2017 UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre 8th Biennial International Conference June 8th & 9th


UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre 8th Biennial International Conference 

8th & 9th June 2017

Institute for Lifecourse and Society


Rediscovering Empathy; Values, Relationships and

Practice in a Changing World

Across the globe, the perceived decline in empathy, care and social solidarity is a cause for concern.  Empathy is the ability and/or inclination to understand and experience anotherís state or condition and, where appropriate, to respond through supportive actions.  Research has shown that empathy in individuals is essential to healthy social and emotional functioning and contributes to the enrichment of civic society. Conversely, where levels of empathy are compromised, studies have found an increased propensity to engage in anti-social behavior, such as bullying, aggression and offending behaviour.  For practitioners, empathy in direct relationship-based working is increasingly recognised as a cornerstone of good practice in work with children, young people and their families, while for society, there is an urgent need for empathy informed policy and action to address structural inequalities and disparities. The biennial UCFRC conference draws on national and international expertise to explore the concepts of empathy and relationship based working as they relate to policy and practice with children, youth and families.

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For more information please contact:

Gillian Browne,
UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, Institute for Lifecourse and Society

T:+353 91 495398
E-mail: Gillian.browne@nuigalway.ie