12th May 2017, 9am-3pm (Iris Murdoch Building)
This public seminar will highlight the publication of the ‘Rose Project: Best for Babies’, 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.
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.