The aim of these meetings is to support all with challenging, supportive and educated discussions about key topics of your choice. At each meeting we bring academics, experts, practitioners and students along  to facilitate discussion and learning with plenty of time to ask questions and share views.

For your diary, these are the dates for our most imminent meetings. As they are often oversubscribed, we don't release our full programme of meetings until nearer the time so we can be as fair as possible to everyone who wants to join in. 

Keep checking your newsletter and emails for updates on what we'll be discussing each week.

We welcome contributions from members and non-members so if you would like to lead a Lunch and Learn meeting please
[email protected]


Wednesday 15 December: 12-1.30pm: Gender Dysphoria members' meeting leading to the development of a Special Interest Group
This will be led by Lucy Porteus, University of Portsmouth.
From the members' meeting we hope to develop a deeper understanding of the interest in this topic and identify a core group who can then develop the SIG further.

Book here

Thursday 20 January 2022: 12-1.30pm: Understanding the signs & indicators of child sexual abuse
This will be led by Anna Glinski, Deputy Director, Knowledge and Practice Development, The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre)

Book here


Wednesday 10 November 12.00pm - 1.30pm: In Conversation with Sir Alan Wood CBE.
To understand the communication blocks and challenges  in the new partnership arrangements

Thursday 23 September: 12-1.30pm: The Scale and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse CSA Centre session overview- with the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre)

Thursday 9 September: 12-1.30pm: NICE draft Guidance discussion. Details here.

Attended by the NICE Commissioning Manager for the guideline, Clifford Middleton.

Friday September 3: 12-1.30pm: "Overview of cuckooing, presentation and interactive Q and A with a lead into more in depth masterclasses to follow" with Nikki Holmes, Safer Together.

Link to masterclasses here with full information and booking form.


Thursday June 17: 12-1.30pm: "Breaking the Myth, Changing Perceptions,Domestic Abuse: Men Are Victims Too"  with Ian McNicholl, Ambassador, Men Reaching Out

Thursday June 10: 12-1.30pm: "County Lines and Child Criminal Exploitation during Covid-19" with Dr Grace Robinson and Dr Ben Brewster, University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab.

Thursday April 1: 12-1.30pm: "Early Child Abuse Detection Teams in Maternity Units” With Dr Idoya Perez. Consultant Social Paediatrician

Thursday March 25: 12-1.30pm: "Child and Family Mental Health in Child Safeguarding” With Shashi Kiran, Consultant Child Psychiatrist

Thursday March 18: 12-1.30pm: “Concepts of shame and honour as barriers to reporting child abuse and accessing services: the case of child sexual abuse amongst the British South Asian communities" with Vanisha Jassal, Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies for the MA in Advanced Child Protection, CCP, University of Kent (NB Date change from 25 February)

Thursday February 11: 12-1.30pm: “Current best practice and techniques in working with young people with communication disabilities and challenging behaviour” with Dr April May Kitchener, Education Consultant and Trainer

Thursday January 14: 12-1.30pm: "Child Protection Vocabulary in Professional Judgement: Fit for Purpose?"With Dr Michael Fanner, Lecturer in Nursing and Paramedic Sciences at the University of West London

Thursday December 17: 12-1.30pm: "The science of adversity - the lifelong implications on mental and physical wellbeing in children and young peopleWith Dr Sarah Steele, GP and owner of ECHAP

Thursday December 3: 12-1.30pm: "Supporting vulnerable Young People in Lockdown: Best Practice and Shared Perspectives”With Alison Prowle and Rosie Walker, Senior Lecturers from The Centre for Children and Families at the University of Worcester

Thursday November 5: 12-1.30pm: "Safeguarding disabled children and young people with additional risks and needs. What does that mean for C P professionals?" With Sarah Goff
Safeguarding Children and Young People Manager,
University of Nottingham

Thursday 8 October 12-1.30pm (note new end time)  "Domestic Abuse and Covid-19: Issues for children and adults" With Dr Sam Warner, AoCPP trustee and Consultant Clinical Psychologist 

Thursday 10th September 12-2pm How to train effectively online: Engagement and delivery with AoCPP Interim Director, Tammy Banks, owner of Taye Training

Thursday August 20 12-2pm ICON: babies cry, you can cope - an approach to the prevention of Abusive Head Trauma With Dr Suzanne Smith, PhD, MA, BA, RGN, RHV: ICON Founder and Chief Programme Adviser,  Executive Director of Barring and Safeguarding for the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

Thursday June 11  12-2pm  Chair: Tammy Banks AoCPP Interim Director. Members voted for topics they most wanted to hear about at future meetings.

Thursday June 25  12-2pm  Inequality, injustice, institutional and societal racism: Have we been silently contributing to this? Led by Ann Marie Christian, AoCPP Trustee, Social Worker and Safeguarding Consultant and Trainer.

Thursday July 9 12-2pm  Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control With Dr Emma Katz of Liverpool Hope University

Thursday July 23 12-2pm  Young People's Mental Health and Suicide With Dr Sam Warner, AoCPP trustee and Consultant Clinical Psychologist 


As these meetings are always oversubscribed, we release details close to the time of the event.