BASPCAN Congress: Thinking outside the box

BASPCAN Congress: Thinking outside the box

The major international congress will be held 8-11 April 2018 and brings together practitioners, survivors of abuse, researchers, trainers and policy makers.

BASPCAN is a registered charity and membership association providing education and professional development opportunities for child protection professionals, whilst also seeking to educate and inform the general public.

Their major international congress will be held 8-11 April 2018 and brings together practitioners, survivors of abuse, researchers, trainers and policy makers with the objective of helping everyone learn from each other, reflect and consider how to improve services to support families and protect children and young people.

The Congress’s full programme features a range of inspiring talks and workshops. There are six plenary sessions with nine keynote addresses and a Founders’ lecture from Cath White, founder of the St Mary’s SARC in Manchester. In addition there are 17 symposia, 21 workshops and 26 free paper sessions in which participants can learn, interact and reflect on the latest research and developments in child protection.

Particular highlights to look out for:

  • Diagnosis of Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Children -a critical multi-disciplinary review by Vincent Palusci - a must for paediatricians and of interest to lawyers, police and safeguarding leads.
  • New ways of thinking about professional practice with parents with learning difficulties where there are concerns about child neglect – a symposium with presenters from Bristol University looks at the evidence from different perspectives focussing on what work. Will be of interest to all those working with neglect - social workers, health visitors, GPs, designated health professionals
  • Safeguarding children: prevention and early intervention in public health nursing – a packed symposium highlighting innovative practice and future challenges. A great opportunity for health visitors, school nurses and others to reflect on how to work effectively in early help.
  • Decision making in the courts – a free paper session with cutting edge research and a focus on practice. This, together with Lord Justice Ryder’s key note address will really help in grappling with the challenging issues of working with the courts.
  • Make Resilience Matter for Children Exposed to IPV and Restorative approaches: the concept, process, skills and effect in family service provision – two workshops that looks at how we can apply concepts of resilience and restoration to working with children, young people and families.
  • Serious Case Reviews - exploring good practice – a discussion forum, where attendees can come along and share ideas and engage in thinking about how to learn from serious and fatal cases of child abuse and neglect.

The Oculus building at the University of Warwick is the main venue where all the plenary and parallel sessions during congress will take place. It has two lecture theatres and 12 breakout rooms. There is a spacious foyer area on two levels with plenty of opportunities for networking, browsing the exhibition stands and posters, and enjoying refreshments and meals.

There will also be a cultural ‘Out of the Box’ programme, with performances from Motionhouse Dance company, Playbox Youth Shakespeare company, Clare Shaw and Harry Venning – the poet and artist in residence and much, much more. A real highlight of the congress will be Tuesday evening’s interfaith event – How the light gets in – at Coventry’s iconic cathedral, with guest speaker Jatinder Birdi from the Warwick District Faith Forum. This will be an opportunity for all those affected by the abuse of children – survivors, practitioners and others – to pause and reflect; to acknowledge the pain caused by abuse, and to recognise the great work that is going on every day to protect children and support families. Don’t miss it.

To register for congress go to their website. BASPCAN are offering a special 10% discount for any groups of 3 or more.

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