Pre-conference events

Visit the registration page to reserve your place at a pre-conference event. If you do not plan to attend ISSA Conference 2017, select the “I don’t plan to attend the Conference” option on the registration form to choose your event. Some events have a limited number of seats. To make sure you reserve your seat, register as soon as possible.


Intervention packages to support nurturing care

Hosts: WHO, UNICEF, University of Ankara and ISSA
Date: October 3, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 17:00
Location: The conference venue, Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent, meeting room Zaal rector Vermeylen

This free, pre-conference workshop will offer an orientation on and general information to two intervention packages to support nurturing care: Care for Child Development (CCD) and the International Guide for Monitoring Child Development (GMCD). The workshop will inform participants of the potential of these tools, and also equip them with new insights and knowledge, thus being a professional development opportunity.

WHO and UNICEF developed the Care for Child Development intervention package to assist caregivers in building strong relationships with young children and solve challenges in providing nurturing care. CCD incorporates responsive caregiving in building relationships between caregivers and children. Through activities of play and communication, adults learn how to be sensitive to the needs of children and respond appropriately to meet them.

The International Guide for Monitoring of Child Development (GMCD), developed by University of Ankara, is a free-of-charge comprehensive package informed by bio-ecological theory. The GMCD package enables providers to monitor and support children’s development, support caregivers in providing nurturing, responsive stimulation, identify and address health and psychosocial risk factors, and apply community-based early interventions.

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Developing sustainability through fundraising

Hosts: The Management Centre and ISSA
Date: October 3, 2017
Time: 9:30-17:00
Location: The conference venue, Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent, meeting room Blancquaert

This one-day training is designed to help ISSA members, and other organizations in attendance, sustain their work through successful fundraising. We will explore how to raise funds from Foundations, Companies and Individuals nationally and internationally for your projects and even core costs. The day is designed to give you the skills and confidence to secure more resources whether you’re brand new to fundraising or have some experience but want to improve your performance.

The workshop has been developed in association with ISSA to make sure it exactly meets your needs.

The programme will be led by one of Europe’s leading fundraising consultancy experts, Bernard Ross, Director of The Management Centre in the UK. The Management Centre team have worked in over 50 countries worldwide raising sums form €5,000 to €50M for organisations across the social sector in education, child development, health, inclusion and disability.

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Integrated services in the early years – towards an international platform for exchange

This pre-conference event is full. Please consider registering for another event.

Hosts: VBJK, Kind en Gezin, EXPOO and ISSA
Date: October 3, 2017
Time: 9:30-17:00
Location: The conference venue, Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent, meeting room Zaal rector Refter

Integrated services among organizations working with and for families is a hot topic- for policy makers, researchers and practitioners. In many countries the model of Family Centers is at the forefront.

Working in an integrated manner offers many opportunities (e.g. addressing fragmentation, higher accessibility to services for families, sharing expertise between professionals, better responses to actual needs …). However, there are also challenges.

In order to capture the opportunities and the challenges that arise in different countries, we want to set-up an international platform where capacity building and strengthening professional expertise on integrated services is central.

The focus of the pre-conference is on accessibility of integrated services. The objective is to stimulate discussion; sharing expertise and knowledge among different countries. Hence, participants of the conference can visit inspiring practices. Interactive discussion methods will be used in order to stimulate the exchange of ideas.