Care, Caring and Carers: International Perspectives

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Mercure St Paul’s Hotel Sheffield (City Suite A), 119 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JE

This event draws together leading international and national speakers and panelists with expertise in how support for carers has developed and care systems are changing in the UK, Finland, Taiwan & China. It features two panel sessions and four speeches from distinguished guests and will include time for discussion, Q&A and networking. It will interest practitioners, policymakers, researchers and organisations across the care sector.

The seminar will also launch the call for papers for the new International Journal of Care and Caring, to be published by The Policy Press in 2017. IJCC Editor-in-Chief Prof Sue Yeandle and members of the IJCC Editorial Board will speak about their aims for the new journal, its distinctive features and the contributions it invites.

Panel 1 will explore contemporary challenges, opportunities and debates about arrangements for supporting carers, from the perspectives of academic specialists who have been researching care and caring in Taiwan, Finland and in Europe. Madeleine Starr MBE, of Carers UK, will respond with a perspective based on her wide knowledge of the UK and international carers’ movements and their work and advocacy. 

Panel 2 will bring together experienced practitioners and researchers to discuss future opportunities for connecting policy challenges and research agendas on the seminar’s theme of care, caring and carers, and will close the seminar.

Our guest speakers draw on distinguished research records and wide experience:

Teppo Kröger, PhD (Tampere), is Professor of Social and Public Policy in the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He has held many research awards and published widely, including several books in English. His primary research focus is care policy in its various forms, including childcare and family policy, care services for disabled and older people, the reconciliation of work and care, the integration of formal and informal care, and the conditions of care work.

Tim Anfilogoff is Integration Lead for Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group. Tim has deep knowledge of policy and practice on care and carers and has worked on carers’ issues since the 1980s. His experience includes managing the National Carers’ Strategy and Carers Grant for the Dept. of Health, 1999-2000, writing practice guidance on the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000, leading Herts County Council to Beacon Status for Supporting Carers (2005) and managing Hertfordshire’s Older People and Complex Care Programme

Yueh-Ching Chou, PhD (Minnesota), is Professor in the Institute of Health and Welfare Policy, National YangMing University, Taipei, Taiwan. Her main research interest is on intellectual disability (ID) and on parents, family and carers supporting people with an ID living in the community. Formerly a community social worker in Taipei, a social administrator at Taiwan’s Department of Social Affairs, and a formal carer in a residential setting working with people with ID, her current research focuses on the reconciliation between paid work and unpaid caring among mothers of adult children with ID. 

Wenjing Jin is a PhD student in the School of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds, where she holds the China Scholarship Council/University of Leeds award. Wenjing has a first class degree and Masters in Social Policy & Social Work from the prestigious University of Fudan and is now studying care of older people living at home at a time of significant change in China in national and local arrangements for supporting older people. Wenjing is preparing a thesis based on her fieldwork in 2015 in two districts of Shanghai with older people, their family carers, care workers and local community stakeholders. She was awarded the China Ministry of Education National Scholarship in 2010, and the Fudan University postgraduate scholarship in 2013.