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Building Communities of Care


IRN Start Date: 1 May 2019



Research with children living in challenging contexts, highlights the importance of holistic and contextually embedded services in supporting good outcomes. These findings also point to the value of strong communities in facilitating such outcomes. A constant resource situated in the lives of children, our question is: how can schools meaningfully re-establish communities of care, facilitating better outcomes for children?
In addition to a synthesis report, this IRN will investigate how schools have successfully established: 1) a restructuring of their services to shift attention from individualised mandates to one of community development; 2) successful collaboration with other services; and 3) enhanced community social networks and community resilience.
This IRN includes established and emerging researchers, service providers and knowledge users. The composition of the network means that the research will take place across multiple international sites (across 5 continents), draw on academic and grey literature, and that findings will be widely distributed.



Linda Liebenberg (Co-convener)

Dalhousie University; Halifax, Canada

Adjunct Professor

School of Social Work, Dalhousie University


Vanessa Scherman (Co-convener)

University of South Africa





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