Sep 23rd 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Hilton Hotel - Kilmainham, Dublin 8

This is a free event but booking is essential

You can book by clicking on the link below or by phoning the IFCA Office at 01 4599474. Booking closes on 13 September at 23.30. We look forward to welcoming you on the day.

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There are vacancies on the IFCA Board for the coming year. If you wish to nominate someone to the board; please read the guidelines on the IFCA Nomination Form; complete and sign the form; ensure person you are nominating signs the form and return to the office between 31st August and midday, Wednesday, 20th September.

Nominations to IFCA Board at AGM.pdf

If you are unable to attend the AGM but wish to have your say in the nominations to the board, please complete the IFCA Proxy Voting Form and return to the office by midday, Thursday 21st September.


10.30 - 11.00 Registration, tea and coffee
11.00 - 12.00 AGM
12.00 - 14.00 Guest speaker - Judith Furnivall, 'Recognising and developing resilience'
14.00 - 15.00 Light lunch

AGM Papers

A copy of the IFCA 2016 Audited Accounts will be available here from 13 September 2017 for review prior to the AGM.

Finalised Nomination Form will be available from 21st September.

Recognising and developing resilience

We are excited to announce Judith Furnivall as the special guest speaker on Recognising and developing resilience at this year’s AGM. Following her very well received keynote presentation at IFCA’s 2016 Conference, we have invited Judith back to speak on another topic.

In her presentation, Judith will explore with us what resilience is and how we can build it in ourselves and in the children we care for. In recent years resilience has been a positive focus of a great deal of exploration and research. Resilience is not a fixed trait in any of us and can only be demonstrated in conditions of hardship or adversity. Three different capacities have been observed in resilient children: they are better equipped to resist stress and adversity, to cope with change and uncertainty, and to recover faster and more completely from traumatic events or episodes (Newman and Blackman, 2002). One important aspect of resilience is the ability to identify positive outcomes or aspects of difficult experiences. Judith’s talk will offer the opportunity to examine this topic in depth with a highly-respected researcher and presenter

About Judith

Participants who attended Judith’s keynote presentation said, ‘Judith Furnivall was brilliant’, ‘Could have listened to her longer’, ‘I loved Judith Furnivall’s presentation’. She is a lecturer at the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), based in the University of Strathclyde, and a founder member and the vice-chair of Scottish Attachment in Action. As well as her interest in attachment, she maintains a focus on the need to adopt an approach to vulnerable children that is informed by a trauma perspective and that appreciates the importance of recognising and developing resilience.