BASPCAN International Congress in Coventry and Joint Conference in Cardiff UK

baspcannew80Join us at the 10th BASPCAN International Congress

‘Thinking outside the box:

Innovative perspectives on protecting children and young people’

8 - 11 April 2018

 University of Warwick, Coventry, UK 

You’re invited to the 10th BASPCAN Congress, with Sir Ernest Ryder, Siobhan Beckwith, and Anne Fine.

BASPCAN is the leading multi-disciplinary association for UK and Ireland professionals and volunteers who work to protect children from abuse and neglect and support families at times of crisis and need.

Congress brings together child protection researchers, experts by experience, and practitioners in social work, medicine, psychology, nursing, education, criminal justice and law, in the academic, statutory, voluntary and community sectors– from across the UK and internationally.

As well as keynote talks on The role of the justice system in the safeguarding of children by Sir Ernest Ryder, using complexity theory to help in child protection decision-making by Irene Stevens, and how fiction can help children understand their experiences by Anne Fine, the programme this year also includes symposia on Involving children and young people in research on sensitive issuesmental health outcomes for maltreated children in and out of care; and Fathering and Domestic Violence: perspectives from children, women and well as opportunities to network with leading international researchers and professionals. 


Full details of the programme are available online at, including details of sponsorship and exhibitors stands.

BASPCAN, 17 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

Tel: 01904 613605

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A joint conference by ISPCAN, BASPCAN, NSPCC Cymru/ Wales & Children in Wales Exploring the Relevance to Practice in Wales of an International Study on Promoting Positive Parenting

Promoting Positive Parenting to Help Make the World

a More Peaceful Place

The Pierhead, Cardiff

 Wednesday, March 14th 2018

9.30am – 4.00pm

Aims of the conference

  • To explore the relevance to practice in Wales of findings from an international study by ISPCAN on promoting positive parenting
  • To identify practical ways of improving parenting practice to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people in Wales.

Learning objectives

By the end of this event participants will be able to:

  • identify how findings and recommendations from an international study by ISPCAN on promoting positive parenting relate to practice in Wales
  • understand what is necessary for effective implementation of positive parenting interventions
  • describe practical ways of improving parenting in day-to-day practice at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of intervention.


  • Professionals who coordinate and manage parenting support services.
  • Professionals working directly with children and families from health, social work, early years, early intervention services, education and the independent and voluntary sector.
  • Professionals with a responsibility for planning and commissioning services to promote child health and wellbeing, positive parenting and the prevention of child maltreatment.
  • Coordinators on Public Service Boards in Wales.
  • Educators and researchers working in the field of positive parenting and the prevention of child maltreatment.


  • Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies AM
  • Professor Jane Barlow, Oxford University
  • Dr Arnon Bentovim, Child and Family Training
  • Jenny Gray, OBE, ISPCAN
  • Enid Hendry, BASPCAN 
  • Speakers from Wales – to be confirmed
  • Des Mannion - NSPCC Cymru/Wales (Co-Chair Morning)
  • Catriona Williams, OBE - Children in Wales (Co-Chair Afternoon)


Viv Laing – NSPCC Cymru/Wales

Geraldine Murphy - Children in Wales


Non-members £120

Bookings  and Welsh translation  available at:

BASPCAN, 17 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET Tel 01904 613605

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