This unique national conference arises out of a collaboration between historians, social workers and lawyers. It will examine the themes and patterns in the history of failure in child protection in the UK (and to include international comparisons), the opportunities to learn from them and the range of possible remedies.

Presented by WillisPalmer and History & Policy in association with:
• Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
• Association of Lawyers for Children
The Conference offers an opportunity to hear presentations from a number of expert
historians, social workers, lawyers and adult survivors, and to engage in multidisciplinary
discussions focused on three panels.

Child Protection: Failures in Remedies
Child Protection: Litigation and Reconciliation
In Conversation: To the Future

The Keynote Speaker is the renowned Matthew Syed – the bestselling author of ‘Black Box
Thinking’, a ground-breaking book which analyses the logic of failure, confronting complexity
and coping with the blame game. He is also a leading columnist for The Times and regular
presenter for the BBC.

AM - Lord Justice McFarlane – Lord Justice of Appeal
PM – to be confirmed

Confirmed Speakers
Martha Cover – Barrister & Co-Chair, Association of Lawyers for
Children, Professor Johanna Sköld – Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies,
Linköping University, Sweden, Dr Julia Brophy – Senior Researcher & Policy Offier,
Association of Lawyers for Children, Peter Garsden – President, Association of Child Abuse
Lawyers, Professor Louise Jackson – Professor of Modern Social History at University of
Edinburgh, Dr Chris Millard – Lecturer & Researcher at University of Sheffield, Philip King –
Expert Social Worker in Child Protection & Abuse Claims, Iain O’Donnell – Child Abuse
Compensation Lawyer, Professor Anna Gupta – Department of Social Work, Royal Holloway

The conference is open to all professionals working in child protection as practitioners (social workers, lawyers, charities) as well as academics and those with links to any aspect of child protection.

Places are strictly limited to 150 and all prices are inclusive of VAT.
Private Individuals, Companies and Organisations: £250.00
Local Authorities and Charities: £150.00

For more information and to book please click here.

This full-day conference provides a range of multi-disciplinary material designed to assist your continuing professional development. It will provide knowledge and ideas to add to your competency and stimulate reflective thinking towards sound, competent yet creative practice. The number and range of speakers ensures that all practitioners will hear innovative ideas and new information to inform their practice and development

To read about our previous events, click here.