In conjunction with British Association of the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN) David Niven Associates (DNA) hosted This is my childhood; there will be no other.

The conference tackled early intervention of the ‘toxic trio’ of domestic violence, substance misuse and mental health issues and how they impact children and families – and as professionals, how we can help.

We had some fantastic feedback, included below, of the speakers and content. I therefore felt the need to share with those professionals who couldn’t make the conference some of the fantastic information from the day.


Each speaker developed and built upon each others topics, I have therefore compiled subject areas which highlight the more prominent topics of the day. Programme order:

  • 00:00 – Introductions
  • 10:15 – The necessity of early intervention
  • 14:15 – The pre-natal environment
  • 22:00 – Brain development
  • 25:35 – Toxic stress and the ACE programme
  • 35:40 – Trauma and attachment
  • 40:20 – Sure Start
  • 45:50 – The FAST programme
  • 59:50 – Political and global developments


Keynote delivered by Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP – Dame Tessa 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 o the Government, becoming the first ever Minister of Public Health and implimenting the widely acclaimed Sure Start Programmeto support childhood and early infancy. 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.

Jane Evans – a Freelance & Associate Trainer, Trauma Parenting Specialist,  Author, Blogger, Speaker and Consultant. Jane focuses on attachment in early years, children and parenting effected by trauma – either post domestic violence or with adoptive parents, foster or kinship carers.

Professor 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.



  • Excellent
  • Amazing
  • Inspirational
  • Extremely valuable and vital information
  • Really motivating helping me remember why I do the job I do
  • It left me wanting to go away and make wholesale changes to how I do social work
  • Lynn McDonald was excellent and inspirational
  • Excellent content and thought provoking, practice-influencing
  • Excellent, lots of useful material
  • Meerkat, monkey and elephant will never forget that
  • Engaging, passionate, creative and accessible presentation with invaluable skill sharing
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