Keeping Children Safe in an Uncertain World: Learning from Evidence and Practice, 15 - 18 April 2012, Belfast, Northern Ireland



Keeping Children Safe in an Uncertain World: Learning from Evidence and Practice

BASPCAN 8th National Congress, Sunday 15th – Wednesday 18th April 2012

Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom



The BASPCAN Congress is taking place in Belfast in April 2012, and submissions of abstracts are now being invited. BASPCAN is a multi-disciplinary association for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and academics with an interest in children's welfare and protection from all forms of violence, abuse or neglect.


During the four days of Congress over two hundred presentations will be delivered to an audience of professionals from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. This is your chance to present your work or research by submitting an abstract now. The Congress has a number of specific sub-themes, and we would encourage you to submit an abstract for consideration:


  • Innovations and Interventions
  • Neglect and Emotional Abuse
  • Children and Young People Living with Family or Community Violence
  • Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
  • Supporting Staff and Developing the Response to Hard-to-Reach Groups
  • Young People in Transition
  • Other topics of interest to the intended audience

The sub-themes are not exclusive, and if you have thoughts about some aspect of your work that might be suitable for Congress then please submit an abstract before 12th August 2011. In particular we are keen to have a range of high quality symposia on issues related to children’s welfare and their protection.

 Many of the Keynote Speakers have been confirmed. They are listed below in alpha order (with the exception of our Invited International Keynote Speaker) and further details can be accessed at the website link at the top of this message.


Professor Nico Trocmé, School of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal,Canada

Topic: Childhood Sexual Abuse


Nazir Afzal OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West of England

Topic:  Forced Marriage: the Experience of Children and Young People


Professor Jane Barlow, Professor of Public Health in the Early Years, University of Warwick

Topic: Early Intervention


Fergus Cumiskey, Clinical Director, Contact, Northern Ireland

Topic:  Adversity in Childhood on Longer Term Mental Health


Professor Brigid Daniel, Professor of Social Work, University of Stirling

Title: Why have we made neglect so complicated? Taking a fresh look at noticing and helping the neglected child


Ian A. Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland

Title: Clerical Abuse in the Catholic Church in Ireland - Transparency, Accountability and the Process of Review


Professor Simon Hackett,Durham University

Topic: Young People who display Sexually Harmful Behaviour


Gerison Lansdown, International Children's Rights Consultant

Topic: Children's Participation and Protection


Dr Lorraine Radford, NSPCC Head of Research 

Topic: The Prevalence of Childhood Maltreatment



Congress Bookings opened on 1 July 2011 with EARLYBIRD rates and all bookings are to be made on-line at


BASPCAN have carefully reviewed the pricing structure for Congress with due consideration of the current economic climate.  To this end, the prices are considerably lower than at recent previous BASPCAN Congresses, in the hope that this will assist with those planning to attend.


Details of all fees which start from just £250 for the full four days, are at


Congress is taking place in Belfast and delegates may be surprised how little the low cost airline fares are with typical return airfares from all major UK airports costing on average between £50 - £80 – in many instances cheaper than train travel.  We have a dedicated website page giving some travel details and suggestions -



Further general details about Congress can be found at:

These pages will be updated regularly with information as it becomes available so please do visit the website.


Do not hesitate to contact the BASPCAN National Office with any queries and staff there will be pleased to help.  The email is congress at baspcan dot org dot uk and the telephone number (+44) (0) 1904 613605.


We look forward to seeing many of you in Belfast in April 2012.





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