Washington University Child Well-Being Symposium

Successful strategic efforts to promote the well-being of children, youth and families must be rooted in a sound sense of what constitutes child well-being, as well as knowing how to assess and measure progress toward its attainment.  Efforts to promote the well-being of children, youth and families in the St. Louis region will be bolstered by the Child Well-Being Symposium: Key to Global and Community Success sponsored by the Policy Forum at the Brown at Washington University in St. Louis.  That symposium series has both a local and international component and is intended to develop an action-based approach to improving public policy regarding children.

The symposium is envisioned as an opportunity for the academic, policy and practice communities to engage around a common definition of child well-being, how to measure it and how best to use research to shape policy and practices.  Planning for the symposium has been underway for more than a year and in April 2014 convocation of local children’s services providers and child advocates was held to connect practitioners to the scholars who will be featured in the November 2014 international symposium and to identify issues that might be addressed.

The Symposium, intended to develop an action-based approach to improving public policy regarding children will be significantly informed by the smaller group discussion taking place on April 23rd. One of the major themes of this Symposium is to bring world-class ideas and global thinking to bear on the regional issues of our local community. So in our attempts to connect our local resources with the global thought leaders on the subject of child well-being, the April 23rd meeting will also include virtual participation by invited international and national scholars who

VCR’s Children’s Policy Forum Website

This website — the Vision for Children at Risk Children’s Policy Forum site — has been specifically adapted to provide a forum in the St. Louis region to address issues related to promotion of the well-being of children, youth and families — particularly those who are in need and at risk.

The website will allow for the exchange of data and information, as well as serving as engagement tool for community action in this arena.  Policy research related to the Washington University Child Well-Being Symposium will be shared on this site and it will be used as a vehicle to coordinate and better align community initiatives to promote child well-being, particularly work related to the Ready by 21 St. Louis, the regions developing cradle-to-career collective impact effort.  The VCR Children’s Policy Forum website includes ancillary micro-sites for specific issue-focused community initiatives, such as Project LAUNCH addressing early childhood development and the St. Louis Family and Community Partnership focused on child welfare issues.  Additional micro-sites in other topic/issue areas will be added.