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Safeguarding infants from abuse and neglect - The Bessborough Centre workshop series 2014 Monday 24th November, 9.30am - 4.30pm
18 November 2014

This one-day workshop will focus on the issues practitioners face in making appropriate decisions concerning permanency plans when babies and infants are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. It will include presentations of research findings, discussions of their applicability and practical exercises using real life examples.

The following issues will be covered:

The impact of neglect and abuse on early childhood development

Risk and protective factors in families where children are likely to suffer significant harm

Issues concerning identifying and responding to neglect

Delayed decisions - their causes and consequences

Assessing parental capacity to change, including during pregnancy


The seminar will draw on evidence from the Safeguarding Children Research Initiative (Davies and Ward, 2012), on the recent literature reviews on Decision-Making within a Child’s Timeframe (Brown and Ward, 2012) and Assessing Parental Capacity to Change when Children are on the Edge of Care (Ward, Brown and Hyde-Dryden, 2014), and on the empirical studies of safeguarding babies and very young children from abuse and neglect (Ward, Brown and Westlake, 2012; Ward, Brown and Maskell Graham, 2012).

Harriet Ward is Professor of Children and Family Research at Loughborough University, UK. Professor Ward has over 20 years of experience as a social work practitioner, a researcher and policy advisor. Until recently Professor Ward directed Loughborough’s Centre for Child and Family Research and co-directed the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre, UK.

Professor Ward’s current research studies include a seven year prospective longitudinal study of infants suffering, or likely to suffer significant harm, the development of a pre-birth risk assessment pathway (with University of Warwick), reviews of the evidence concerning timeframes for responding to indicators of abuse and neglect in early childhood and parental capacity to change and outcomes of open adoption in Australia.

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