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

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.

Online registration for congress is now open. Click here for more details and to book.

The congress app is now ready to download – with programme, abstracts, essential information and much, much more.

Please go to on an iPhone, iPad or Android device. You will be taken to the correct app store to download the app. The url is case sensitive.


We are extremely grateful to our two Silver Sponsors, EduCare and Signis, for their support for this congress, and to Wiley, publishers of Child Abuse Review, for sponsoring our congress dinner.

About the congress

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.

Find out all about the congress themes, participant streams, who’s who and how you can get involved.

Discover more about our ‘out of the box’ programme of art, drama, poetry and dance

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What’s going on?

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

See the congress programme and read about our exciting keynote speakers

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Participate in Congress

Congress is a dynamic time when practitioners, academics, trainers and experts by experience come together to share ideas, learn and reflect.

Find out how you can register and participate in the congress.

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Everything you need to know

The University of Warwick provides a world-class campus containing the congress venues, with accommodation, shops, bars and restaurants, all set in an attractive environment with lakeside and woodland walks, landscaped gardens and innovative art work. There is easy access from Birmingham International Airport and major road and rail links from London and the rest of the UK.

Find details of the venue, travel, our health and wellbeing programme, nursery facilities, and accommodation

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Latest news

Early Bird registrations now closed

Well done all of you who managed to get your registrations in by the end of December and take advantage of our special Early Bird discounts.

You can still book at standard registration prices right up to the start of congress. Click here for further details.

If you are planning to come as a group, we are able to offer special group discounts. Please contact us to discuss this:

The programme for congress is looking really exciting, with great keynote speakers, free paper sessions, workshops, symposia and discussion forums, as well as our inspiring ‘out of the box’ programme. Take a look at our outline programme here.

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Sponsorship and Exhibitions

No congress would be complete without the opportunity to wander round the bookstalls, information stands and presentations from organisations working with children and families.

All refreshments will be served in the spacious exhibition hall in the main Congress venue and with time built into the programme for participants to network and browse the exhibition stands.

Discover how your organisation could be involved with our great range of sponsorship and exhibition packages

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Photo Credits

Motionhouse, Broken, Photo by Dan Tucker

Motionhouse: Captive, Photo by Dan Tucker

Motionhouse: Captive, Photo Andy Gray

Motionhouse: Captive, Photo Mark Simmons

Motionhouse: Fragile, Photo Dan Tucker

Artwork: Harry Venning, Congress artist in residence