BASPCAN 10th International Congress

8th – 11th April 2018

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Thinking Outside the Box: innovative perspectives on protecting children and young people

 

About the Congress  

This major international congress will bring together practitioners, survivors of abuse, researchers, trainers and policy makers to learn from each other, reflect and consider how we can improve services to support families and protect children and young people.

We will be continually updating this information over the next few months: to register your interest and receive the latest updates as they become available, please email conferences@baspcan.org.uk with your email address and the header ‘Congress 2018 Updates’.

 

Poem of the Month, June

 The night before your sons’ birthday….

To read Clare’s poem for June click here

 

Click here to read Clare Shaw’s poem for May.

Clare is our poet in residence for the congress. She will be posting a poem each month, and will join us live during the congress.

 

 

Registration Now Open

The online registration for the BASPCAN 10th International Congress is now open so click here for more details and to book.

 

Call for Abstracts is Now Open for Presentations and Workshops

If you have a good idea, some original research or innovative practice that you can present, or if you are able to draw on your own experience as a survivor of abuse or someone who has been involved with family support services, we invite you to submit an outline (abstract) of your presentation.

Click here for guidelines and to submit an abstract.

 

The Congress Theme: Thinking Outside the Box

The theme of ‘Thinking Outside the Box‘ reflects our desire to learn and develop, encouraging participants to be creative and reflective, and to interact with each other.

As a congress participant you will:

  • Hear innovative and challenging keynote talks from a range of speakers within and outside the child protection fields
  • Update your knowledge and skills, learning from new and emerging research
  • Learn from survivors and users of family services (experts by experience)
  • Network with others who feel passionately about protecting children and supporting families
  • Reflect on theory, research and practice to gain a deeper understanding of child abuse and neglect
  • Celebrate the good work and progress that has been made in safeguarding children, while acknowledging the ongoing pain experienced by those affected by abuse and neglect, and recognising the need to continually learn and improve

The Congress Co-Convenors

Peter Sidebotham, Co-ConvenorDr Peter Sidebotham is a Consultant Paediatrician in Warwickshire and an Associate Professor of Child Health at the University of Warwick. He is a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and is Designated Doctor for Child Protection in Warwickshire.

Peter’s research includes studies on risk factors for child maltreatment and work on unexpected child deaths including sudden infant death syndrome, child death review and fatal maltreatment. He is the author/editor of three books and several book chapters and has published extensively on child abuse and child death review.  Peter is a Co-Editor of Child Abuse Review, the official journal of BASPCAN.

Peter contributes to training programmes in child health, safeguarding and child death review both locally and nationally. He is the course director of the University of Warwick advanced course in the Management of Unexpected Childhood Death,and has produced national training materials on child death review, safeguarding in dentistry and child protection for consultant paediatricians.

 

Dr Sam  Warner works as an academic, expert witness, psychotherapist, researcher, strategic adviser and trainer. Sam spent 20 years at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK first as a PhD student and then as a research fellow, leaving in 2015 to concentrate on clinical work, writing and strategic development. In the 1980s Sam worked in community groups in the third sector addressing issues of sexual violence and qualified as a consultant clinical psychologist nearly 25 years ago. As an academic and practitioner, Sam has always specialized in sexual violence, child abuse and domestic abuse, and their impact on mental health: from dissociation (including seeing visions, hearing voices and having dissociated parts) to self-harm and suicide.

She has written books, reports and papers on these issues. Sam has worked for the British Department of Health and been engaged by the British Government’s Stabilisation Unit as, respectively, a national advisor and international expert on sexual violence and mental health. Currently Sam provides clinical oversight to Barnardos Safer Futures services, North West, UK. This includes working with their looked after children team, child sexual abuse recovery team, sexually harmful behaviour team; child sexual exploitation team and domestic abuse team.

Sam holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of West London and is an Honorary Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Salford University. Sam is also Co-Chair of the BASPCAN Education, Learning and Policy Sub-Committee.

Click here to hear an invitation from Peter.

Programme

We have put together an inspiring programme of keynote talks, free papers, symposia and workshops that will allow you to update your knowledge and skills, learning from new and emerging research and interacting with others who feel passionately about protecting children and supporting families
Click here to see further details of the programme

Congress Themes

  • Understanding child abuse and neglect
  • Prevention
  • Investigation, Assessment and Planning
  • Protection, Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Learning to Listen: To children, To families, To practitioners

Participant Streams

  • Experts by Experience
  • Survivors of Abuse
  • Users of Services: Practitioners, Research and Trainers
  • Commissioners and Policy Maker

Keynote Speakers

We have an exciting range of keynote speakers from within and outside the child protection field. Each of these will offer a unique perspective on safeguarding children and how we can learn from different disciplines.

Click here for details of the Keynote speakers. 

 

 

 

Presentations and Workshops

The congress theme of ‘Thinking outside the box’ reflects our desire to learn and develop, encouraging all participants to be creative and reflexive, and to interact with each other. A large part of this is the programme of free papers, posters, workshops, symposia, and training events presented by congress participants. We are looking forward to a great programme with lots of engaging presentations by practitioners, researchers, experts by experience and others.

If you have a good idea, some original research or innovative practice that you can present, or if you are able to draw on your own experience as a survivor of abuse or someone who has been involved with family support services, we invite you to submit an outline (abstract) of your presentation.

Click here to find out more about presentations and workshops and how you can submit an abstract.

Venue

The Congress will be held at the University of Warwick, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a dynamic, enterprising approach to solving global challenges. The world-class campus offers excellent facilities, with accommodation, all conference venues, shops, bars and restaurants, all set in an attractive environment with lakeside and woodland walks, landscaped gardens and innovative artwork.

The University is located in the heart of Shakespeare’s country, with easy access to Stratford upon Avon, Warwick and Kenilworth Castles, Coventry Cathedral with its International Centre for Reconciliation, and the wonderful Warwickshire countryside with canals, rolling hills, and traditional English pubs. There are easy rail, road and air links with Birmingham International airport just 20 minutes away, and Coventry station a short taxi ride from the campus.

Essential Information

Key Dates:

February 2017: Call for Abstracts is now open

April 2017: Early Bird booking now open

September 2017: Abstract submission closes

December 2017: Early Bird booking closes

Registration Categories and Fees

There will be three registration categories:
Category A for members and those from small, not-for-profit organisations
Category B for non-members
Category C for students, those from low-income countries, and those who are unwaged or with a low family income

Click here to find out about the registration categories, fees and accommodation

 

Travel

The University of Warwick is situated on the outskirts of Coventry. There are easy rail, road and air links with Birmingham International airport just 20 minutes away, and Coventry station a short taxi ride from the campus.

Sponsorship and Exhibitors

We have put together a rewarding package of sponsorship, advertising and exhibition opportunities. As partners with BASPCAN, you will have the opportunity to engage with congress participants, showcasing your work, and contributing to the good work and progress that is being made in protecting children and supporting families.

Exhibitors will have a prominent place in congress, with all refreshments being served in the spacious exhibition hall in the main congress venue and with time built into
the programme for participants.

Click here for full details.

The Exhibition and Sponsorship brochure can be downloaded here. 

Get Involved

We want all those attending congress to be able to enjoy the congress, interact with others, and learn from each other. In order to ensure the smooth running of the congress and to make it really worthwhile for all, we welcome any ideas that fit in with the overall theme of the congress, volunteer support in planning and running the congress, and input from sponsors and exhibitors.

How can you get involved?

  • Offer your services as a volunteer (volunteers must be 16 or over)
  • Submit a proposal for offering a workshop or wellbeing activity
  • Offer to host a small group of delegates on a visit to your local service (in Coventry and Warwickshire only)
  • Make a suggestion for inclusion in the creative or scientific programme
  • Become a congress sponsor
  • Purchase an exhibition stand, programme advert or delegate flyer

Please get in touch if any of the above are of interest: email to conferences@baspcan.org.uk

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