Social Services Conference: Diverse International Approaches to the Prevention of Violence and Abuse

  • University of Illinois at Chicago

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Chicago’s first social services exchange, Chicago Sister Cities International is hosting a two-day conference, June 9 & 10, 2017, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The conference theme is “Diverse International Approaches to the Prevention of Violence and Abuse” and the areas of focus will be: child abuse and neglect; youth violence; elder abuse; and gender-based violence.

Conference objectives include:

  • Learn about a variety of cultural visions and best practices which address and empower at-risk populations, including youth, women, and elderly
  • Highlight how this exchange model addresses the interconnected social challenges faced by cities around the world
  • Strategize how to expand cross cultural collaboration to improve social services globally
  • Commemorate the 20th anniversary of Chicago hosting and expanding this innovative social services exchange model

Official delegates from the seven cities that have participated in past exchanges will present information about work being done in their country. During the second day of the conference the delegates will exchange ideas about the benefits of best practice sharing and ways that the exchange can be sustained.

The participating sister cities include Birmingham, UK; Casablanca, Morocco; Durban, South Africa; Hamburg, Germany; Osaka, Japan; Paris, France; and Shanghai, China.

This conference is free and open to the public. Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be available to social workers for a nominal fee.

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