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NCSPVA 3rd Annual Conference & Lynda Bellingham Memorial Lecture

The Impact of Violence and Abuse on Children and Young People

5 - 6 June 2017, University of Worcester

The focus of the 2017 annual conference is on examining the intersections of childhood and adulthood within the context of violence and abuse. The aim of this conference is to further our understanding of evidence based practice through reflection on developments to date, and the future needs of children growing up within a context of violence. To this end the conference will host a number of keynote presentations and individual oral and poster presentations that will showcase regional, national and international research and practice innovations relating to childhood and violence and safeguarding within this context. We wish to invite all those who work with this issue to attend in order to network and share best practice and to engage in conversations to further evidence based practice.

Keynote speakers include:

Day 1

Professor Robert Geffner
Founding President, Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT), San Diego, CA. USA

Dr John Devaney MBE
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sandi Capuano Morrison
CEO, Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT), San Diego, CA. USA

Day 2

Professor Christine Wekerle
Associate Professor in Pediatrics, McMaster University, Canada

Karyn McCluskey
Chief Executive, Community Justice Scotland


Book and pay for your place via our online booking form.

We also have a limited number of concessionary places for charities, small organisations and service users.  If you would like to find out more or have any other queries, please contact:

Esther Dobson
Study Day, Conference and Events Co-ordinator
01905 542711


In any given year the availability of conferences, events and study days will depend on delegate numbers. In the event of a conference, event or study day not being run due to a low number of delegates registering, delegates will in these circumstances be offered a full refund.

Call for abstracts

‘The role of the child and childhood in the legacy of violence and abuse’

We are inviting abstracts for oral presentations of no longer than 20 minutes, or poster presentations to be presented by either scientists or practitioners from all disciplines, that examine issues concerning childhood and violence and abuse.

Example topics might include child to parent violence, intergenerational risk, the role of disrupted attachment in abuse cycles, resilience to childhood violence and abuse, sibling violence, violent offending across the lifespan, the voice of the child in policy. The proposed presentations should reflect either completed or ongoing research, present the application of research to practice, or present the outcome of innovative practice tied to this broad theme.

Presenters should specify:


Speaker: Name, Title, Affiliation, Contact details and whether scientist or practitioner or both

Abstract: No more than 250 words providing background and justification for the paper, methods used, main findings and implications for theory and/or practice.

Paper format: Oral presentation or poster presentation (posters will be presented on day 1 of the conference). Posters must be A1 in size.

Abstracts should be submitted to:

Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2017, 23.59.