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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


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A number of requests have been received to book to attend Congress 2015 in this financial year - 2013/2014.

To this end we have OPENED BOOKINGS NOW - rather than the advertised date of 14 July 2014. 

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

 Information on accommodation and the Congress Gala Dinner will be available shortly on the Congress webpages.

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



The NSPCC has published a major report which looks at he child protection issues facing the United Kingdom,.  Launched today, 31 March 2014, the report 'How safe are our children? 2014' by Sonja Jutte, Holly Bentley, Pam Miller and Natasha Jetha, is based on the latest available public data, often from government sources, and provides the most comprehensive collection of statistical information on child protection in the UK.  The report provides a context from recent trends in responses to child abuse and neglect. The report seeks to measure the extent of abuse and neglect in the UK. To do this the authors have identified 20 different indicators of child safety and for each of these it reports on the available data and provides an analysis of the implications. These indicators include: child homicides recorded by the police; child mortality; child suicides; recorded sexual offences against children; self-reported prevalence of abuse and neglect; survey data on online harm; referrals accepted by social services; children in need due to abuse or neglect; and many others. For the first time there is a new indicator on public attitudes to abuse and neglect. Together the indicators help provide an answer to the question how safe are our children?  Access the full report here. 


SILP Lead Reviewer Course takes place over 3 days in June in Sheffield, so visit this link for further information.

BASPCAN commissioned a report 'Family Involvement in Case Reviews'. A hard copy can be purchased at £15.
For information and to purchase this report click here.

BASPCAN members have been offered a discount at a future planned conference  by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Child and Family Training on 15th July in London. Please contact by email  training@lucyfaithfull.org.uk for a booking form and further information.  


BASPCAN  would like to send congratulations to Prof. Jenny Pearce and all the staff at the "International Centre: on Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking" at the University of Bedfordshire. Jenny is one of the Associate Editors for Child Abuse Review and has been a keynote speaker at recent BASPCAN conferences in Nottingham and Belfast in relation to her work on child sexual exploitation. On Thursday 27th February  Jenny will attend Buckingham Palace to receive one of only twenty awards being made to higher and further education institutions recognising and celebrating outstanding innovative work:
Please visit the website for further information.


NSPCC REPORT LAUNCH TODAY - ' WOULD THEY ACTUALLY HAVE BELIEVED ME?' A focus group exploration of the under-reporting of crimes by Jimmy Savile 

A focus group exploration of the under-reporting of crimes by Jimmy Savile has been written by Louise Exton and Kam Thandi who work on the NSPCC Helpline. It was commissioned by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which asked NSPCC to carry out a series of focus groups with victims that had come forward. The focus groups sought to identify common themes that prevented victims reporting to the police at the time of the abuse and to explore how police can improve the management of the reporting process and subsequent interviews and contacts.
The report looks at the reasons why Savile's victims did not report the crimes at the time of the abuse, and their subsequent experiences. We are grateful to those people who contributed to this piece of work.
Please access the report here.