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Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work (DARE)

The 8th Biennial International Symposium «DARE conference» will be held at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Campus Toni-Areal, from Thursday 20th June to Friday 21st June 2024.

Important dates

After its successful run at Ulster University, Northern Ireland, for many years, we are excited to announce that the 2024 DARE conference now has a new location and will be held for the very first time in Zurich, Switzerland, at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

  • Notification of acceptance: March 8, 2024
  • Registration opens: March 8, 2024
  • Early bird registration closes: April 12, 2024
  • Conference: June 20 and 21, 2024


This biennial DARE conference series brings together researchers, managers, educators, policy makers, regulators and experienced practitioners to share developments on the related topics of:


This biennial DARE conference series brings together academics, practitioners, and policy makers to share developments on the related topics of decision, assessment, risk and evidence in social work. It is intended that the conference will provide an opportunity to strengthen networks and launch new research and development of initiatives in social work. DARE aims to support the development of professional knowledge and skills for the benefit of clients, families and societies.

Plenary speakers


We have received many exciting submissions and are pleased to announce the acceptance of 46 oral presentations, 2 symposia, 3 workshops, and 11 posters. The detailed program is available as a PDF below.

Discover Zurich's old town with our exclusive pre-conference sightseeing tour on June 19, 2024, from 4 to 6 pm. Join us for an exploration of this historic city center, completely free of charge. Registration is required, and spots are limited, so be sure to secure your place early. 

Day 1, 20 June 2024

Time Agenda
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Welcome and introduction
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Keynote: Rhema Vaithianathan, “Can using predictive risk models reduce racial bias?
Evidence from Child Welfare and Homelessness Systems”
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Coffee break
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Parallel sessions I
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Poster exhibition
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Keynote: Cheryl Regehr, “Stress, Trauma and Decision-Making in Social Work”
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM Coffee break
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM Parallel sessions II
5:45 PM - 7:15 PM Welcome reception
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Conference dinner (registration required)

Day 2, 21 June 2024

Time Agenda
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome coffee
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote: Brian Taylor, “Decisions, Assessment and Risk: Where Are We Now?”
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Coffee break
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Parallel sessions III
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Parallel sessions IV
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Coffee break
3:15 PM - 4:25 PM Parallel sessions V
4:25 PM - 4:35 PM Transfer to closing
4:35 PM - 4:55 PM Closing


  Early Bird
(until April 12, 2024)
Standard fee
Participant from high-income countries 265 CHF (ca. 280 EUR*) 335 CHF (ca. 353 EUR*)
PhD students/students from high-income countries 165 CHF (ca. 175 EUR*) 210 CHF (ca. 221 EUR*)
Participants and PhD students/students from non-high-income countries** 145 CHF (ca. 153 EUR*) 175 CHF (ca. 185 EUR*)

* Based on exchange rate on  October 26, 2023. Check the current exchange rate.



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