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25th Anniversary Conference ‘Child Abuse Review’

‘Evidence–Informed Practice, Practice-Informed Research’

18 November 2016
Royal Angus Hotel, Birmingham

BASPCAN are delighted to announce an important conference to be held in November 2016, which marks the 25th anniversary of the flagship journal ‘Child Abuse Review’. Professor Jane Appleton and Dr Peter Sidebotham have released the information as below and we are announcing a Call for Abstracts.

The structure of the day will include:

  • An optional pre-conference breakfast meeting for delegates on how to get published in ‘Child Abuse Review’
  • An opening plenary session setting the theme
  • Two parallel sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon on the following themes:
    • Child sexual exploitation
    • Neglect
    • Domestic violence
    • Translating research into practice
  • A closing plenary and celebration of 25 years of Child Abuse Review.

Each parallel session will include one invited keynote lecture, a number of short presentations from submitted abstracts, and a plenary discussion. We have confirmation from Professor Marian Brandon, University of East Anglia, Professor Jenny Pearce, University of Bedfordshire and Dr Stephanie Holt, Trinity College Dublin, for the keynotes lectures on Neglect, Child Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Violence respectively. Professor Nicky Stanley, University of Central Lancashire, has confirmed she will make the opening keynote presentation and Professor Margaret Lynch, founding editor of Child Abuse Review will chair the first plenary session.

We invite you to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster at the conference within one of the four key themes.

The closing date for submission of abstracts is Thursday 30 June 2016 and successful notifications will be made by Friday 29 July 2016.

An abstract form is available at this link.

In line with most scientific conferences, presenters at the event will be required to register and pay to attend as a delegate; however I am pleased to advise that earlybird registration will be in place to ensure you have opportunity to book at a special discounted rate which will be available until Sunday 31 July. As the conference promises to be a flagship event in celebration of the ongoing success of Child Abuse Review and should you decide to not submit a paper for consideration, we do hope that you will still attend and encourage colleagues to do likewise.

Details of fees and key dates are here.

We look forward to receiving your submission. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the BASPCAN National Office, where staff will be pleased to assist.

Please book at this link at



Learning from Experts-by-Experience
Working with parents who have mental health problems: Understanding how to develop inclusive practices in child protection

Monday 27th June
The Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS1 3HB


Kate Crawford, mother, voice hearer and expert-by-experience
Dr Gail Coleman-Oluwabusola, consultant clinical psychologist
Olafare Oluwabusola, father and expert-by-experience
Siobhan Beckwith, alongside speakers from the Mothers Apart project, Kirklees
Clare Shaw, educationalist, writer and mother
Tamsin Walker, mother, activist, educationalist and illustrator

Flyer here with programme and speaker information