Interconnections Worldwide

Working internationally to share information, help build knowledge and support teamwork around babies, children and young people who are disabled, marginalised or vulnerable

The home of Team Around the Child (TAC) and the Multiagency Keyworker


Seminar on TRANSITION TO ADULT LIFE- HOUSING, BENEFITS, FINANCIAL PLANNING for parents/professionals. London UK June 2016

amb80Transition to adult life at 18 for young people with SEN and disabilities requires good planning. Understanding housing and supported living options

- How do benefits work once young people reach 18?

- How to support vocational training, employment and leisure options in adult life.

- Understanding wills and trusts and financial planning


Wednesday June 29th 10am to 2.30 pm Central London

Cost:  Parents and Carers, £10. Professionals, £40

Book your place contact:

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The seminar will take place at: St Albans Centre, Baldwins Gardens, Holborn, London EC1N 7AB

Nearest tube is Chancery Lane on the Central Line. Five mins’  walk to Baldwins Gardens  (2nd right off Gray’s Inn Road).

Evoking memories in children

ptuk80Working therapeutically with children involves evoking memories that have been buried in the unconscious part of the mind.  Some of these will be traumatic in nature and need to be handled very carefully if harm is not to be done.  This requires training and clinical supervision to the high standards of a Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register such as the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists , managed by Play Therapy UK, or a profession registered with the HCPC.

Equally important is the coupling of the therapy model that is used with a clinical evidence base.  The PTUK Integrative Holistic model is validated by an evidence base of over 12,000 cases. 

This shows that between 77% and 84% of children receiving Play Therapy provided by a PTUK registrant will show a positive change.  No other Play Therapy register has an equivalent evidence base.

Find out more – attend a 1-day Introduction to Play Therapy Course - 13 venues throughout the UK.

Did you know how important Accredited Registration and a clinical evidence base are in developing your career in working therapeutically with children?


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BASPCAN UK conferences: ‘Learning from experts-by-experience’ (Leeds) & ‘Evidence-Informed Practice, Practice-Informed Research’ (Birmingham) 2016


Working with parents who have mental health problems: Understanding how to develop inclusive practices in child protection 

The Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS1 3HB, MONDAY 27th JUNE 2016 

Keynote speakers: 

Kate Crawford, mother, voice hearer and expert-by-experience

Dr Gail Coleman-Oluwabusola, consultant clinical psychologist

Olafare Oluwabusola, father and expert-by-experience

Siobhan Beckwith, alongside speakers from Mothers Apart project, Kirklees

Clare Shaw, educationalist, writer and mother

Tamsin Walker, mother, activist, educationalist and illustrator

Experts by experiences and the practitioners who work with them talk about child protection from the perspective of parents and children who have gone through mental health and safeguarding systems.

Parents share their own experiences of abuse and neglect; and their experiences of having serious mental health problems including hearing voices/ seeing visions, being suicidal and using self-harm. They provide insight into what it is like to experience having children removed, living apart from their children and about the fear of having their children removed. They draw on their different identities to talk about how professional understandings about race, gender and sexuality, for example, significantly impact on how mothers and fathers are made sense of in child protection. Children's testimony will also be shared.

The aim is to draw on lived-experience to inform the development of sensitive and inclusive safeguarding practices that respond appropriately to the diverse needs of children who live with parents who have mental health problems.

This day will be relevant to practitioners at all levels, including their supervisors and managers, in all key agencies and organisations working in the safeguarding children arena. This includes practitioners who provide assessments, conduct investigations, provide placements or offer support, counselling or therapy.

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Evidence-Informed Practice, Practice-Informed Research

This one-day event celebrates the occasion of 25 years of the Journal BASPCAN.

18th November 2016 - Royal Angus Hotel, Birmingham

We are announcing a Call for Abstracts on the themes: CSE; Neglect; Domestic Violence and Translating Research into Practice.  Each parallel session will include one invited keynote lecture, a number of short presentations from submitted abstracts, and a plenary discussion.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Marion Brandon; Prof. Jenny Pearce; Dr Stephanie Holt; Prof. Nicky Stanley; Prof. Margaret Lynch and Prof Kevin Browne

We invite you to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster at the conference within one of the four key themes.

The closing date for submission of abstracts is Thursday 30 June 2016 and successful notifications will be made by Sunday 31 July 2016.

As the conference promises to be a flagship event in celebration of the ongoing success of Child Abuse Review and should you decide to not submit a paper for consideration, we do hope that you will still attend and encourage colleagues to do likewise. Earlybird bookings opened 3 May and close 19 August 2016 and registration at the discounted cost is strongly recommended.

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This day will include the BASPCAN 35th AGM

Speakers Trust blocks Palestinian schoolgirl from grand final. (Inspiring video - worth watching)

leanne80Extract from website news article*: Denial of free speech for the “crime of being Palestinian”. Palestine Solidarity Campaign have written to the Speakers’ Trust to express their disgust at the organisation’s silencing of a Palestinian schoolgirl. Leanne Mohamad [now living in East London] was blocked from taking up her place in the grand final of the – ironically named – Jack Petchey “Speak Out Challenge” after earning her place by winning the Redbridge round.

The organisers have taken all mention of her performance and victory off their website and youtube channel.

Leanne Mohamad said in her speech:

“I am Palestinian and I am human – I shouldn’t have to remind the world of that”.

Her words appear to have fallen on the deaf ears of the competition organisers.

*Full news article:

Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge:

Watch the video:

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