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You can also read about our inspiring set of seminars on ways in which creative arts can help nurturing the resilience of neglected children.

Upcoming events

The Rose Project Launch: Best for Babies

12th May, 9am - 3pm (Iris Murdoch Building)

This public seminar will highlight the publication of Rose Project: Best for Babies, Read the full report here, a recent report produced in collaboration with the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection and Aberlour – Scotland’s children’s charity.

The Rose Project: Best for Babies considers the intersect between a baby’s best interests and the custodial options for women in Scotland. When a pregnant women or a mother of an infant is given a custodial sentence, in what ways does the women’s custodial estate support the best interests and wellbeing of her baby? How are babies supported to remain in their mothers’ care, where this is in their best interests? And how do the existing custodial options support a baby’s best interests when they do stay with their mother or are likely to return to their mother’s care? Through interviews with imprisoned mothers and relevant professionals, The Rose Project gathered information about the current situation for the babies of imprisoned mothers. The interviews yielded rich data and a broad range of emerging themes.

At this seminar the emerging themes will be explored, as well as providing examples of current good practice; we will identify areas for improvement and topics for further research.  

Keynote speakers

Speakers include Dame Elish Angiolini, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, Professor Brigid Daniel, University of Stirling, Tam Baillie, Office of the Children’s Commissioner.  

The event will be chaired by Aberlour CEO SallyAnn Kelly, who has more than 25 years of experience working in children’s services and is the chair of the Committee on Care and Support for Children and Young People within the CCPS (Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland)

Lunch will be provided.

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Previous events


The Rose Project Launch: Best for Babies We were delighted to welcome Dame Elish Angiolini and Tam Baillie in May to the launch of the report we produced in collaboration with Aberlour considering the intersect between a baby’s best interests and the custodial options for women in Scotland.

Hear the day’s presentations here and read the reporter



Over 150 delegates from all sectors, including academics, policy makers and the third sector, attended the official launch of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection that took place on March 2016.

Shifting the Curve

In a very well attended seminar in May Naomi Eisentadt, Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality for the Scottish Government, considered the recommendations she made in her report to the government to further tackle poverty in Scotland and how the third sector can work more effectively with statutory agencies to implement these recommendations. This event was organised in partnership with Circle

A Kinship Care Practice Framework: Building knowledge for practice 

We were delighted to welcome Professor Marie Connolly, Chair and Head of Social Work at the University of Melbourne, in June for an informal seminar where she told us more about the development of a kinship care practice framework.

Named Person Seminar 

This seminar brought together practitioners and researchers to consider the implementation of the Named Person role. Harla Sara Octarra, PhD research in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh shared some of her research findings on the implementation of the Named Person in one Scottish local authority; and Lara Neri, Lead Officer (GIRFEC – Education) at East Lothian, talked about East Lothian’s journey to implement GIRFEC into practice.

Poverty and children: creating creative spaces for children’s participation and agency 

Joan Forbes, CCWP’s Honorary Professor, and Elspeth McCartney, Strathclyde University, reflected on the learning from a seminar series, funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, that explored children and young people’s experiences of poverty and disadvantage in Scotland.

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