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.


Click here to see the congress programme

Keynote Speakers

  • 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 RhindChartered 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 convernors 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.


Social Programme        

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 in among the packed scientific programme, and to experience something of the local culture and history.

  • Welcome reception
  • Congress Dinner
  • Optional local tours
  • Evening chat room

kenilworth-castleIn 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.