‘Collaborating for Social Justice’ Theme of Fairness and Equity Symposium

Collaborating for Social Justice is the theme of this year’s Symposium on Fairness and Equity Issues in Child Welfare Training and Education, which will be held April 16 at The California Endowment’s Oakland Conference Center. The keynote speaker will be Robert K. Ross, M.D., president and chief executive officer for the California Endowment (pictured at right).

The symposium, hosted by CalSWEC, continues the tradition of providing a statewide forum for sharing training and education strategies to develop the workforce for delivering high-quality and equitable social services in California.

Attendees will participate in interactive presentations, discussions, and workshops that address how cross-systems collaborations can enhance equity through the principles of the emerging statewide California Child Welfare Core Practice Model.

Who Should Attend
Trainers, educators, and administrators from child welfare and collaborating fields who promote workforce development in equitable and culturally responsive service delivery to families and children involved in the child welfare systems. Collaborators include:

  • Child Welfare
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Education
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Dependency Court

Background of Theme
The theme Collaborating for Social Justice was chosen to convey the importance of collaborating across many child-serving systems to uplift the circumstances of children in care who are disenfranchised through no fault of their own by social exclusion due to poverty, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity, according to the symposium’s organizers.

As evidence mounts regarding similar patterns of inequalities in health, mental health, education, and involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems, the need for practitioners to collaborate for social justice across multiple disciplines becomes increasingly clear.

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