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Friday 4th July 2014 - Safeguarding Children: Everybody's Business - CCFR one day conference
20 February 2014

Centre for Child and Family Research, Safeguarding Children: Everybody’s Business
Friday 28th March 2014, 9.00am – 3.30pm, Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University Campus, Loughborough.

Safeguarding children is everybody’s business. Professionals who are tasked with safeguarding and promoting the welfare of abused and neglected children are faced with exceptionally complex and difficult questions. Is this child suffering or likely to suffer significant harm? What action should be taken – and when? Do birth parents have the capacity to overcome abusive or neglectful behaviour patterns within a child’s timeframe? Should the child be placed away from home – and what will be the likely outcome? In the current economic climate there is also the inevitable question: how can resources best be deployed to promote better outcomes for these very vulnerable children and their families?

The Safeguarding Children: Everybody’s Business Conference provides an opportunity to hear messages from the latest research that aims to help answer these questions. Presentations cover issues such as long term outcomes for abused and neglected children; pre-birth assessment; parental capacity to change; safeguarding children through placement away from home; social pedagogy in foster care and the personal and financial costs of abuse and neglect.

Keynote Speakers include: Prof. Erik Knorth – University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Prof. Jane Barlow - Warwick University, Prof. Harriet Ward - Loughborough University, Robert Tapsfield - The Fostering Network and Tom Rahilly - NSPCC.


9.00 Arrival and coffee

9.30 Welcome, introduction and insight into child welfare research in Europe

Professor Erik Knorth [Chair], Collaborative Centre on Care for Children and Youth with behavioural and emotional problems: C4Youth, University of Groningen and Vice President of EUSARF

10.00 - 11.30 Safeguarding children within the birth family

10.00 - 10.45 - Pre-birth assessment and promoting attachment - Professor Jane Barlow, Director, Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit, Warwick University and Clare Lushey, Research Associate, CCFR

10.45 - 11.30 - Overcoming adversity and capacity to change - Professor Harriet Ward and Georgia Hyde-Dryden, Research Associate, CCFR

11.30 - 11.45 Coffee

11. 45 - 1.15  Safeguarding children in care

11.45 - 12.30 - Safeguarding children through supportive placements in care - Tom Rahilly, Head of Strategy and Development - Looked After Children, NSPCC

12.30 - 1.15 - Head, Heart, Hands: social pedagogy in UK foster care - Robert Tapsfield, Chief Executive, The Fostering Network, Samantha McDermid, Senior Research Associate, CCFR and Helen Trivedi, Research Associate, CCFR

1.15 - 2.00 Lunch

2.00 - 3.15 Safeguarding children through effective reunification

2.00 - 3.15 - Costs and outcomes of effective reunification - Lisa Holmes, Assistant Director CCFR and Rebecca Brown, Senior Research Associate, CCFR

3.15 - 3.30 - Summing up and closing remarks - Professor Erik Knorth and Professor Harriet Ward

Further information on how to register for the event is available here: CCFR Safeguarding Conference Booking Enquiries to Laura Dale at l.dale@lboro.ac.uk.



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