Research in practice shortlist announced To mark 40 years at the heart of child protection our November conference celebrates excellent, evidence-informed practice in the public sector, focusing on examples which showcase research and practice working hand in hand. We will be sharing the learning from these at our multidisciplinary one-day conference, and launching the AoCPP Research and Practice Award 2019 at our celebratory gala dinner. We invited practitioners and researchers to submit an outline for a presentation at the event and received a number of high-quality applications addressing a range of topics. Those shortlisted for the AoCPP Research and Practice award, and therefore presenting at the conference are: Nkiru Asiegbunam, named Doctor for Safeguarding Children. Confirmed Title of presentation: Can we improve children’s experience of the Child Protection Medical Assessment? Dr Kirsty Hudson, Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University Confirmed Title of presentation: The ‘Gwella Approach’: messages from practice and research. Dr Mel Hughes, Principal Academic in Social Work, Deputy Lead of the Research Centre for Seldom Heard Voices and Academic Lead for the BU PIER (Public Involvement in Education and Research) Partnership Confirmed Title of presentation: The role of lived experience expertise in the construction of knowledge and service development Dr Sarah Lloyd, Trainer within a sexual exploitation service and freelance evaluator and researcher. Confirmed Title of presentation:“ She doesn’t have to get in the car…”: exploring social workers’ understandings of sexually exploited girls as agents and choice-makers. Katherine Long, MSc BA Researcher The Corra Foundation. Confirmed Title of presentation: Connections are the key: Unlocking the heart of relationship-based practice Dr Laurie Matthew, OBE, Manager at Eighteen and under. Confirmed Title of presentation: Views about confidentiality from young abuse survivors whose abuse was unknown to child protection service Dr Lee Pollard, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Sheffield Hallam University Confirmed Title of Presentation: Child Protection Workers Experience of Fatal Child Abuse Alison Prowle, Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester Confirmed Title of presentation: A strength-based approach to supporting families at the edge of Care. Jonathan Taylor MSc, Online safety & social media consultant for educational conferences Title of presentation: Wellbeing in the Digital - Why You, Why Now, Why Dr Hazel G. Whitters, Senior Early Years’ Worker/Child Protection Officer Confirmed Title of presentation: Holly’s story: implementing early intervention in an inter-generational . Professor Brigid Daniel and Profiessor John Devaney will also be joining us as Key Note Speakers.