ACP Annual Conference 2020 - Call for papers now open!

Modern Families: Working with and Thinking about Vulnerable Children, Parents and Families

Date: Friday 26 June and Saturday 27 June 2020

Venue: The Professor Stuart Hall Building, University of London Goldsmiths College, 80 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW 


We are delighted to announce that the ACP 2020 conference is focusing on Modern Families: Working with and Thinking about Neglected and Vulnerable Children, Parents and Families.

We are very keen to ensure that we hear as many people’s voices as possible. To this end we want to create a containing structure for the conference which will encourage the widest participation by members and supports new ways of presenting and engaging in dialogue with colleagues.

We therefore invite you to submit a proposal about the topic of your presentation including details of how you would like to deliver it.

This might be:

  • a long or short paper presentation
  • panel discussion
  • video
  • poster or other visual approach
  • a reflective discussion group 

This list is not exclusive and we are looking for a wide range of engaging ways of promoting discussion, of catalysing action and of understanding the issues and dilemmas raised by our theme.


How to submit a proposal:

The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday 13 February 2020.

Please submit proposals to – proposals submitted after the deadline cannot be considered.

Please send by email a 500-word (max.) outline of your proposed presentation setting out clearly:

  • The idea or proposition you wish to explore including the dilemmas or challenges it raises
  • Your argument or hypothesis and the issues that you want the conference to consider
  • The relevance of your presentation to the conference theme
  • How you plan to present your material and engage with participants


In your covering email, please be sure to state:

  • The working title of your presentation
  • Your name (and the names of any co-presenters)
  • Your email address and phone number
  • Whether this is your first time as a presenter at this or similar conferences

For further information about submitting your proposal, or discussion of an idea for a presentation, please email either Marie Bradley or Jan Steel with your questions.


Last but not least:

Understanding the nature of the contemporary world in which we live and work is a significant overarching and underlying theme to the focus of the 2020 Conference. Please consider including presentations and questions addressing some of these issues:

  • What are the public health arising from these issues and the challenges associated with them? What do we as a profession think about them? What can we add to the public health debate and how?
  • Considering the opportunities and challenges of developments in social care services for effective and integrated good practice in working with individuals and professionals in these services?
  • How might these questions shape research from the profession?


Click here to find out more about our conference theme - Modern Families: Working with and Thinking about Vulnerable Children, Parents and Families