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Presentations from Past Events

Download resources including PowerPoint presentations from recent MRC events:


Friday 20 November 2020

Social Work with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People

• Prof Ravi KS Kohli University of Bedfordshire


Friday 16 October 2020

The Care Pathways of Children Entering Care – Where Do They End Up?

• Prof Beth Neil University of East Anglia


Friday 17 July 2020

That Other Epidemic: County Lines

• Prof John Pitts and Dr Tim Bateman, University of Bedfordshire


Monday 13 July 2020

Parental Alienation in the Family Courts

• Dr Adrienne Barnett, Brunel University London


Friday 29 May 2020

21st Century Contact: Young People In Care and Their Contact with Birth Families Via Mobile Communication Devices

• Dr Jenny Simpson University of Northampton


Friday 13 March 2020

Re-Imagining Social Care Services in Co-Production with Disabled Parents and Professionals

• Prof Emily Munro, University of Bedfordshire


Monday 3 February 2020

Meaningful Participation of Children and Young People in Decisions About Their Care

• Dr Clive Diaz, University of Bedfordshire


Thursday 30 January 2020

Engaging Neglectful Parents from Affluent Backgrounds in the Child Protection System

Prof Claudia Bernard, Goldsmiths, University of London


Monday 13 January 2020

Mental Health of Gang-Affected Young People

Nsang Cristia Esimi Cruz, London Borough of Barnet
Dr Suzella Palmer, University of Bedfordshire


Friday 6 December 2019

Conference: Implementing the New Safeguarding Children Arrangements: Challenges and Opportunities

See below for presentations from the day:


Wednesday 27 November 2019

Improving Outcomes for Women and Children in Dangerous Relationships

Amna Abdullatif, Women’s Aid Federation of England


Tuesday 12 November 2019

Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse: Addressing Risk and Protective Factors

Dr Debra Allnock, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bedfordshire


Friday 11 October 2019

Supporting the Development of Strengths-Based Social Work Practice with Children and Young People: The Role of Practice-Coaching

Dr Lisa Bostock, Munira Khan, and Amy Lynch
University of Bedfordshire
John McDonnell, London Borough of Islington


Friday 5 July 2019

Making Good Decisions: Law for Social Work Practice

Professor Michael Preston-Shoot


Friday 5 July 2019

Conceptualising and Responding to Self-Neglect: The Challenge for Adult Safeguarding

Professor Michael Preston-Shoot


Monday 1 July

Doing What Counts, and Measuring What Matters: A Whole System Change Programme for Child Protection Social Work

Dr Vivi Antonopoulou, University College London

John McDonnell, London Borough of Islington


Tuesday 25 June 2019

Special Guardianship: Contact Between Children and Their Birth Parents

Dr Nic Thompson, Luton Borough Council


Monday 10 June 2019

Blinded by Science? Social Work and the Malleable Gene

Sue White, Professor of Social Work, University of Sheffield 


Monday 20 May 2019

Understanding and Responding to Forced Marriage, `Honour'-Based Violence, Transnational Marriage Abandonment and Dowry Violence

Dr Sundari Anitha, University of Lincoln


Thursday 9th May 2019

Conference: Justice, Inequality and Gender Based Violence

See below for presentations from the day:


Thursday 2 May 2019

Foster Carer Reviews - Making the Most of a Development Opportunity

Dr Helen Cosis Brown, Independent Social Worker, and Local Authority Fostering and Adoption Chair


Monday 29 April 2019

The End of the Line: The Impact of County Lines on Young People in Target Destinations

See below for presentations from the day:


Monday 1st April 2019

The Role of the Supervising Social Worker

Dr Helen Cosis Brown, Independent Social Worker, and Local Authority Fostering and Adoption Chair


Thursday 7 March 2019

Meeting the Support Needs of People Trafficked to the UK

Dr Patricia Hynes, University of Bedfordshire
Dr Patrick Burland, International Organization for Migration


Thursday 28 February 2019

The Recruitment, Assessment, Support and Supervision of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Foster Carers

Dr Helen Cosis Brown, Independent Social Worker, and Local Authority Fostering and Adoption Chair


Friday 8th February 2019

`Where Do I Belong?' Building Positive Identity and Secure Attachment in Looked After and Adopted Children

Joan Moore, Freelance Play Therapist and Dramatherapist


Friday 18 January 2019

Thursday 17 January 2019

Communicating Empathy in Child and Family Social Work

Amy Lynch and Fiona Newlands, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire


Tuesday 4 December 2018

Working With Adolescents In and On the Edge of Care

Prof Emily Munro, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire


Thursday 6 December 2018

Practitioner Research

Dr Gail Simon, University of Bedfordshire


Tuesday 20 November 2018

Meaningful Participation of Children and Young People in Decisions About Their Care

Clive Diaz, School for Social Sciences, Cardiff University

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Tuesday 6 November 2018

Multi-Disciplinary Working in Children's Services: How Innovation is Adopted by Staff

Dr Lisa Bostock, Amy Lynch and Fiona Newlands, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire


Monday 29 October 2018

Resilience: Older People & Social Care


Tuesday 16 October 2018

Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London, and Making Research Count Learning Disability Series

Shahid Zaman, Consultant Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist, University of Cambridge


Monday 15 October 2018

Letting the Future In: Evaluating a Therapeutic Intervention for Child Sexual Abuse

University of Bedfordshire's Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR) Professorial and Expert Speaker Lecture

John Carpenter, Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Applied Social Science, University of Bristol


Tuesday 9 October 2018

5th Annual Conference: Making Research Count and the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's College London

Mental Health Social Care 2018


Thursday 4 October 2018

Wicked Problems and Clumsy Solutions: Understanding Leadership in Adults' and Children's Services

Prof Keith Grint
Warwick Business School 
University of Warwick


Thursday 23 August 2018

The Role of the Approved Mental Health Professional:A Fool’s Errand?

Seminar series, Contemporary Issues in Mental Health

Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London and Making Research Count


Monday 16 July 2018

Multiple and Intersecting Needs:Improving Women's Access to Support

Dr Kathryn Hodges, St Mary's University


Monday 2 July 2018

Working with Interpreters in Social Work

Rebecca Jones, University of Bedfordshire, and
David Westlake, Cardiff University


Wednesday 20 June 2018

Prof Michael Preston-Shoot, University of Bedfordshire

Learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews

Making Good Decisions: Law for Social Work Practice


Tuesday 12 June 2018

Working with Parents with Learning Disabilities

Dr Jon Symonds, Bristol University

Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London

Learning Disabilities Seminar Series


Wednesday 6 June 2018

Conceptualising and Responding to Self-Neglect:The Challenge for Adult Safeguarding

Prof Michael Preston-Shoot, University of Bedfordshire


Thursday 24 May 2018

Exploring Relationships in Social Work

Claire Collins, Biggleswade Family Support, Central Bedfordshire Council

Tracie Collins, Head of Family Support, Central Bedfordshire Council

Verity Hague, Senior Practitioner, Hertfordshire County Council

Jo Williams, Senior Lecturer, Frontline

Sharon Keenan, Practice Manager, Conferencing and Review,
Professional Standards, Central Bedfordshire Council


Monday 21 May 2018

One-Day Conference

What Do We Mean By 'Children in Need' in 2018?

Steve Broach, Barrister,
Monckton Chambers

Dame Christine Lenehan,
Director of Council for Disabled Children

Professor Jane Tunstill, Emeritus Professor, Royal Holloway, and
Visiting Professor, King’s College London

Steve Walker
Director of Children and Family Services, Leeds City Council


Wednesday 9 May 2018

Signs of Safety: What Can Change, and What's Harder to Change?

Jo Moriarty, King's College London


Friday 20 April 2018

A Golden Thread? The Relationship Between Supervision, Practice and Outcomes

Dr David Wilkins, University of Bedfordshire


Thursday 22nd March 2018

Workshop 22 February 2018

Safeguarding Children and Young People Online

Claudia Megele, Head of Service for Quality Assurance and Principal Social Worker, Wiltshire Council


Conference 20 February 2018

Seminar 19 February 2018

Understanding and Responding to Forced Marriage, 'Honour'-Based Violence, Transnational Marriage Abandonment and Dowry Violence

Dr Sundari Anitha, University of Lincoln


Workshop 8 February 2018

Multi-Disciplinary Working in Children's Services

Dr Lisa Bostock and Amy Lynch, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire


Seminar 29 January 2018

The Role of the Supervising Social Worker in Foster Care

Prof Helen Cosis-Brown, University of Bedfordshire


Seminar 25 January 2018

Working Together to Improve Local Responses to Child Sexual Exploitation

Dr Lucie Shuker, University of Bedfordshire


Communicating Empathy in Child and Family Social Work

Amy Lynch and Fiona Newlands, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire


Understanding and Responding to Forced Marriage, 'Honour'-Based Violence, Transnational Marriage Abandonment and Dowry Violence

Dr Sundari Anitha, University of Lincoln


What Happens in Child and Family Social Work Supervision?

Dr David Wilkins, Tilda Goldberg Centre, University of Bedfordshire


Domestic Abuse: What Practitioners Need to Know About Working With Male Perpetrators

Dermot Brady, Kingston University London


Transitions to Permanence and Post-Adoption Contact

Prof Helen Cosis-Brown, Visiting Professor, University of Bedfordshire


Family Group Conferencing in Adult Social Care

Jacqueline White, and Denice Houslin, Centre for the Development of Social Care Practice, University of Bedfordshire


Parental Experiences of Shame and Humiliation in the Child Protection Process

Matthew Gibson, University of Birmingham


'Reinforcing or Reducing Inequality Among Children? The Role of Child Protection Services'

Prof Kate Morris, University of Sheffield
Poverty and Practice: Case Study Messages

Prof Paul Bywaters, Coventry University
Identifying and Understanding Inequalities in Child Welfare Intervention Rates: Comparative Studies in the Four UK Countries

Prof Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; and McGill University, Canada
Reconciliation Means Not Saying Sorry Twice: Engaging Children in Equity Campaigns


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