over time, and inspired by a focus on the strong, positive roles we can provide for children in care, we are turning our focus to the power of the everyday.

Themes such as risk, trauma, parenting, love, language, and physical restraint may be relevant to this focus on the everyday, and there will be space to challenge, debate, discuss and share experiences with your peers and with young people themselves. There will be a true participation focus, with the clear voices of people with care experience included across the programme.

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Do you know someone working in residential child care who deserves recognition? Do they go above and beyond for the children and young people they work with? The SIRCC Residential Child Care Awards are now open for nominations.

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Keynote speakers

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Heather has worked with young people in residential care for 30 years and is currently Provincial Director of Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador, an organisation providing residential and family-based care to children and young people. Past roles include President of the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations, and founding board member of the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada. Heather's main areas of interest include residential care, families, child and youth care worker development, supervision and organisational culture.

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Adam is a clinical psychologist at the Edinburgh Access Practice, a service dedicated to providing healthcare to those who experience exclusion from mainstream services. Adam also provides input to a wide range of public and third sector organisations across the homeless sector. Previously, Adam established a clinical psychology service in a rural district of New Zealand working with marginalised populations, before returning to Scotland and developing his current service. Adam's interests include health inequalities, exclusion dynamics, early years and the psychology of diversity.

Event details

When: 9 - 10 June 2020
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Cost: 1 day places from £150 per person

Contact Organiser

Michelle McCue
0141 444 8529

Contact us

University of Strathclyde, Curran Building, Level 6
94 Cathedral St, Glasgow G4 0LG
0141 444 8500

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