The 7th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators will be held on 27-29 August 2019 in the Dorpat Convention Centre in Tartu, Estonia, and we are happy to once again be part of it. What makes the conference special is the symbiosis of scientists, practitioners and policymakers who come together for one goal – to find better ways to increase child well-being.

Child indicators research has advanced enormously since the International Society for Child Indicators was launched in Oslo in 2005. Six ISCI international conferences [here] have been held in different parts of the world. The 7th ISCI conference will be an opportunity to reflect on progress and to envisage the future of child indicators research in an increasingly complex world. It is a forum for sharing new
insights and methods of understanding children’s lives, discussing ways to improve children’s wellbeing, and demonstrating advancements in child indicators work. The conference also aims to provide a space for deepening understandings of children’s rights in relation to their subjective well-being

Presentations will encompass a broad range of topics related to child indicators research that bridges research, policy and practice in time and space. New approaches to understanding children’s well-being and to enhancing the connections between theory, policy and practice, are welcomed.

Download the full program book here.


  • ’Cross-world’ approaches to child wellbeing and child indicator work
  • Comparative methodologies for understanding children’s wellbeing
  • Measurement issues related to child wellbeing and understanding children’s lives
  • Children’s rights, wellbeing and indicators
  • Child indicators and advocacy in justice systems
  • Research- and knowledge-minded social work, educational and behavioural practices with children
  • Bridging research, policy and practice: conceptualisation and communication issues


  • Everyday lives of children
  • Children – the bearers of rights
  • Children’s and practitioners’ voices in the context of justice
  • Child wellbeing development practices
  • Children’s welfare and children at risk (e.g., poverty, maltreatment, etc)
  • Childhood vulnerabilities: research-policy-practice
  • Social media and wellbeing
  • Child wellbeing and social and educational services
  • Participation, protection and provision in children’s perspectives
  • Children in migration