2020 Conference: Beyond Blame: Accountability Now?

This year’s annual conference, run in association with the Susanna Wesley Foundation, will take place on Tuesday, 1st December. Given the restrictions due to Covid-19, while we haven’t given up hope of offering physical participation as well, the conference will be fully accessible virtually whatever happens. More details will follow shortly.


There is understandable scepticism that the social and political structures that affect everyday life can be held to account. It is not difficult to find poor performance that hasn’t been challenged, systemic problems that are repeatedly investigated without real change and public policy that lets down those most in need. This day conference will look head on at the challenges of accountability whilst opening up your own work to the same questions.  

Three people who are in positions of being held to account and holding others to account will be asked to open up about the challenges they face. Key issues will be drawn from this and participants given an opportunity in small groups to reflect upon them. Colleagues wishing to attend and reflect together will be welcome. Alongside this Dr Helen Cameron will summarise some of the current academic thinking about accountability and relate it to themes in Christian theology.

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