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Centre for Child and Family Research

CCFR Safeguarding Children Conference

On Friday 4th July 2014 a major conference organised by Loughborough University examined the complex issues surrounding the welfare of children.

Professionals tasked with safeguarding and promoting the welfare of abused and neglected children face exceptionally complex and difficult challenges.  They have to judge whether a child is suffering, consider what action should be taken and when, and plan how can resources best be deployed – a matter crucial in the current economic climate.

The conference which was organised by the University’s Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) provided an opportunity for those working in the arena of child welfare to hear about current expert research in the area.

Keynote speakers included Professor Erik Knorth from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, Professor Jane Barlow from Warwick University, Professor Harriet Ward, Loughborough University, Robert Tapsfield from The Fostering Network and Tom Rahilly from NSPCC, as well as other colleagues from CCFR.  Presentations covered issues such as:

Professor Harriet Ward, commented: “The theme for the conference was that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.  We wanted to share important findings from research in this area with those involved in protecting children. Providing expert information and support will help them tackle the difficult challenges they face on a day to day basis.”

Knorth, E.J. Professor (2014) Child placement in Europe - rates, types, and attitudes

Tapsfield, R., McDermid, S. and Trivedi, H. (2014) Head, Heart, Hands: social pedagogy in UK foster care

Ward, H. and Hyde-Dryden, G. (2014) Overcoming Adversity and Capacity to Change

Barlow, J. and Lushey, C. (2014) Pre-Birth Assessment and Promoting Attachment

Holmes, L. and Brown, R. (2014) Costs and outcomes of effective reunification



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