Child Neglect: Identification and Prevention

This event brings together outstanding expert speakers from across the third sector and academia, including Chelsea Cameron who hit the headlines when she penned an open letter to her drug-addicted parents. 

We will explore how we identify children at risk of neglect, how agencies can work together to support children and their carers, and examine innovative projects from across Scotland giving you the opportunity to explore possible solutions to the challenges you face in child protection. 

Preventing neglect

The Scottish Government's Child Protection Improvement Programme (CPIP) identified tackling child neglect as a priority. Neglect is extremely damaging to children in the short and long-term. The experience of neglect affects physical, cognitive, and emotional development, as well as relationships, behaviour, and opportunities. While the most obvious form of neglect is poor physical care, neglect can also be educational, emotional, and medical.

You will learn from experts in the field, and hear from others with lived experience, to help you find the solutions to the challenges you face in child protection. 

Join us as we examine how we can ensure that the most vulnerable children in Scotland are identified and supported effectively.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Signs, indicators, and risk factors of neglect
  • The lived-experience of emotional neglect
  • Arrangements for multi-agency working
  • Toolkits for help identify the risks, needs and the impact of neglect
  • The role of universal services
  • Examples of good practice from across Scotland

Why come?

  • Learn from outstanding experts involved in all aspects of child protection in Scotland 
  • You chance to question all of these great people 
  • Join the conversation in our interactive roundtable discussion 
  • Meet other people involved in child protection and share best practice 


9.45 Registration and Refreshments 

10.30 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

10.35 Session 1: Children at Risk of Neglect in Scotland

  • Examine the policy context
  • The latest research on child neglect in Scotland
  • Prioritising neglect in practice

10.35 Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive, Children 1st

10.55 James Cox, Children and Families Lead, Social Work Scotland

11.15 Children's Hearings System & at Risk Children

Drawing on her research on children's reporter decision making, Dr Michelle Donnelly will examine how at risk children are brought within the children's hearings system in Scotland.

Dr Michelle Donnelly, Centre of Child Wellbeing and Protection, University of Stirling 

11.35 Q&A

11.45 Refreshments and Networking 

12.05 Session 2: Approaches to Supporting Children Experiencing Neglect 

12.05 Practices around adolescent neglect

Fiona Steel, Operational Director – Children's Services, Action for Children

12.25 Chelsea Cameron – Coping with parental addiction

Chelsea penned an open letter to her drug-addicted parents in 2017. She told her parents that, "your example showed me that life is all about choices and that I didn't need to make the same ones you did". Hear from Chelsea as she discusses her personal experiences and highlights the devastating emotional impact parental drug addiction can have on children, and how agencies can best support children in similar situations. 

12.50 Q&A

13.00 Lunch and Networking 

13.45 Session 3: Early Identification & Good Practice from Across Scotland

  • Toolkits for identifying children at risk
  • Identification of wellbeing concerns in education
  • Pathways for bringing agencies together to tackle child neglect

13.45 Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates will lead the discussion to identify your key objectives in child protection. This is your chance to enjoy peer learning and discussion and hear innovative approaches from different organisations.

14.15 Katherine Allen, PhD researcher, University of Stirling 

14.35 Safe Strong and Free A Primary Abuse Prevention Programme 

Safe Strong and Free aims to reduce the vulnerability of young children to abuse and assault. It is the only project of its kind in Scotland and now covers two local authorities. In this talk, hear about the methods of Safe Strong and Free and the way the project empowers children with the tools to stay safe.

Kerry Glen, Project Coordinator, Safe Strong and Free

14.55 Expert speaker

15.15 Q&A 

15.25 Closing Remarks from the Chair 

15.30 Close of Event 

*The agenda is subject to change 

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.




Central Edinburgh, to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

21 March 2019

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