Developing Cultures of Love, Learning and Relationship:

Residential Care Revisited

Where:    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

When:     09.30 – 17.00 1st July, 2019

How:       Keynote talks, interactive workshops, participant discussions



Outcomes for children in care in Ireland and the UK remain consistently poor despite decades of attempts to improve their trajectories. The charity, Compass CFS, utilises social pedagogy in exploring ways of looking after children and young people that truly nurtures their needs and potential in ways that resist the dominant discourses of reward and punishment that many services for children are based upon. Children in care are likely to have experienced trauma and abuse and their reactions to the world are frequently trauma based - behaviourist approaches can punish this trauma and, inadvertently cause more harm. The conference aims to showcase alternatives for working with children including trauma informed approaches and social pedagogical frameworks.



To stimulate dialogue, reflection and more effective ways of working.



  • Claire Cameron, Professor of Social Pedagogy at UCL Institute of Education

  • Robyn Kemp, Director, Kemp Consultancy, Social Care & Social Pedagogy Consultancy UK


We are inviting individuals and organisations to submit abstracts for 90min workshops that relate to the conference title "Developing Cultures of Love, Learning and Relationship: Residential Care Revisited". Submissions must be no more than 250 words and sent to by Friday 19th April 2019.


If you would like to discuss your idea for a workshop, please contact


Conference Fees:   Professionals €80

                               Non-professionals €60

                               Students (ID required) €10 (until May 17th)



Onsite accommodation is offered as an additional extra to registration package. Stay in a private, queen size bedroom with an en-suite, in a shared apartment for €52 per person, per night with breakfast. More information on accommodation in the “Accommodation” tab on    the right hand side of this page.

Compass Child & Family Services Conference

1st July 2019

University of Limerick