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Joining BASPCAN for 2014 costs £75 for an individual (when paid by direct debit), £89 for an individual by any other method, £138 for an organisation or £255 for an agency. See our Membership page for full details and benefits.

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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED

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

CONGRESS BOOKINGS ARE OPEN

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.

The Congress 2015 website pages will be regularly updated so please follow this link for all information



BASPCAN GRANTS FOR CHILD PROTECTION RESEARCH 2014  - CLOSE 31 AUGUST 2014

Please click on this link for the full criteria and application form.


NEW IN AUGUST 2014

The following  statement is released Monday 11 August 2014 from Dr John Devaney, Chair and all BASPCAN Board of Trustees members:-

"BASPCAN has noted over recent weeks the events unfolding in the Middle East in Syria, Iraq, Israel and Gaza. As the leading multi-disciplinary association for child protection in the United Kingdom and Ireland the BASPCAN Trustees and members recognise the humanitarian crisis and the resultant impact on children's safety and well-being. We would support calls for the UN to use all its powers to alleviate the suffering of children caught up in these conflicts."


Congress 2015 - A record number of Abstract Submissions have been received for the 9th Congress, April 2015.  These are currently under review and all submittees will be advised of the Scientific Committee's decisions by 31 October 2014.

Please note that the 2014 Research Grant Programme closes on 31 August.  Details above.

Adrian Thorpe ( Director of Social Consultancy Ltd and Seminar Co-ordinator in the field of Domestic Abuse and Social Health) is  raising money for Equation, a Domestic Abuse Charity, by walking barefoot across a 15ft glass-walk on Friday 5th September in Nottingham. Visit on LinkedIn or  www.virginmoneygiving.com/AdrianT


NEW IN JULY 2014

CHILD ABUSE REVIEW CALL FOR EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS - For further information click he


 

Today sees the launch of  a National Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment (intrafamilial) by the Children's Commissioners Office. The Inquiry follows findings from their recent work on child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups during which they spoke to many children who experienced sexual abuse in the family environment which had gone unaddressed.

The launch is accompanied by publication of an assessment of research into this form of abuse commissioned by the Office of the Children's Commissioner from Middlesex University. This Rapid Evidence Assessment reveals a lack of direct research with children and young people who have experienced this form of sexual abuse.

Sue Berelowitz
Deputy Children's Commissioner for England

Links to further information on the National Inquiry - Inquiry Briefing  Press Release   It's a Long Journey    

NEW IN JUNE 2014

DNA are conducting a survey on Social Media and they would like to know how social work is viewed in the media and what your views are on its impact on the profession. It's an accepted fact that the vast majority of the population are influenced by broadcast, written or social media.
Please do take the time to answer the 10 questions for them as they  want to make a difference to the profession.
The survey is here http://wp.me/P3X8kL-CH

 


NSPCC MEDIA INITIATIVE ON FRIDAY 30 MAY ON EMOTIONAL NEGLECT/EMOTIONAL ABUSE

On Friday 30 May the NSPCC issued a media release that highlights the significant increase in the number of calls and contacts that the NSPCC Helpline received last year (2013/14).  In that year they received calls/contacts from over 8,000 people.  Of these over 5,000 cases were referred to local authorities and the police (in comparison with 3,629 in the previous year).

The media release points out that the government is currently considering  the need for a "Cinderella law" to update the 1933 law of child cruelty to include emotional neglect and emotional abuse.

Information on this initiative was posted on the NSPCC website on 30th May 2014  (www.nspcc.org.uk).

 

NEW IN MAY 2014

CFAB is pleased to announce the findings of their research on International Kinship Care.

15 May 2014, London: Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB), a unique UK-based international social work charity,  announced the key findings of its international kinship care research. This launch coincided with the International Day of Families, a day dedicated to celebrating families and promoting awareness of issues for families.

The Project, carried out by CFAB's Research and Development Team, examined the outcomes for children in alternative care who were offered permanency with extended family members residing overseas, rather than remaining in care in the UK. To view the full report, visit: http://cfab.org.uk/about-cfab/publications/ or click here for executive summary

For more information, please contact Angela Wilson:
angela.wilson@cfab.org.uk ; +44(0)20 3176 0247


 

Press Release: Child sexual abuse Helpline missing four times the number of calls it is taking - **EMBARGOED, THURSDAY MAY 12th, 2014**
Please click here for the full report from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation


The UK's four biggest internet service providers (ISPs) have today launched a child-safety initiative called Internet Matters, as part of the Government's crackdown on the content children have access to online. read more at this link



Launch 30 April 2014 - Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group's Recommendations for the prevention of child sexual abuse and better support for victims

Recent high profile child sexual abuse scandals, including the crimes of Jimmy Savile, have thrust the issue of historical sexual abuse into the spotlight, but less so the realities of child sexual abuse today. In seeking to bring the focus onto children suffering now, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) launched a seminar series on child sexual abuse in autumn 2013. This brought together Parliamentarians, child protection professionals, experts, charities, and young people to discuss topics including intra-familial abuse, peer to peer abuse and young people's harmful sexual behaviour, and prevention of child sexual abuse within institutions.

The linked document summarises the findings of the seminars and the six recommendations the Group make as a result. It highlights the Group's concerns that, despite progress, the current Government response to child sexual abuse is fractured, meaning that certain aspects are not receiving the necessary attention and children may be being left at risk. In order to create a more coherent approach to the issue, the Group make six recommendations to Government, covering topics such as improved training, clarity on information sharing, a more consistent response to harmful sexual behaviour, better support for victims, and improved whistleblowing and reporting mechanisms.