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Child poverty under the spotlight

The University has joined forces with Walsall Children’s Trust to host a two day conference at Walsall Campus on Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23, 2009.
The Integrated Responses to Child Poverty event is open to managers and practitioners working in social care, health services, education services, local authorities, the police, charities and other organisations that work with children, young people and families across the children’s workforce in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Delegates will have the opportunity to visit venues in Walsall to see examples of ways to tackle child poverty, including Darlaston One Stop Shop and Blakenall Village Centre. There will also be a range of showcase seminars over the two days. Speakers at the event include: Tom Rahilly, Joint Head of the Child Poverty Unit, London; Norma Baldwin, Professor Emeritus (Childcare and Protection), University of Dundee and Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus (Social Epidemiology) University of Nottingham Medical School
Louise Hughes, Assistant Director, Walsall Children’s Services said: “The three strands of Walsall’s Reducing Child Poverty Strategy – tackling parental worklessness, raising aspirations and addressing the impact of poverty – demonstrate how the integration of existing, innovative responses driven by local families and neighbourhoods, and partnerships between different organisations can produce effective outcomes.”
Organiser Christine Vincent, Coordinator for Integrated Services for children, young people and families across the University, said: “This two-day conference will showcase integrated responses to the challenge of reducing child poverty.”
For details about this exciting and informative event and to book a place, call 01902 323006 or go on line to or email
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