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.
The outline congress schedule can be found here:
- 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 sportLord Justice Ryder, a Lord Justice of Appeal and Senior President of Tribunals: The role of the justice system in the safeguarding of childrenClaire 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
- 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
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.