Thinking Outside the Box
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.
The programme will run on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – each day there will be opportunities to hear innovative and challenging keynote talks from a range of speakers within and outside the child protection fields, to reflect on theory, research and practice in order to gain a deeper understanding of child abuse and neglect.
You will come together with 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.
- Paul Edmondson, Head of Learning and Research, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
- Anne Fine, English author who writes for Adults and Children and was the Children’s Poet Laureate 2001-2003
- Elaine Storkey, Philosopher, Sociologist and Theologian who lectures, writes and broadcasts
- Irene Stevens, Expert in the field of Complexity Theory
- Lord Justice Ryder, a Lord Justice of Appeal and Senior President of Tribunals
- Daniel Rhind, Chartered Psychologist, Senior Tutor for Sports Sciences, Brunel University
- Kish Bhatti-Sinclair, Principal Lecturer in Childhood, Social Work and Social Care, University of Chichester
Outside the Box
- Motionhouse Dance Company performing their dynamic contemporary dance, Captive. Click here to see a trailer.
- Clare Shaw, Poet in Residence
- Interfaith Event at Coventry Cathedral Centre for Reconciliation
- Evening chat room with the Congress Convenors and Clare Shaw, Poet in Residence
- A health and wellbeing programme on campus
Visits to Local Services
Take the opportunity to sign up for a visit to one of our local partners to discover the great work that is going on to support and protect children and families.
There will be plenty of opportunities throughout the four days of Congress for you to network with others who feel passionately about protecting children and supporting families, to wind down and relax outside the packed scientific programme, and to experience something of the local culture and history.
- Welcome Reception
- Congress Dinner
- Optional local tours
- Evening chat room
In addition, you can take the opportunity to explore the heart of Shakespeare’s country, with easy access to Stratford upon Avon, Coventry Cathedral, and the wonderful Warwickshire countryside with canals, castles, rolling hills and traditional English pubs.