‘This is my childhood’ Conference Speakers

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Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP has represented the London constituency of Dulwich and West Norwood as a Member of Parliament since 1992. She served on the opposition front bench until 1997 when she was appointed to the Government, becoming the first ever Minister for Public Health and implementing the widely acclaimed Sure Start Programme to support childhood and early infancy. After the 2001 election Tessa joined the Cabinet as the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. In this role she is credited with bringing the whole government behind the decision to bid for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Subsequent to stepping down as the Shadow Olympics Minister in 2012, Tessa was appointed to lead a global campaign to ensure an integrated approach to the early childhood years in the post Millennium Development Goals framework. Tessa was appointed a Dame in 2012 for political and charitable services.

Jane Evans a Freelance & Associate Trainer, Parenting Specialist, Author, Blogger, Speaker and Consultant. Jane focuses on attachment in early years, children effected by trauma – either post domestic violence or as adoptive parents, foster or kinship carers.Some of what Jane will be discussing is the complex nature of adversity in safeguarding children as many specialists have only specific knowledge of the causations of trauma. It is well understood that some children live in households where domestic violence, substance misuse or mental health issues or a combination of the three are significant issues in their lives. It is understood that the more adversarial situations the child is exposed to result in much more profound trauma. Furthermore the financial cost of helping children overcome these effects are profound.

Lynn McDonald joined Middlesex University in 2008. Previously she was a Reader at Brunel University School of Social Work, a researcher for 10 years at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Centre for Education Research, and for 12 years an Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She volunteered with the British Psychological Society for three years to produce a report on social inclusion with child mental health through evidence based parenting programmes. She is currently serving on the NHS National Council for Equity and Diversity. She is a consultant for the United Nations (UNODC) for delivering evidence based family skills programs especially in developing countries (e.g. Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Brazil and Iran).

McDonald developed a multi-family group programme called Families and Schools Together in 1988. FAST has now been trained, had supervised implementation, and evaluated in 19 countries, for over 250,000 families, under her direction. It has been positively recognized for 80% retention rates in low-income communities with socially marginalized families, to increase child-well being by building relationships and protective factors against toxic stress of poverty and racism. FAST is recognized for putting theory into practice to reduce child abuse and neglect and increase family cohesion and positive parenting and having parents as partners in strengthening schools and communities and local social capital.  FAST is an evidence based social intervention. It has been proven to be effective with randomized controlled trials, and is now widely disseminated.

David Niven has 30 years national and international experience in the field of social welfare, he is recognised as an independent expert on matters of child protection and parenting. David Is a past National Chair of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). He also managed child protection teams and disability services for local authorities; he is now Managing Director of David Niven Associates a training and consultancy company. David founded ACHE (Action on Child Exploitation) a Charity. In its first three years of operation, ACHE successfully lobbied for the Registering of Sex Offenders and for legislation which allows people who commit offences against children while abroad to be prosecuted in their own country. 
Dr John Devaney Director of Social Work Education at Queen’s University Belfast. John worked for twenty years in various social work posts within statutory social care services in Northern Ireland before moving into academia in 2006. He is currently Chair of BASPCAN, and a member of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland. His current research interests relate to family violence, domestic violence, children who die or seriously injured through abuse and neglect and the impact of childhood adversity across the life course.
Ané Auret is a Child Protection Social Worker, Trainer and Consultant who works with individual practitioners, teams and organisations to develop and strengthen frontline practice.  Ané is also an accredited Emotional Intelligence Coach and holds a strong belief in the importance of Social and Emotional Intelligence in Child Protection work. Her professional experience includes Frontline practice, Strategic Business Planning, Performance Management and Training.  Her interest in infant mental health is more from an assessment point of view as a practitioner and how Social Workers need to know a lot more about child development, trauma etc to assess, analyse, intervene and plan properly.  She strongly believes that emotionally intelligent practice benefits everybody involved.
George Livingstone is Consultant at GLL Consultancy, has a Diploma in Social Work and an HND in Metallurgy and has been involved in the field of Social Work and Social Care since 1971. Prior to taking up his current position he has worked as a Social Care Worker, Deputy Manager and Manager of Residential Child Care Centres, a Social Worker, Social Work Team manager, Quality Assurance Officer, Policy Officer, Trainer and Educational Development Worker, in the Local Authority, Private, and Not for Profit Sectors as well as Regional manager for CDC-Scotland. Since 1985 he has been a Trustee of a Child Protection Charity, BASPCAN (British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) having served as both Scottish and UK Chair of the Association; he was involved in the setting up of ACHE (Action on Child Exploitation) a Charity and Limited Company, and was a Director for 3 years. In its first three years of operation, ACHE successfully lobbied for the Registering of Sex Offenders and for legislation which allows tourists who commit offences against children while abroad to be prosecuted in their own country.
Claire Majella Richards is Senior Lecturer of Early Childhood Studies within the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. She has extensive experience of multi-agency partnership working, having been employed within the voluntary and statutory sectors. Her roles have varied in the fields of mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse.  As a qualified barrister she remains a committed advocate to the rights of children and young people, and is engaged with the activities of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and is a Trustee of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN).
Dr Diluki Kevitiyagala is a Consultant Community Paediatrician with a special interest in autism and child development. She is a qualified user of Griffith’s Mental Development Scales Revised – birth to 2 years and Extended revised: 2 to 8 years and use this tool regularly in my clinical practice. As a qualified medical educator (PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals), Diluki teaches both undergraduate medical and postgraduate multi-disciplinary professionals in child development, autism, ADHD and general child health.
Dr Catherine Powell is a freelance Safeguarding Children Consultant and Visitor at the University of Southampton. She has had a portfolio career embracing frontline nursing and health visitor practice, clinical leadership, academia and national policy.  Catherine is a Trustee of BASPCAN, holding Office as Chair from 2009-2012.  She has contributed to a number of national initiatives and was a member of a working group for the Munro Review of Child Protection.  Her research activity has included work on early indicators of child maltreatment, child death and serious case reviews.  Catherine has published and presented her work to a wide variety of professional audiences in the UK and elsewhere and is the author of two safeguarding children textbooks for health professionals.  She is currently leading on the development and delivery of a Department of Health funded training pack on Domestic Violence and Abuse for the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV).


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