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Lumos holds a variety of events throughout the year which help to share knowledge about de-institutionalisation and how to develop services that are needed to support children to live within a family.  Read more about Lumos's training courses, conferences, workshops and speaking engagements.

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02/08/2016
Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ
This four-day introductory course has been designed specifically for an international audience to guide policymakers and senior level managers and practitioners through the process of deinstitutionalisation (DI) and to help identify what needs to be done, at what stage and by whom. It helps explore the risks and the challenges of this process but also offers practical solutions that have been developed by peers and DI experts with decades of experience in deinstitutionalisation programmes. At the end of the course, delegates will understand the key principles of a thorough methodology of deinstitutionalisation and will have the tools to begin planning a DI programme. Please be aware that in many cases Lumos provides further training on each element of the methodology to support programmes in detail. The training is free to attend for relevant policy makers and senior level practitioners but delegates are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs. The training will be delivered in English only but we welcome enquiries about the course being developed in other languages for specific audiences.
 
Who should attend:
 
  • Government Ministers
  • Senior policy-makers who are involved in social
  • welfare and reform, children’s services, education or
  • health services.
  • Local politicians and local government officials with
  • responsibility for children’s services
  • NGO staff responsible for designing and delivering
  • DI services
  • Organisations/government agencies responsible for
  • funding children’s services

Please note the course is now full but let us know if you would be interested in attending the course in 2017 by emailing training@wearelumos.org.

Download the flyer and programme here. 

GPCWD Task force on child protection Side Event COSP 2016
16/06/2016
1:15pm - 2:30pm
UN Headquarters, Conf. Room: 4
The objectives of this event are to: provide a picture of the different disability inclusive initiatives on ending violence against children and adolescents that are currently underway; identify successful approaches towards inclusive community-based child protection mechanisms; and present what measures should be taken by governments, the United Nations, civil society and others to ensure that end violence initiatives are inclusive of all children, including children with disabilities. To register, please reserve your seat by 15 June following this link.
 
Speakers at the event include: 
 
  • Krzysztof Michałkiewicz, Secretary of State, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, Poland 
  • HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, President, Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. 
  • Mánus de Barra, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
  • Adrienne Monteath-Van Dok, Research and Knowledge Management, Plan International 
  • Fernanda de Almeida Santana – young autistic self-advocate, ABRAÇA Brazil / Autistic Minority International
  • Representative of the Global Partnership on Violence Against Children

Moderator: Lumos' CEO, Georgette Mulheir

Video statement from Ashura Michael - young self-advocate with hearing impairment, Kenya
 
The following are available to download: 
 
 
 
9th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD Side Event
14/06/2016
11:45am - 1:00pm
Conference Room D, United Nations, New York
Nolan.Quigley@wearelumos.org
As the focus of this year’s Conference of States Parties is “Implementing the 2030 Development Agenda for All Persons with Disabilities: Leaving No One Behind”, this side event will look at the need to develop national and international methodologies to count children with disabilities living outside of households, as well as the role that national level indicators and disaggregated data collection will play in ensuring that the rights of children and adults living in institutions or otherwise outside of households are met.
 
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities affirms that all persons with disabilities have the right to live the in the community and right to a family life. Children with disabilities whose immediate family are unable to care for them should be provided with the opportunity to be cared for by their extended family or in a family-based setting in the community. Furthermore, under the Convention on the Rights of the Child every child has the right to be cared for by their parents and to be protected from abuse and neglect. Despite these provisions, a significant number of children with disabilities worldwide continue to live in residential institutions. Despite the CPRD stressing the obligation on States to protect children with disabilities from any form of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and exploitation, violence and abuse - the institutionalisation of children with disabilities continues to cause irreversible harm.
 
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework which can help achieve many targets linked to health, nutrition, education, and protection from violence, exploitation and abuse for children with disabilities. However, there are some fundamental challenges which need to be addressed to ensure that the SDGs will reach all children and marginalised adults.
 
The side-event will aim to influence ongoing debates in relation to counting children outside family care, disaggregation of data by disability and care status, and the forthcoming UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
 
This event is hosted by: The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations
And co-sponsored by: the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations and Lumos
 
The agenda and event flyer are available to download below: 
 
EVENT FLYER (with list of speakers) 

 

07/07/2015
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 to Friday, July 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Country: United Kingdom
Contact: James Chamberlain
Telephone: 020 7253 6464
 
In order to transform outdated care systems, a process of deinstitutionalisation (DI) needs to take place whereby all current institutions for children are closed and new services created that meet the needs of all children and help to keep families together, in their communities. In order to achieve this transformation, politicians, policy-makers, senior managers and practitioners can be faced with an incredibly daunting task that spans policy, legislation, funding and communications, as well as social, education and health services.
 
Closing institutions is, truly, only one part of the process. This four-day training course has been designed specifically to guide policy-makers and senior level managers and practitioners through the process of deinstitutionalisation (DI) and to help identify what needs to be done, at what stage and by whom. It helps explore the risks and the challenges of this process but also offers practical solutions that have been developed by peers and DI experts with decades of experience in deinstitutionalisation programmes.
 
The week long training is free to attend for relevant policy makers and senior level practitioners but delegates are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs. The training will be delivered in English only but we welcome enquiries about the course being developed in other languages for specific audiences. Contact Tsvetelina.Smale@wearelumos.org or james.chamberlain@wearelumos.org for more information.
 
Download the event documents here and here
09/06/2015
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 
Time: 16:45 to 18:00
Country: United States
Venue name: UN Headquarters - Conference Room 12
 
On 9 June 2015, Lumos, Human Rights Watch, OHCHR and Light for the World will be co-hosting a workshop at the UN Conference of States Parties on the Convention of the Rights of Persons With Disabilities on how to make deinstitutionalisation and support for families a global priority. The event, kindly sponsored by the Government of New Zealand and the Delegation of the European Union to the UN is open to anybody with a UN pass or already accredited to attend the Conference.
 
Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and our campaign to #LeaveNooneBehind here.
 
For more information about the event, see here
11/09/2014
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014 
Time: 09:00 - 14:30
Country: Moldova
Venue name: Hotel Codru, Chisinau, 127, 31 August 1989 Street
Contact: Natalia Rotaru
Telephone: (+373 22) 240 238
 
Lumos, together with the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family, of the Republic of Moldova are holding a conference to present the outcomes obtained within the development process of the social service providers accreditation mechanism in the Republic of Moldova and to underline the role of social service providers accreditation for the development of social services and enhancement of their quality, in accordance with the beneficiaries’ needs.
 
Download the Conference Agenda here
26/06/2014
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 
Time: 09:30 to 16:30
Country: United Kingdom
Venue name: Shine, Harehills Road, Leeds LS8 5HS
Contact: John Steele
Telephone: 0207 253 6464
 
People with learning disabilities from across the UK will draw up a manifesto for the Government to end institutionalised care, and give them greater control of their lives, at a ground-breaking national event later this month. Our Voice, Our Choices, Our Freedom has been prepared by two leading organisations which believe people with learning disabilities have the right to live and flourish in their communities, not in closed institutions, and which work together to ensure the voices of people with learning disabilities are at the heart of the policy and decision-making that affects them. The organisations hosting the event are CHANGE, which campaigns for the rights of adults with learning disabilities, and J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, which works to end child institutionalisation in Europe and worldwide.
 
 
Download the event documents here and here
27/02/2014
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Friday, February 28, 2014 
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Country: Bulgaria
Venue name: Ramada Hotel, Sofia
Contact: Nela Vamporova
 
This is a two-day seminar on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based Care which help plan will how Bulgaria will access EU funds in its de-institutionalisation programme.
13/11/2013
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013  to Friday, November 15, 2013 
Time: 12:00 - 17:00
Country: Moldova
Venue name: Leogrand Hotel & Convention Center
Contact: Natalia Rotaru
 
Conference on the development of inclusive education practices in the Republic of Moldova. Led by the Ministry of Education in Moldova and Lumos.
 
For more information, see here.  
24/10/2013
Date: 24.10.13 to 25.10.13
Time: 09:00AM to 05:00PM
Country: Bulgaria
Venue Name: Hall Venus – 3d floor, 9 Dondukov blv., Sofia
Contact: Nela Vamporova

 

In the framework of the World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, Lumos and the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus present the two day event 'Treatment and Experiences of Children with Hydrocephalus in Bulgaria and their Families'. In addition to raising the awareness of the link between hydrocephalus and the institutionalisation of children into so called 'orphanages', the event will also focus on building the capacity of parents organisations to campaign and raise awareness of hydrocephalus treatment and related issues.

 

 

USEFUL LINK : 25 OCTOBER - WORLD SPINA BIFIDA & HYDROCEPHALUS DAY

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