What About The Children? 2017 National Conference
'Do infants have rights? Who has the responsibility?'
This year's conference was held 9th March 2017 at the Royal Overseas League, London.
Our 2017 national conference focused on the broader social policy implications and context of raising children. We want to press home an understanding that children's emotional wellbeing is the responsibility of the whole of society.
Sir Al Aynsley-Green will deliver the Goodman Lecture
'Are we betraying children and childhood and if so what’s to be done about it?'
Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green Kt. is Professor of Advocacy for Children and Childhood, Nottingham Trent University and Professor Emeritus of Child Health, University College London; immediate Past President BMA and formerly first Childrens Commissioner for England
John Timpson 'The light bulb moment'
Unfortunately John was unable to speak at the conference about his first hand experience of fostering and adopting children as he needed to attend the funeral of a close family friend which was held on the same day as the conference. However he sent a message to delegates and arranged for copies of two books he has written 'A Guide to Attachment' ISBN 9780957661349 and 'Looking After Looked After Children' ISBN9780957661356 to be given to all the delegates.
Message read: "I was looking forward to talking about the experience Alex and I had as foster carers to 90 children and how I learnt about the importance of a positive attachment early in life. To give you a flavour of our story I enclose a few pictures from my presentation and a copy of two books I have written to explain about attachment. I hope you have a great day." John Timpson (Alex is John Timpson's late wife)
Nicola Lee, Principal Early Years Officer, Early Help Bedford Council
'The right to healthy relationships'
Neil Leitch, CEO Pre-school Learning Alliance
'Strong, resilient and listened to'
Dr. Carole Ulanowsky ‘WATCh? research
2016 Conference Papers
2015 Conference Papers
2014 Conference Papers
2013 Conference Papers
2016 Conference 'Cracking the Code' young children are born ready to communicate but they need a translator, was held 10th March 2016.
2015 Conference "The First Three Years Last Forever - Why?", was held 11th March 2015.
2014 Conference "Building the Brain - what's love got to do with it", examined how the first three years of life shape a child's emotional, physical and mental health. Speakers represented a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds.
2013 Conference "Emotionally Secure Children - Signpost to a Healthy Society" examined how the effects of early experiences are not confined to the first few years of life but have an effect throughout life and by extension on society as a whole.