october, 2019

23oct5:30 pm7:00 pmSocial work with children and families: Navigating the complexityCollege of Education, Psychology and Social Work Social Transformation Public Lecture Series5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Uniting CommunitiesAudience:Alumni,Employers,Future students,General Public,Government departments & agencies,High school students,Industry partners,International students,Recent graduates,Researchers,Staff,Students

Event Details

Join world renowned UK social work expert Emeritus Professor Eileen Munro of the London School of Economics on how complexity can be managed but not controlled. The implications for social work are explored in relation to the practice and the limited predictability of human behaviour and the research and the possibility of developing knowledge of universal applicability.

When: 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019 (drinks and nibbles at 5.30pm with lecture beginning at 6pm)

Where: U City Function Centre, Level 1, 43 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Professor Munro has written extensively on how best to combine intuitive and analytic reasoning in child protection risk assessment and decision-making and also on the importance of understanding how systems’ factors influence workers’ actions.

In 2011, she completed the Munro Review of the English Child Protection System. She has since been working with Andrew Turnell helping ten local authorities in England effect whole system re-design to support Signs of Safety practice with families, thereby testing the feasibility of implementing her Review recommendations.

Returning to her roots in philosophy, Eileen is also working in a 5 year philosophy of social technology project that is exploring the implications of complex causality for using research findings in a new location and how this challenges traditional evidence-based practice.

Professor Sarah Wendt, Director of the SWIRLS Research Centre at Flinders University, will MC and conclude the evening’s discussion.

Supporters of the event

Department for Child Protection
The Department for Child Protections works in partnership with vulnerable families, other government and non-government organisations, foster carers and the community to keep children and young people safe and give them the same opportunities as other young South Australians. Where children cannot safely stay in the family home the Department finds a place for them to live, preferably with kin or foster care families.

Flinders University
Through its education and research programs, Flinders University encourages new ways of thinking, and supports experimentation and daring, with the mission to contribute on an international scale through ‘changing lives and changing the world’. So we invite you to share and collaborate with us on our SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION journey. We will impart our knowledge and new discoveries, elevate discussion and inspire debate; all with the view to facilitate the betterment of our society.

Uniting Communities
For over 115 years Uniting Communities has worked alongside South Australians as they strive for a bright future and great lives, supporting them to overcome adversity and disadvantage. As a leading not-for-profit organisation, Uniting Communities provides more than 90 community service programs, including aged care, disability support, youth services, homelessness intervention, foster care and family counselling. We strive to build compassionate communities and great lives through community strengthening, quality service delivery and advocacy.
U City is an innovation of Uniting Communities, offering independent retirement living, accessible accommodation, a social services hub, a function centre, along with hospitality, retail and community spaces. In developing U City, we are committed to creating a vibrant, integrated community that delivers much needed local community facilities and services.



Department for Child Protection
Uniting Communities


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(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Uniting Communities

43 Franklin Street, Adelaide


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