On Monday May 13th 2019 the department hosted an Open Policy Debate on the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption in Ireland in respect of adopted children under 18. Key stakeholders were invited, including social work practitioners, representatives from government departments, Tusla - the Child and Family Agency, the Adoption Authority of Ireland, the community and voluntary sector, representative groups including organisations representing children’s rights and perspectives, and academia. The purpose of the day was to identify significant themes and perspectives in relation to this issue. The event was chaired by Dr. Valerie O'Brien, from UCD's School of Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice and the keynote speaker was Professor Elsbeth Neil, Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, a leading expert in post-adoption contact and director of the major longitudinal Contact After Adoption study. Professor Neil's presentation is available here.