BASPCAN is a membership association for professionals and volunteers working in the field of child protection.

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Joining BASPCAN for 2015 costs £92 for an individual by credit card or cheque, £142 for an organisation or £263 for an agency.It is possible to join for 2016 so please contact the office for information.

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'Child Abuse Review Journal' is part of the membership entitlement.


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Autumn events planned:

BASPCAN is holding two major national conferences in Autumn:

MON 5 OCTOBER 2015 - Birmingham
Beautiful Minds: Nurturing and Promoting Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People

- this one day event is aimed at professionals working across  a range of contexts who want to understand more about how they can promote children and your people's mental heath and wellbeing and respond more effectively to their needs.


FRI 6 NOVEMBER 2015 - Manchester
Invisible Children and Parents: Understanding Suicide and Self-Harm in Work with Vulnerable Clients - innovative practice from Barnardo's Safer Futures West

- this day will be relevant to practitioners at all levels, including their supervisors and managers, in all key agencies and organisations working in the safeguarding arena.

This day will also host the BASPCAN 34th AGM (see below)

Further information and booking details for both events can be found here


BASPCAN - the Association of England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales for Child Protection

Notice is hereby given of the

which is to be held on
Friday 6th November 2015 at The Novotel, Manchester

The AGM will be held as part of the National Conference 'Invisible Children and Parents: Understanding Suicide and Self-Harm in Work with Vulnerable Children' during lunch.

All BASPCAN members are invited, including those not attending the Conference

Nominations are sought for SIX ELECTED MEMBERS of the BOARD OF TRUSTEES in accordance with paragraph 11.6 of the Constitution.

Nominations are sought for the OFFICER positions of CHAIR, and HONORARY TREASURER in accordance with paragraph 11.4 of the Constitution.

All nominations must be made and seconded by two individual members of the ASSOCIATION with the agreement of the person nominated and must be received at the NATIONAL OFFICE by 25th September 2015.

A pen picture of the person nominated of around 50 words should accompany nominations. Should nominations exceed the vacancies there will be an election by postal ballot.

Proposed RESOLUTIONS for consideration at the Annual General Meeting should be received at the National Office by 23rd October 2015.

The BASPCAN Constitution can be accessed here

BASPCAN note that the Department for Education in England have published details of two new assessed and accredited management roles in children's social work. The knowledge and skills statements for the practice supervisor and practice leader statuses have been devised by a consortium led by consultancy firm KPMG. While BASPCAN welcome the opening of these documents to consultation, it is extremely regrettable and frustrating that the consultation commenced on 28th July 2015 with responses to be submitted by 1st September 2015. Such important and potentially helpful developments should be consulted upon, but this must be done in a meaningful way with the sector in order to instil both public and professional confidence in these new developments. As the leading organisation for professionals from a range of disciplines working in child protection, we would ask the Department of Education to consider how meaningful engagement and consultation is taken forward in the future.