Women and babies in prison research explored

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Professor Judith Phillips

Top child welfare experts have gathered at the University of Stirling to discuss the wellbeing of babies and women in prison.

The University’s renowned Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection (CCWP) is hosting ‘The Rose Project: Best for Babies’ event today (12 May), in collaboration with Aberlour – Scotland’s children’s charity. Speakers include Stirling honorary graduate Dame Elish Angiolini and Tam Baillie, The Children and Young People's Commissioner in Scotland.

The public seminar, which is part of Stirling’s ongoing 50th anniversary year programme, supports the launch of CCWP and Aberlour’s research into the wellbeing of babies and women in prison.

Event speaker Professor Judith Phillips, Deputy Principal (Research) at the University, said: “Our Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection is a shining example of the kind of interdisciplinary approach to research that we excel in, here at Stirling. I was pleased to attend the launch of the Centre, just over a year ago, and am delighted at the progress it has made since then.

Original research

“The Centre brings together internationally-recognised experts in social work, child protection, education and maternal and child health. These multidisciplinary teams collaborate to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of vulnerable children – whose development can be compromised by a range of personal, familial and social adversities.

“I know the University’s commitment to improving the lives of some of our most vulnerable members of society – and to robust, original research and education that will benefit children – is shared by everyone joining our seminar.”

Fellow speakers include CCWP’s Professor Brigid Daniel, and independent researcher Adelle Gardiner, who will provide an overview of their ‘Best for Babies’ research. They will be joined by event chair SallyAnn Kelly, Aberlour Chief Executive, and Rhona Hotchkiss, Governor of Cornton Vale.

The research was supported by a generous legacy from late Dr Elizabeth Rose, a highly-respected consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist who worked at Airthrey Castle Maternity Hospital and Cornton Vale prison.

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