EDIT 8th MAY 2017 – Conference postponed

Sadly we are going to have to postpone until the autumn as we are being overtaken by events, General Elections and other distractions. However, the silver lining to this cloud is that we hope to re-emerge in the autumn, re-energised.

Dr Devine and Stephen Parker of UWE will be considering a call for papers so that we can reach a wider audience and hopefully spark academic interest in the reforms and proposals we want to discuss.

Please do watch this space and we will update you about our new date as soon as we have it.

Thanks to all who have supported the event so far and sorry to disappoint you. But hope to see you all in the autumn.

Save the date – June 9th 2017

The Transparency Project is pleased to announce that the third annual Child Protection multi disciplinary conference will be going ahead at UWE on 9th June 2017.

Read about our first event in 2015.

Dr Lauren Devine will be the key note speaker and will examine what positive things have been happening since we last met in June 2016; we need to consolidate a multi disciplinary group to highlight ‘pinch points’ in the system which need changing.

We also hope to hear further from Surviving Safeguarding about the progress of her parent mentoring project and from Lucy Reed, Chair of the Transparency Project, about its continuing work to promote open and honest debate about family justice, from a variety of viewpoints.

We hope to announce full list of speakers and workshops by the end of February and to take ticket bookings shortly after. We aim to keep costs very low this year as we will be able to make use of the facilities at UWE.

We hope to see you there! If you have any queries about the event, ideas for an afternoon workshop, or would like to be considered as a speaker, please tweet @seethrujustice or email info@transparency project.org.uk.

Look out for #CPConf2017 on Twitter.

Event now live!

EDIT – March 3rd 2017 – the event is now live – tickets can be purchased via the Event Brite link 

Anyone with an interest in issues around the law and policy of the child protection system is welcome.

9.00 – 9.45



Introduction and welcome


Key note speaker: Dr Lauren Devine – the lessons from her research and way forward for policy now

10.40 -11.15

Lucy Reed, Chair of the Transparency Project – Transparency and Reporting of Family Cases




Annie from Surviving Safeguarding and the Parents Mentor Scheme


Sarah Phillimore – issues of violence and abuse in family cases



14.00 – 15.00

WORKSHOPS – Children, disabilities and child protection with the POTATO group; impact of domestic violence on decisions in child protection

15.00 – 15.15


15.15 – 16.30

Open floor discussion