We are pleased to announce that applications for the BASPCAN Anne Wingate Paterson Scholarship, for research in the field of child abuse and neglect (CAN) in Scotland, are now open for 2019.


The scholarship fund was established last year from a generous legacy left to BASPCAN by Anne Wingate Paterson who died in 2016. Anne was a dedicated member of BASPCAN and left provision in her will to support an annual award for the study and prevention of child abuse and neglect.


The fund details have been developed with the help and support of Anne’s surviving family, and we are grateful to them. Read more about Anne and the life she dedicated to protecting vulnerable children by clicking here.


The scholarship fund has been established to promote the study of child welfare and protection. It provides individuals with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at a Scottish Higher Education Institute in the field of child abuse and/or neglect (CAN). Proposed studies must address one or more of the following:

  • identification of CAN
  • impact of CAN
  • effective responses to CAN
  • prevention of CAN


Awards will be made to individuals with a place on a postgraduate programme at a Scottish Higher Education Institution and will be up to a value of £5000.


The awards will be disbursed annually to fund the payment of course fees.


Full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply are here The application form here


The closing date for 2019 applications will be 3rd June 2019.