This month we welcomed delegates from overseas and across the four nations of the UK to York to celebrate 40 years of innovative and excellent practice and research in child protection.

Keynote speakers, Professor Brigid Daniel and past AoCPP Chair Professor John Devaney set the scene for a packed day of presentations and discussion from a wide range of speakers. These included:

Dr Nkiru Asiegbunam and Dr Stacy John-Legere, Can we improve children’s experience of the Child Protection Medical Assessment?

Dr Kirsty Hudson and Ceri Evans, The ‘Gwella Approach’: messages from practice and research

Dr Sarah Lloyd (Overall winner, pictured), “She doesn’t have to get in the car…”: exploring social workers’ understandings of sexually exploited girls as agents and choice-makers

Dr Mel Hughes, The role of lived experience expertise in the construction of knowledge and service development

Katherine Long, Connections are the key: Unlocking the heart of relationship-based practice

 Dr Laurie Matthew, Views about confidentiality from young abuse survivors whose abuse was unknown to child protection service

Dr Lee Pollard (Runner up), Child Protection Workers Experience of Fatal Child Abuse

Alison Prowle, A strength-based approach to supporting families at the edge of Care

Dr Hazel G. Whitters, Holly’s story: implementing early intervention in an inter-generational context

Dr Sarah Lloyd was voted the overall winner with Dr Lee Pollard a close runner-up  

After the conference, delegates celebrated with a gala dinner and speech from former Chair, barrister and child protection expert David Spicer, who outlined the history and highlights of the past forty years of the AoCPP.

“It was a wonderful way to celebrate the AoCPP’s success and I believe it puts us on very firm ground for the next 40 years by proving how important our role has been in bringing professionals together,” said Wendy Thorogood, Current AoCPP Chair.

“We had an amazing mix of people from very different backgrounds, reflecting exactly the diversity of our research and practice – which is at the core of everything we do. It was a shame not everyone could win and the voting was very close indeed but huge congratulations to Dr Sarah Lloyd and up Dr Lee Pollard.”

 Our delegates said:

“A fantastic event. Thank you for the opportunity to spend time with inspiring colleagues, amazing academics and practitioners.”

“Excellent presentations”

“The format was quick and very enjoyable”

One delegate kindly wrote a report on the day, read the review here.

 Did you know members receive substantial discounts on all our events and there’s 40 per cent off the price of membership if you join us before the end of the year?