Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to invite you to the annual Tusla Parenting Conference: ‘Strengthening Parenting Supports through Learning Together’

Our theme will be explored with an audience of parents, practitioners and colleagues from academic and policy communities through:

  • Showcasing the development of Parenting Learning Communities
  • Hearing from parents who have been involved in Parenting Support initiatives
  • Exploring the dynamics of learning together, wellbeing/mental health and parenting

The conference will showcase partnership and participation initiatives with parents.  It will also provide an opportunity for participants to develop an understanding of Parenting Learning Communities which are being developed with the support of the Parenting Support Champions. Currently there are 104 Champions around the country.


Date: Thursday, 31st May 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Dublin Castle

 Register by Friday, 18th May 2018

Register here

We encourage you to register early. You will be invited to select your workshops after registration.

Multiple bookings can be made for accompanying parents only. All staff should register individually.

David Tobis, Ph.D.

Sociologist and author of From Pariahs to Partners: How Parents and Their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System


Dr. Una Lynch

Midwife and public health nurse and has worked  in academia, practice and policy across the island of Ireland, Latin America, Africa and the World Health Organisation in Copenhagen. Dr Lynch was the trainer on Attachment in the context of ‘Empathise, Energise and Empowerment’ training for the Parenting Support Champions.

The conference is open to all Tusla staff across the continuum of care. We encourage staff working across all grades and disciplines to attend.   We would particularly encourage those who have not attended previous conferences to join us on the day.

The National Parenting Conference is an initiative of Tusla’s Prevention Partnership and Family Support Mainstreaming and Development Programme which is being funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Register here