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Intensive Interaction & Autism Special Conference – Wednesday 12th October 2016 - Nottingham UK

Inten80This ‘Intensive Interaction and Autism’ special conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear a number of presentations on the role of Intensive Interaction in directly addressing the social and communication development needs of both children and adults with autism.

This day will also allow delegates to ask questions and contribute to discussions on how best to further develop Intensive Interaction practices and service for people with autism.

See website for details:

BASPCAN UK Events: Pathways to Harm, Pathways to Protection seminars & Evidence-Informed Practice, Practice-Informed Research conference

bapscan_thumb150_Pathways to Harm, Pathways to Protection: Learning From Serious and Fatal Child Maltreatment

A series of one-day seminars drawing on learning from the Department for Education Triennial Review of Serious Case Reviews, 2011-14- released July 2016

The seminar facilitators are Professor Marion Brandon, University of East Anglia and 

Dr Peter Sidebotham, University of Warwick along with Invited Participants.

13 September 2016 – Royal Armouries International, Leeds

7 October 2016 – Kings College London

17 October 2016 – Maldron Hotel, Dublin

31 October 2016 – The Bristol Hotel, Bristol

4 November 2016 – Royal Angus Hotel, Birmingham

29 November 2016 – The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh

Prices start from £33 for students and non-members are offered complimentary membership (criteria applies)

We recommend early booking as demand is high


25th Anniversary of Child Abuse Review: Evidence-Informed Practice, Practice-Informed Research

18th November 2016, Birmingham 

To celebrate the occasion of 25 years of the Journal ‘Child Abuse Review’ BASPCAN is holding a one day event.

Past and present editors will be involved and the day will include invited expert speakers presenting on current themes including CSE and Child Sexual Abuse, Translating Research Into Practice, Neglect and Domestic Violence.

A full day involving previous CAR authors, oral papers in parallel sessions, interactive poster presentations and a breakfast meeting on how to get published in CAR offers delegates a full day of learning and development.

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Professor Nicky Stanley, University of Central Lancashire
  • Professor Marian Brandon, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Jenny Pearce, University of Bedfordshire
  • Dr Stephanie Holt, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Professor Kevin Browne, Nottingham University


Early bird registration will close on Friday 19 August and the cost will then increase by around 30%.

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I CAN’s response to The Lost Boys Report - UK

ican80In response to The Lost Boys, a report by Save the Children on the language development and literacy of five year olds in the UK, Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of I CAN said:

‘I CAN is appalled by the realities of this report, which details the number of boys falling behind in their early language skills; absolutely crucial skills for later academic, social, emotional development – and to their wider life chances.

‘Shockingly, boys are nearly twice as likely to be behind in early language and communication skills than girls at the very beginning of primary school, an unacceptable fact given the essential role these skills play in the academic success of our children. This means that four boys in every Reception class are lacking the language skills they need for learning; many unable to speak in a full sentence.

‘Much more focus is needed to make sure that all children have the necessary language skills for learning, making friends and joining in with school life. A high quality workforce is one that understands the crucial nature of early language skills, and has the knowledge and skills to ensure that children are given the best life chances by developing these which we know are fundamental for later success.’


Read The Lost Boys Report:

I CAN is the children’s communication charity – .

Commission calls for a full-scale review of the UK’s hate crime strategy

equal80From an Equality and Human Rights Commission news story (July 2016): A full-scale review of the UK’s hate crime laws and strategies is needed as part of a new national drive to defeat the dramatic rise in race hate crime in recent weeks, the Equality and Human Rights Commission will say today.

In a major report to the UN on racial discrimination, the Commission makes a series of recommendations to the UK government to tackle hate crime and lead a national effort to defeat those who seek to legitimise and spread hate.

Since the EU referendum, police have reported a 57% increase in online hate crime reports in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In London alone new figures from the Metropolitan Police Service show 599 incidents of race hate crime were reported to Scotland Yard between 24 June - the day the result was announced - and 2 July 2016.

Police Scotland has not recorded a corresponding rise in hate crimes in Scotland, though it acknowledges that often these incidents of hate crime go unreported.

[The then] Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a new action plan on tackling hate crime and the Commission is using its report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to call for early interventions and stronger deterrents to help heal racial divisions across the country and improve the lives of minority ethnic groups.

The report calls on the UK government to:

    • Carry out a full-scale review of the operation and effectiveness of the sentencing for hate crimes in England and Wales, including the ability to increase sentencing for crimes motivated by hate.
    • Provide stronger evidence to prove their hate crime strategies are working.
    • Work with criminal justice agencies to understand what drives perpetrators to commit hate crime and to use that evidence to develop new preventative measures.

As well as being more likely to be a victim of hate crime, the Commission’s assessment highlights how people from minority ethnic communities and migrants are much more likely to experience disadvantage in the criminal justice system, in an alarming ‘multiplier’ effect….

Read more of this news story:

Find out more about the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Download the Commission's report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (PDF)

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