Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship based approaches in social work


Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in Social Work

DARE 2021 – 6th Biennial International Symposium


Mon 28th - Wed 30th June 2021








Multiple Presenters

The sixth DARE symposium will be online due to government pandemic restrictions. It builds on the fifth symposium in July 2018 which brought together over 150 delegates from 20 countries including senior practitioners, managers, policy makers, researchers, regulators and social workers in education and training.

From DARE:

“Dear colleagues, it has now become apparent that travel restrictions imposed due to the pandemic will continue into 2021. We had hoped to run our next DARE conference (due in 2020) in person in June 2021, but that is not possible. The arrangements made for the DARE 2020 conference have now been postponed to Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 June 2022.

For 2021, we are running a free online DARE conference with a more limited programme. DARE SIX will be online the mornings of Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 June 2021. Further details will be added to this website as available.

Abstracts accepted for the planned 2020 conference will be regarded as accepted for the DARE SEVEN conference in 2022. If you have already paid the registration fee, we will regard that as the fee for the 2022 conference on the revised dates unless we hear from you and unless the hotel costs change markedly. If you require re-imbursement, please contact Mrs Sharon Lucas, our administrator ( We look forward to seeing you in summer 2022 if not before!”

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Workshops, Conferences & Other Events

What would you like to attend?

We are eager to offer a full calendar of online and in-person workshops, conferences, lectures and discussion groups.  We are really keen to hear from people who have something to share with our audience.  We would like to hear from you about ideas for an event.

Do you know someone who might like to present to a GAPS audience? Is that you?


Writing for the GAPS Website

Do you have an idea for a short article you could write for GAPS?  We warmly invite those involved in social work practice and educators to think about what they would like to say to an audience with an interest in systemic thinking and therapeutic and relationship-based social work practice.

Our aim is to bridge the gap between practice and academic writing whilst opening up spaces for contemplation and stimulating discussion.

We encourage practitioners, educators and researchers to propose articles of 1,000 words or more for publication on this site and for discussion among our community.

We offer an authors' fee of £400 per article.