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AoCPP Response to the Rochdale Review

The Association of Child Protection Professionals welcomes the publication of the ‘Independent assurance review of the effectiveness of multi-agency responses to child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester’. This provides an opportunity to understand ‘lessons learned’ and to consider what next for supporting practitioners working with potential victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
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AOCPP welcomes the publication of the revised guidance on Working Together to Safeguard Children

The Association of Child Protection Professionals welcomes the publication of the revised guidance on Working Together to Safeguard Children following...
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Child Abuse Review is looking for a new Interim Co-Editor - could this be you?

The Association of Child Protection Profesisonals and Child Abuse Review, are looking for a new Interim Co-Editor following the stepping...
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Opinion: Less than 5% of what we need, has to be considered inadequate

After the Government announced their response to Josh MacAlister’s ‘Review of Children’s Social Care’, AoCPP Trustee - Dr Ciaran Murphy...
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Wendy Thorogood steps down as Director

“In December, Wendy Thorogood stepped down from her post as Interim Director.  Wendy has steered the Association through the challenges...
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The Care System: listening to those with lived experience

(An excerpt from our newsletter. If you want to sign up to our monthly newsletter, email hello@aocpp.org.uk) Daniel Lavelle a...
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AoCPP Position Statement Regarding Shamima Begum

The Association of Child Protection Professionals is concerned to hear of recent reports that Shamima Begum was allegedly trafficked. Shamima...
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AoCPP Statement on the Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The AoCPP offers our deepest condolences to her family, friends and all those who mourn her both in the UK...
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Interview Practices in Policing

In today's episode Steve Myers, Vice-Chair of the AoCPP, is speaking to Dr Rob Ewin about interview practices in policing....
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Call for Abstracts: Child Sexual Abuse and Racialisation

Special Issue on Child Sexual Abuse and Racialisation: Race, Ethnicity, Religion and Community Guest Editors: Jahnine Davis and Sukhwant Dhaliwal...
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AoCPP response to the Whyte Report

“After two years of awaiting  publication of the Whyte report on mistreatment of athletes within the sport of gymnastics, the...
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Child Abuse Review Special: Meet the Co-Editors with Kish Bhatti-Sinclair and Lisa Bunting

Today's episode is a Child Abuse Review Special where we hear from researchers, academics and practitioners who've published articles in...
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AoCPP Postion Statement on the Independent Review of Children's Social Care.

The Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP) have been carefully considering the contents of the Independent Review of Children’s Social...
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Unregulated Placements: Lived Experience and What Needs to Change with Rebekah Pierre

In today's episode Penny Earney, Director of the Association of Child Protection Professionals introduces our Special Interest Group (SIG) focusing...
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AoCPP Position Statement on Smacking

The AoCPP welcomes the recent call by the Children's Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, to ban the corporal...
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Children and Young People in Care and Care Experienced: Introducing our SIG w/ Penny Earney

In today's episode Wendy Thorogood, Director of the Association of Child Protection Professionals introduces our Special Interest Group (SIG) focusing on Children and Young People in Care and Care Experienced. Wendy is joined by the SIG Chair Penny Earney.
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Child Q: The AoCPP response to the local Child Safeguarding Practice Review

The Association of Child Protection Professionals believes that no child should be subjected to such an ordeal as that experienced...
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Child Abuse Review: Call for Continuing Professional Development Section Peer Reviewers

The Journal   Child Abuse Review is a multi-disciplinary journal, providing the latest research, training initiatives and practice developments for all...
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Our response to the Cass Review

The AoCPP welcomes the Interim Report from the Cass Review into Gender Dysphoric children and young people. We support the...
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AoCPP Position Statement on Ukraine

The Association of Child Protection Professionals stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and urge the UK Government to...
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Notice of the 39th AGM

Notice of the 39th AGM  which will be held on Zoom on  Saturday 12th March 2022 at 10am. We estimate...
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Are you willing to help?

Are you willing to help? Dawn Clark is a research student at Oxford Brookes University, as part of a Qualification...
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‘In YOU We Trust!’: Protecting Children and their Rights.

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t stopped thinking about the tragic and brutal death of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes...
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Child Abuse Review Special

Today's episode is a Child Abuse Review Special where we hear from researchers and academics who've published articles in our...
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International Men's Day 2021

Lee Sobo-Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work with previous experience as a qualified social worker in child protection,...
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Domestic Abuse Against Men w/ Ian McNicholl

Wendy Thorogood, Director of the AoCPP, talks to Ian McNicholl about what we as professionals need to know about domestic abuse...
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Early help and intervention with Birth Companions w/ Kirsty Kitchen

Wendy Thorogood, Director of the AoCPP, talks to Kirsty Kitchen from Birth Companions about their work supporting women in pregnancy and...
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Call for Abstracts: Young People's Friendships and Safeguarding

Call for Abstracts: Child Abuse Review Special Issue 2023  Theme: Young People's Friendships and Safeguarding Adolescence (10–25 years) is a...
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Interested in becoming a Peer Reviewer?

Child Abuse Review is seeking to expand its network of expert Peer Reviewers for the Continuing Professional Development section The Journal...
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Vacancy: Book Reviews Editor, Child Abuse Review *Position Filled*

Join the Editorial Team! Child Abuse Review is seeking to appoint a Book Reviews Editor. Position now filled Child Abuse Review, the...
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An evidence-based approach to tackling child exploitation w/ Dr Aravinda Kosaraj‪u‬

Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the AoCPP, talks to Dr Aravinda Kosaraju about child sexual exploitation and how professionals can support...
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Michael Townsend Obituary

Michael Townsend31st May 1938 – 18th January 2021Former Treasurer of BASPCAN Mike lived, worked and played in the Midlands. He...
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Poverty, Child Protection and an Uncertain Future w/ Professor Brid Featherstone

Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the AoCPP, talks to Professor Brid Featherstone about the child protection implications of poverty, and what...
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So much more than a disruption to learning: Why keeping schools open needs to be prioritised in a season of Covid 19 lockdowns

Alison Prowle is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester and has extensive experience of teaching, early years provision and...
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Safeguarding children in (or on the edge of) care w/ Detective Sergeant Matthew Garland-Collins

Steve Myers, Trustee of the Association of Child Protection Professionals, talks to Detective Sergeant Matthew Garland-Collins about safeguarding children in...
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Fabricated and Induced Illness: Professional Dilemmas w/ Dr Sarah Steele

Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals, talks to Dr Sarah Steele about Fabricated and Induced Illness...
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Suicide: A mother's testimony...

The following episode discusses suicide including, descriptions of a suicide, suicide attempts and self-harm. This content may be disturbing, so...
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Safeguarding in Educational Guardianship w/ AEGIS

Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the AoCPP, talks to Yasemin Wigglesworth, CEO of AEGIS about their work in providing accreditation for...
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Reflective Practice Papers

For the Attention of Practitioners and Students In recognition of the ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic we invite...
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Preventing Child Exploitation w/ Kelechi Ukandu

Mark Pearson, Trustee at the AoCPP, talks to Kelechi Ukandu about child exploitation and what practitioners and organisations can do...
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Special Interest Group: How do we manage CSPR in lockdown? Aug 25 2020 BOOK NOW!

We exist to support you, our members, and you have told us that what you need most is to keep...
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"The best online conference I've been to" - AHT event a huge success

"AHT: Recognition, Response, Prevention" was our first major online conference, took months of planning - and was worth every minute...
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Abusive Head Trauma w/ Dr Vincent Palusci and Dr Gabriel Otterman

Peter Sidebotham, Co-Editor of Child Abuse Review and Trustee of the AoCPP, talks to Dr Vincent Palusci and Dr Gabriel...
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Trauma, adversity and resilience in the context of a public health crisis w/ Warren Larkin

Tammy Banks, talks to Warren Larkin about trauma, adversity and resilience in the context of a public health crisis. Welcome...
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The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel w/ Dr Peter Sidebotham

Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals, talks to Dr Peter Sidebotham about his work on the...
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Safeguarding in Sport w/ Dr Daniel Rhind

Ann Marie Christian, AoCPP Trustee, talks to Dr Daniel Rhind about safeguarding in sport Welcome to Association of Child Protection...
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Stress, trauma and survival responses during COVID-19 w/ Dr Karen Treisman

Tammy Banks, AoCPP Interim Consultant Director, talks to Dr Karen Treisman about how children, families and practitioners are coping with...
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Call for Abstracts: Child Protection during the Perinatal Period

Call for Abstracts: Child Abuse Review Special Issue 2022 Theme: Child protection during the perinatal period: Innovation in assessment and practice An...
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Case Reviews: The Next Phase of Reviewing Cases w/ Donna Ohdedar

Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals, talks to Donna Ohdedar, Head of SILP, about safeguarding reviews...
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Coercive Control w/ Dr Emma Katz

Steve Myers, Trustee at the AoCPP, talks to Dr Emma Katz about her research into Coercive Control. Dr Emma Katz is...
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Free online workshop - ADP within child protection and safeguarding: June 26 2020

Cultivating anti-discriminatory practice (ADP) within child protection and safeguarding Free Workshop (AoCPP members only) Friday June 26 10-11am Join us...
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Child Neglect: Lockdown and the New Normal w/ Professor Jan Horwath

Wendy Thorogood, the AoCPP Chair, talks to Professor Jan Horwath about the expected and unexpected forms of neglect that practitioners...
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Assessing Protectiveness in Child Protection - join our free SIG meeting on June 22

Assessing Protectiveness in Child Protection: An introduction to the CASP-R Model of Assessment AoCPP Special Interest Group Meeting open to...
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Young People and Technology in Lockdown w/ Marcella Leonard

Tammy Banks, AoCPP Interim Consultant Director, talks to Marcella Leonard, of Leonard Consultancy, about how practitioners are coping during lockdown...
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Supporting new mothers during COVID-19 w/ Dr Sam Warner

AoCPP Chair Wendy Thorogood talks to Dr Sam Warner about bonding and attachment for new mums that have had babies...
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Second Special Interest Group virtual meeting now full - register for our next!

We've been overwhelmed by the response to our series of Special Interest Group (SIG) online meetings and are now full...
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Equality, diversity and inclusion in safeguarding w/ Jahnine Davis

Wendy Thorogood, Director of the AoCPP, talks to Jahnine Davis about equality, diversity and inclusion within safeguarding. Welcome to Association...
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We're Live! Tune into our new podcast series now.

Welcome to the AoCPP Podcasts! We start with an introduction and some background from AoCPP Chair Wendy Thorogood and AoCPP Interim...
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What the AoCPP & NWG Network are offering members w/ Sheila Taylor MBE

AoCPP Chair Wendy Thorogood talks to Sheila Taylor MBE, the CEO of the NWG Network Welcome to Association of Child...
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Reflections on Practice During a Pandemic

FOR THE ATTENTION OF PRACTITIONERS AND STUDENTS:In recognition of the unparalleled challenges created by the current pandemic of Covid-19, we...
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Call for papers: Assessment Tools in Child Protection Practice and Research

Call for Papers: Child Abuse Review Special Issue 2021 Theme: Assessment Tools in Child Protection Practice and Research For child protection practitioners...
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This week in the News! Launching the AoCPP Podcasts...

We know these are really challenging times for everyone working in Child Protection and that you will be juggling a...
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Exceptional Abstracts received

Exploitation 2021: Tackling the culture and challenges of trafficking, slavery and county lines June 24/25 2021 Sibson Building at the University...
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Special Interest Group- Future Events

Special Interest Group- Practice Learning Review Future events The next Go To Meeting will take place on 28th April from...
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Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Managers Course (includes Level 5 Health)

Aim The aim of this course is to provide managers with an understanding of their roles and responsibilities when managing...
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Catch up on the presentations from the 40th Anniversary event.

On the 1st of November, to celebrate 40 years of the Association of Child Protection Professionals (formerly known as BASPCAN),...
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Open letter to the Times on 30th anniversary of the UNCRC

2019 marks thirty years since the passing of The Children’s Act of 1989 through parliament. Despite the act providing tremendous...
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Fabulous at Forty - our Anniversary Conference and Celebrations

This month we welcomed delegates from overseas and across the four nations of the UK to York to celebrate 40...
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Have we over-complicated safeguarding and created a self-serving industry?

Jane Powell, Head of Safeguarding with a major NHS Trust, reflects on her experience from years of experience in safeguarding...
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Disruptors and child protection training

Willma King is the Head of Learning and Development at NSPCC Childline and Co originator of the NSPCC and AoCPP...
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Our language matters – Why we should stop using the term ‘Disclosure’ in child protection

Ann Stuart MBE, is a retired police officer having served 34 years with the Metropolitan Police Service the last 20...
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Whose voice? Exploring children and young people’s participation in the child protection conference

Justine Ogle Stewart is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Northumbria and the Programme Leader for...
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Positions of Trust within Faith Settings

We submitted a response to the call for evidence on 'Positions of Trust within Faith Settings' which forms the second...
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AoCPP partners with Philip Kotler's World Marketing Summit 2019

The Association of Child Protection Professionals to be the official charity partner of Professor Philip Kotler’s inaugural UK World Marketing...
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Using our direct experience of child abuse in safeguarding training – how and why

Siobhan Pyburn. Siobhan founded Beam Project (www.beamproject.co.uk) in 2017 to offer training based on direct experience of child sexual abuse....
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Toxic terminology

Emeritus Professor Peter Sidebotham.  Peter is a reader in child health at Warwick Medical School, and formerly a consultant paediatrician at South...
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What makes for effective training?

Sue Gower has operational and strategic experience of the third sector, NHS,  judiciary, local government, safeguarding and of early help...
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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...
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Are children today seen and heard?

Catherine Powell’s career in nursing and health visiting has embraced practice, strategic leadership, academia and national policy.  Specialising in safeguarding...
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AoCPP's Environmental commitment

As a research-based charity whose core purpose is to try to protect children from harm, we cannot ignore the evidence...
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Compassion Fatigue – What every social worker must know

Sarah Naish is a leading expert and bestselling author in therapeutic parenting and child trauma. She is the CEO of...
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The toxicity of the term ‘toxic stress’

Author: Professor John Devaney John holds the Centenary Chair of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, having previously worked...
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Children with harmful behaviour

On Wednesday 19th June we hosted a discussion event at the House of Lords, sponsored by Lord Listowel, on “Child on...
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Domestic Violence and Toxic Stress

Author: Dr Hazel Whitters Dr Hazel Whitters is a Senior Early Years’ Worker and Child Protection Officer in an early...
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Whose outcome is it anyway? Rethinking ‘outcomes’ in child care and protection

Author Dr Mary Mitchell Dr Mary Mitchell is a Lecturer in Social Work at The University of Edinburgh.  She has...
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Contextual Safeguarding

“Contextual Safeguarding” is a phrase I’ve come across increasingly over the last year or so, but in discussions with professionals there seems...
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(In)stability- parental substance misuse and child protection

Author: Dr Jessica Roy Dr Jessica Roy is a lecturer in social work and childhood studies at the University of...
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AoCPP social media blackout: 20th - 24th May 2019

The internet can undoubtedly be a force for good, but in terms of child protection is creates unprecedented risk and...
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Research funding opportunity at Oxford Brookes to study child neglect

Project Title: How are assessment tools and chronologies used by health and social care professionals to identify child neglect? Main supervisor: Professor...
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Tackling sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic abuse in Higher Education – valuable lessons for primary, secondary and further education settings.

Author: Dr Holly Taylor-Dunn Dr Holly Taylor-Dunn has been working in the field of violence and abuse for over 19 years....
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Apply now to join the National Panel for Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

The National Panel for Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews have launched a second round of recruitment for the  pool of national...
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An interview with Professor Julie Taylor about her involvement in witchcraft research and child protection, conducted by Dr Maria Clark

Professor Julie Taylor is a nurse scientist specialising in child maltreatment and has extensive research experience with vulnerable populations using a wide range...
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Expert Domestic Abuse risk assessment on Fathers who are Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

Author: Beverley Gilbert Beverley is a Senior Lecturer  in Domestic and Sexual Violence at The University of Worcester.  Beverley has 30...
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Climate Change, an Inequitable Leveller

Author: Professor Lena Dominelli Professor Lena Dominelli holds a Chair in Social Work at the University of Stirling in Scotland. ...
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NICE Quality Standard on Child Abuse and Neglect

Following consultation we agreed to formally support the NICE Quality Standard on Child Abuse and Neglect The NICE Quality Standard for Child Abuse...
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A new identity for BASPCAN

BASPCAN (the British Association for Child Abuse and Neglect) has been bringing together practitioners and researchers in the field of...
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