What About The Children? 2018 National Conference

25th anniversary of What About the Children?

'The never changing emotional needs of under threes'

Venue: The Royal Overseas League, London.

Date: Thursday 8th March 2018 10:30 – 4:30

Conference Speakers include

Professor Marian Bakermans-Kranenberg
Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg is a professor of Child and Family Studies at Institute of Education and Child Studies at Leiden University Her research focus is attachment and emotion regulation in parents and their children, with special emphasis on neurobiological processes in parenting and development. Her academic interests include the interplay between nature and nurture, exploring and testing the ‘differential susceptibility’ model, hormonal correlates of parenting, and interventions.

'My research may change parents’ or teachers’ perspectives on children with so-called ‘difficult temperaments’ or children who are easily distressed, realizing that these children are the ones that will profit optimally from support and flourish like orchids'

Dr Ronnie Cloke Browne
Ronnie (Veronica) Cloke Browne is a Chemical Engineer and founder of CareerBreak People Ltd. In order to take an extended career break (longer than the standard maternity provision) she was required to resign from her position as a Lead Engineer with a global Petroleum company, this took her out of her work environment and community. Whilst maternity leave provision has improved Ronnie feels that the extended career break is very misunderstood. Many people feel under-confident and unable to return to work at a comparable level or subject and often under-utilise their skills. This, coupled with her experience, led to the inception and founding of CareerBreak People.

Dr Susan Pawlby
Dr Susan Pawlby is a Developmental Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the Section of Perinatal Psychiatry at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team on the Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She trained as a child psychologist and has over 30 years of experience working with mothers and babies both in clinical and research contexts.

Sir John Timpson
Sir John Timpson CBE is successful British businessman, he is chairman and owner of Timpson, a UK shoe repair chain with 1325 shops. He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year in recognition of his services to business and fostering, Sir John Timpson and his late wife Alex, who died in January 2016, fostered some 90 children over 31 years. Through his experience of fostering and adoption he came to realise that attachment difficulties can be a major cause of problems for children, teenagers and adults.

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to connect. In 2011, she established an independent training enterprise to help the public understand all that science has discovered about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness. Suzanne’s core aspiration continues to be strengthening awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children— because those choices are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.


Cost £85 (includes lunch) discount available if more than one delegate from the same organisation is booked at the same time.

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