National Events


BASPCAN Future events


Pathways to Harm, Pathways To Protection:
Learning From Serious And Fatal Child Maltreatment

  • 13 September 2016 – Royal Armouries International, Leeds
  • 7 October 2016 – Kings College London
  • 17 October 2016 – Maldron Hotel, Dublin
  • 31 October 2016 – The Bristol Hotel, Bristol
  • 4 November 2016 – Royal Angus Hotel, Birmingham
  • 29 November 2016 – Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

A series of one-day seminars drawing on learning from the Department for Education Triennial Review of Serious Case Reviews, 2011-14- released July 2016


These seminars will enable participants to learn key lessons arising from the recent triennial review of Serious Case Reviews, in order to inform opportunities for improving practice in interagency working to safeguard children.

The structure of the day will include:

  • Presentation of model of pathways to harm and pathways to protection: fresh approaches to using systems methodology
  • Presentation of key findings from the triennial review and previous biennial reviews
  • Child vulnerability and parent/carer risk
  • Individual case management
  • Working together dynamics
  • Agency structures, processes and cultures
  • Case-based discussion in groups to identify opportunities for prevention and protection in sample cases
  • Individual/group reflection on key learning points and how to embed these in practice

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants will be presented with a model for understanding pathways to harm and pathways to protection for children, drawing on systems methodology
  • Participants will be able to identify the key learning points arising from the triennial review and previous biennial reviews
  • Participants will use the pathways model to identify opportunities for prevention and protection in some sample cases
  • Participants will reflect on how the learning from the day can inform their own practice and lead to improvements in their services

Details of fees and key dates are here.

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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.

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