8th – 11th April 2018

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

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


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.

Congress Programme (please click on the links for more details or click on each day to download a pdf version of the programme for that day)

Congress Programme Sunday

Congress Programme Monday

Congress Programme Tuesday

Congress Programme Wednesday


Sunday Monday Tuesday

Partnership Day

08.30-08.45: How to get the most from your congress 08.30-08.45: How to get the most from your congress 08.00-08.45: Child Abuse Review Editorial Board

08.30 – 08.45: How to get the most from your congress

09.00-10.30: Plenary 2

Keynotes 2&3


09.00-10.30: Plenary 4

Keynotes 5-7


09.00-10.30: Plenary 5

Keynotes 7&8


10.30-11.00: Coffee 10.30-11.00: Coffee 10.30-11.00: Coffee
11.00-12.30: Parallel Session 1 11.00-12.30: Parallel Session 4 11.00-12.30: Parallel Session 5
13.00-15.00: International delegates lunch and welcome


12.30-13.30: Lunch

Motionhouse Dance Performance: Captive

12.30-13.30: Lunch


12.30-13.30: Lunch


13.30-15.00: Parallel Session 2 13.30-15.00: Optional choices 1 13.30-15.00: Parallel Session 6
15.00-15.30: Tea

How to get the most from your congress

15.00-15.30: Tea


15.00-15.30: Tea


15.00 – 15.30: Tea


15.30-18.00: Opening Session

Plenary free papers

Keynote 1

Founders’ Lecture

15.30-16.15: Plenary 3

Keynote 4

15.30-17.00: Optional choices 2


15.30-16.30: Closing session

Keynote 9

16.30-18.00: Parallel Session 3


18.15-19.00: Welcome reception:

Motionhouse Youth dance Performances

Playbox Shakespeare Young Company Promenade Performance: Shakespeare’s Lost Children

18.15-19.00: Motionhouse Dance Performance: Captive 17.30-18.30: Optional interfaith event – Coventry Cathedral
19.30-20.30: Dinner 19.00-19.30: Chat room with convenors and guests 19.30-20.30: Dinner
20.30-21.00: Chat room with convenors and guests 20.00-22.00: Congress Dinner


20.30-21.00: Chat room with convenors and guests


Keynote Speakers

  • Siobhan Beckwith, Project Lead, Mothers Apart project: Hearts in the Goldfish Bowl
  • Kish Bhatti-Sinclair, Reader in Social Policy and Social Work, University of Chichester: Prejudice, discrimination and unconscious bias: is it time to rethink our approaches to the victims and perpetrators of child sexual exploitation
  • Paul Edmondson, Head of Learning and Research, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Shakespeare’s dysfunctional families
  • Anne Fine, English author who writes for Adults and Children and was the Children’s Poet Laureate 2001-2003: Pebbles in the fairy tale: what can child protection learn from children’s literature
  • Daniel Rhind, Chartered Psychologist, Senior Tutor for Sports Sciences, Brunel University: Safeguarding in, around and through sport
  • Lord Justice Ryder, a Lord Justice of Appeal and Senior President of Tribunals: The role of the justice system in the safeguarding of children
  • Claire Shaw, Expert by experience and Sam Warner, Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Developing practitioner-survivor partnerships
  • Irene Stevens, Expert in the field of Complexity Theory: Child protection at the edge of chaos
  • Elaine Storkey, Philosopher, Sociologist and Theologian who lectures, writes and broadcasts: Power, ideology and children at risk. How can we work together across cultural and faith divides to bring change?
  • Rai Waddingham, Trustee, Hearing Voices Network: Listening to and learning from the voices young people hear

You can read all about our keynote speakers and what they will be talking about here

Out of the Box

  • Clare Shaw, Poet in Residence
  • Harry Venning, Artist in Residence
  • Motionhouse Dance Company performing their dynamic contemporary dance, Captive. 
  • 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

You can find out more about these exciting contributions here

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.

Watch this space for further information

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 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.