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


John Bowlby, attachment theory, hide-and-seek & Play Therapy UK

ptuk80John Bowlby, who first developed attachment theory, stressed the lifelong significance of the bond between mother and infant, and the psychological difficulties suffered by children if this bond is damaged or broken.

He proposed that the reason this primary, secure attachment was vital is that a child’s experiences of their separations and reunions, either positive negative, become internalized and act as a framework that the child utilizes to understand themselves, others, and the world.

Good experiences during hide-and-seek games influence the development of secure attachment relationships. However for children who have been abused or traumatised, they can be dangerous.  Therapists trained to Play Therapy UK standards recognise when hide-and-seek is appropriate and in which way these games should be played.

Did you know that the quality of the attachment determines whether the child is able to trust others, see themselves as valuable, and feel confident in society, or not.  Hide and seek games carefully played can enhance attachment.


Find out more – attend a 1-day Introduction to Play Therapy Course - 12 venues throughout the UK


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Join many others in making a new career working therapeutically with children 



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 on 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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To celebrate the occasion of 25 years of the Journal BASPCAN is holding a one day event: Evidence-Informed Practice, Practice-Informed Research

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.  We have confirmation from Professor Marian Brandon, University of East Anglia and Professor Jenny Pearce, University of Bedfordshire for the keynote lectures on the themed sessions of Neglect and Child Sexual Exploitation respectively.

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 registration at the discounted cost is strongly recommended.

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This day will include the BASPCAN 35th AGM

Autism and sensory processing conference by NAS. Cardiff, UK in June 2016

nasnasnasMany people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information such as sounds, sights and smells. This is usually called having sensory integration difficulties, or sensory sensitivity. It can have a profound effect on an individual’s life.

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An individual with sensory integration issues may be over-sensitive (hypersensitive) or under-sensitive (hyposensitive). An individual who is hypersensitive may feel overloaded by sensory information. This means that certain sounds, smells or textures may be overwhelming and cause extreme anxiety.

Conversely, an individual who is hyposensitive may seek out sensory stimulation by seeking extreme sensations. This means that this individual may not notice pain or objects that are too hot or too cold and may need high intensity input to get involved in activities.


The conference aims to give you the tools and knowledge to support and help autistic people affected by sensory processing issues. It looks at how professionals can help ease these issues and the huge impact they can have on the life of an autistic person.


Key conference: WI-FI, FRIEND OR FOE - the mask is slipping. Brighton, UK in June 2016

wififriend80Revealing a most urgent need to examine the destructive effects of microwave technology . . . and find the OFF button.

Saturday June 4th, 10am - 5pm

at the Brighton Steiner School, Roedean Road, BN2 5RA

Important event for people who use mobile phones, Wi-Fi etc a lot and assume it to be harmless. Also for politicians, councillors, doctors, teachers, head teachers, managers of bus and train companies…

A day of wisdom sharing in this field led by:

Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe M.D.

Brian Stein CBE Trustee of ES UK

Brett West of Wireless Tech Safety.

The conference costs £10 for the day. Children come free and no-one is excluded for lack of funds. Bring veggie food to share.

The School takes bookings for places: Tel: 01273 386300 but pay at the door.

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