The British-Irish Council, established as part of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, is a forum for consultation and co-operation between eight member administrations: the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Scotland and Wales (see www.britishirishcouncil.org). Among its areas of work are a range of topics relevant to social policy, including demography, early years, housing, misuse of substances, social inclusion and transport. This seminar aims to raise awareness of this work and to provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners to exchange views on the value and future potential of the British-Irish Council as a forum for the exchange of policy and practice, as well as the overall benefit of comparing and sharing social policies and practices between the eight jurisdictions.
The final speaker list is being confirmed, but will include academics, a spokesperson from the British-Irish Council and practitioners with first hand experience of the BIC's work on social policy.
11:30 Registration opens, tea/coffee, networking opportunity
12:00 Sandwich lunch, tea/coffee, networking opportunity
12:30 Opening remarks
12:40 Guest speaker: an overview of the social policy work of the British-Irish Council
13:30 Panel discussion: three panel speakers and chairperson. Audience participation
14:45 Concluding remarks
15:00 Event closes, tea/coffee, networking opportunity