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9th BASPCAN Congress  Sun 12th - Wed 15th April 2015

'New Directions in Child Protection and Wellbeing: making a real difference to children's lives'

University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Follow this link for  all information regarding Congress -  making a booking, accommodation and exhibitor information, updates on Keynote speakers and more. Relevant heading is in the left hand menu.

There is an invitation to tender issued by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC), which is hosted by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). As part of the development of a NICE guideline on child abuse and neglect, the NCCSC is seeking a contractor to recruit and facilitate an External Reference Group of young people who have been affected by abuse and neglect. The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday 13 February.

Please see the link below for more details.


This is an open tender, so please do circulate to colleagues or organisations who you think may be interested

The British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN) welcomes the decision by the Scottish Government to establish a statutory public inquiry to examine historical cases of abuse of children in care in Scotland. Such an inquiry will help to ensure that children in care today will receive a higher standard of care, and it is positive to note that victims of historical abuse will have the opportunity to contribute to the inquiry. In April 2015 BASPCAN will be welcoming national and international delegates to its ninth Congress in Edinburgh when we will be discussing how communities, families and professionals can work together to keep children safe from abuse and neglect no matter where they live or with whom.

See all information here http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Inquiry-into-institutional-child-abuse-13b2.aspx


Today, Friday 9 January, the NSPCC is launching a public education campaign, called Share Aware, to help parents keep their children safe online.

The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 - the age at which they  start doing more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices.  The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe. Visit the campaign page  www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware.

Oxford Brookes University is running an event on 21 January 2015 entitled 'Better Late Than Never' in Oxford. This event is based around the 25th Anniversary of the UK Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. With an exciting line up of speakers please click here for the full information

A booklet has been launched which is a collection of stories imagery and artwork by Looked after Children and Care Leavers about their experiences of the Looked after Children's Nurses.  The initial project was presented at the previous BASPCAN Congress in Belfast and has now become the basis of in depth Doctoral research study by Lin Graham- Ray.  Lin hopes to explore themes around engagement and what happens to professional and care dynamics when nurses work in social care. Please click here to view the booklet.

BASPCAN experienced problems with our bankers, Royal Bank of Scotland in September/October 2014.  This problem impacted on our members and customers. RBS have now issued a full apology to BASPCAN and we wish to pass this on to all affected parties:

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND - letter dated 18 November - To Whom It May Concern:

'Due to an administrative error by The Royal Bank of Scotland and through no fault of BASPCAN, the accounts which they hold with the Bank were rendered non-operational between 11 September 2014 and 1 October 2014.

The Bank would like to sincerely apologise for any impact that this error may have caused you and I trust that this will in no way impact your relationship with our mutual customer.'

 A copy of the letter is here.

CALL FOR PAPERS SPECIAL ISSUE 2016 - Digital Technology, Child Abuse and Child Protection

If you are interested in making a contribution please click on this link for further information

New Publication 16 Oct 2014: Child Maltreatment in High Risk Familes: Julie Taylor and Anne Lazenbatt.  Dunedin Academic Press.  This publication commenced as a scoping report by NSPCC for the physical abuse in high risk families theme.  Further details are here. 

The postponed Welsh Branch conference will now take place in Wrexham on 29th January 2015. This is a day conference in the memory of Dr Carys Graham OBE entitled 'Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding Children'

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