The Children Acts Advisory Board (CAAB) hosts four types of events; national conferences, evidence to practice seminars, network seminars and a national awards competition. Details of these are provided below.
The purpose of the National Conference hosted by the CAAB is to provide an opportunity for practitioners, managers and policy makers in the area of child care to come together to hear and discuss key issues affecting the education, youth justice and health sectors.
Network Seminars held by the CAAB aim to provide an opportunity for consultation and networking by professionals working in the area of children’s services. It is hoped that these seminars will provide a forum that will result in new and useful connections being made between the areas of child care, education, juvenile justice and health.
Evidence to Practice Seminars held by the CAAB seek to assist services to children in achieving positive outcomes for children by improving areas of practice. Crucial to this is the provision of rigorous national and international evidence relating to areas of concern for practitioners, managers and policy makers.
In 2007 the CAAB established the ‘National Awards for Services to Children and Young People’ in order to recognise the invaluable work and contribution made by service providers to children and young people nationally under the relevant Irish Children Acts. It is hoped that these awards will bring together agencies working in partnership with children and young people, acknowledging their individual and collaborative efforts and further support effective practice in service delivery.