What a fantastic day yesterday was! I’m still buzzing and full of ideas on how to take things forward. It was a great opportunity to meet up with over 100 practitioners, mostly from the north of England, as well as an amazing line-up of speakers. Thanks to Central Conference Consultants Ltd for their superb organisation!
Jo Sharpen, the Children and Young People’s Project Coordinator at AVA opened the conference and kept us all in order through the day. I was on first which was rather daunting but it meant I could relax for the rest of the day. I had been asked to speak on the emotional, behavioural and psychological effects on parents of being abused by their children, and I wove this into an explanation of my own passion for developing knowledge and awareness – and of course the development of this website. Dr. Rachel Condry and Dr. Caroline Miles led us through the interim findings from their major research project; and we also heard in the morning from Dr. Sarah Galvani on her work on the links with substance use, and Lynette Robinson on the Step-Up and Do it Different models of work. After a truly superb three course hot dinner (!) there were three afternoon presentations. The team from PAARS spoke about their work in Enfield and how it emerged from their schools involvement, Supt. Simon Retford from the Greater Manchester police presented his experience from work and study, and Julia Worms rounded off the day telling us about the new Respect Young People’s Programme which is just getting off the ground in the north. One of the benefits of these days is of course the opportunities to network, and to learn of the many and varied projects emerging around the country. As cuts bite, most teams are feeling the effects, but there was also really encouraging news. There were some interesting themes emerging, from my point of view, and I will be covering these in the next weeks. Photos were also taken. Whether any prove to be of good enough quality remains to be seen!