ALIGN Research Series Session Two – Understanding the Tensions and Priorities of Child Welfare in Alberta and Canada Virtual June 2, 2023


Title: Understanding the Tensions and Priorities of Child Welfare in Alberta and Canada
Date: June 2, 2023
Platform: Zoom
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MST

Change in the focus of child welfare legislation, policy and practice has been described as the swing of the pendulum ranging from more interventionist approaches that prioritize ensuring the safety of children on one hand to approaches that focus on building the well-being and support of families coming to the attention of child welfare. This presentation will examine data that supports child welfare change and highlight the current tensions in child welfare.

Presenter Bio: Bruce MacLaurin Adjunct Asst. Professor Faculty of Social Work University of Calgary
Bruce MacLaurin is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. He was a co-Investigator on the four cycles of the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect), as well as the Principal Investigator for different cycles of provincial or territorial studies in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and NWT. He has consulted to provincial and territorial governments on evidence-informed practice and served as an expert member for: legislation review in Northwest Territories; fatality reviews for the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate in Alberta; the Ministerial Panel on Child Fatalities and Child Intervention; and the Auditor General of Canada Review of the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly. His research and publishing have focused on child maltreatment, child welfare service delivery and outcomes, foster care, youth at risk and street-involved youth.

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