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Michael Sieff Foundation Conference Archive

The reports from previous Michael Sieff Foundation Conferences are listed in chronological order with the most recent at the top of this list. Thes are archived with the links opening in a new browser tab.

Eradicating Child Maltreatment Interventions with Children & Families – Policy & Practice
Michael Sieff Foundation Conference on 9 November 2012 organised by the Foundation, Child & Family Training, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
Presentations from the event are published here
A synopsis of the Parliamentary Briefing held on the 26 February 2013 and prepared following the meeting is published here
The papers presented at the Conference have been published as a book, for further details click here

2010 Conference Synopsis presented at a Parliamentary Briefing on 17 May 2011
A Synopsis of the outcome of the 2010 Conference, below, presented at a Parliamentary Briefing in the House of Lords on 17 May 2011 was attended by Parliamentarians, Policy informers and Practitioners and can be found here.
Download: 2010 Conference Synopsis

Promoting the Well-Being of the Primary School Age Child
Michael Sieff Foundation Conference 2010, 21 & 22 September 2010
A full report of the conference including a record of discussions and recommendations from working groups which were supported in subsequent plenary sessions.
Download: 2010 Conference Report

Early Childhood Education & Care: Making Investment Count
Parliamentary Seminar held on Tuesday 9 February 2010
A full report of the seminar held by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and the Michael Sieff Foundation and hosted by the Earl of Listowel, at the House of Lords. The event was part of NCB’s Firm Foundations campaign which seeks to promote the need for quality and investment in early years services, and to communicate the evidence of the benefits that such services bring to both children
and our communities.
Download: Seminar Final Report

The Reception Years: ensuring children’s well-being from 3 to 5 including preparing for school
Michael Sieff Foundation Conference 2009, 21 – 23 September 2009
A full report of the conference including a record of discussions and recommendations from working groups which were supported in subsequent plenary sessions. The report links to speaker presentations.
Download: 2009 Conference Report

1908 – 2008: The Children Act 100 years on young defendants today
Michael Sieff Foundation Conference, 28 April 2009
A full report of the conference including a record of discussions and recommendations from working groups along with a list of attendees.
Download: Conference Report

From Conception to Reception: Early Years Intervention
Michael Sieff Foundation Conference 2008, 22 – 24 September 2008
A number of recommendations emerged from group discussions at the conference and were discussed and supported in subsequent plenary sessions. These can be viewed via the links below.
Download: Conference Recommendations
Download: The Plenary Discussion Document

Preventing the abuse of children and young people and protecting their emotional and mental health
Michael Sieff Foundation, 20th Anniversary Conference, 19-21 November 2007
A number of recommendations emerged from group discussions at the conference and were supported in subsequent plenary sessions and are published here.
Download: The Conference Plenary Discussions Document

Preventing the abuse of children and young people and protecting their emotional and mental health
Michael Sieff Foundation, 20th Anniversary Conference, 19-21 November 2007
Link to: The Conference Plenary Discussions Document

The Future of Care Proceedings
The Government has been considering care proceedings in the light of what appears to be its view that they are unnecessarily expensive. There are crucial issues for discussion and action.
Download: The Legal Conference Report – July 2007

Every Young Person Matters
The focus is on how services for young people can contribute to five outcomes: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution to society, and economic well being..
Date: 7 – 9 September 2005
Download: Conference Report

Children’s Services: How to achieve good outcomes
New legislation starts a long-term programme of change for children requiring unprecedented partnership and commitment by all concerned.
Date: 1 – 3 September 2004
Download: Conference Report

Ensuring Effective Intervention in a Changing World
Wide-ranging issues relevant to the Green Paper Every Child Matters.
Date: 3 – 5 September 2003
Download: Conference Report

Young People in Prison: Prevention, Policy and Practice
The case for a co-ordinated strategy to keep young people out of prison and prevent re-offending
Date: 4 – 6 September 2002
Download: Conference Report

Child Defendants: Is the Law Failing Them?
Legal conference and recommendations for reforming the youth justice system
Date: 25 April 2002
Download: Conference Report

The Needs of Offending Children
Action to reduce recidivism and advance the care of children charged with crimes, leading to improved outcomes for child, family and community
Date: 5 – 7 September 2001
Download: Conference Report

A Second Chance – The Employment and Training of Children with Criminal Records
Ways of preventing children and young people from ending up in prison, whether as first time or as repeat offenders.
Date: 19 June 2000
Download: Conference Report

Cross-border paedophile activity and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes
The conference reviewed the progress of discussions initiated at the conference in February 1996.
Date: February 1999

Violence Between Parents – Children as Victims
Violence within the family must not be overlooked. Action being taken by the Government, police, local authorities and other agencies to combat domestic violence.
Date: 9 – 11 September 1998
Download: Conference Report

Moral Opportunities – 16 to 18 year olds Leaving Care
Date: January 1998
Download: Conference Report

Keeping Children in Mind
An in-depth assessment of children at risk due to parents with mental health problems and learning difficulties.
Date: September 1997
Download: Conference Report

Child Protection: 10 Years On
There was much analysis of the social and economic environment in which children’s services are operating and how that is likely to develop. This was unremittingly gloomy. In sharp contrast were presentations of work in Kent and Earls Court – shining examples of best practice, delivering services with optimism and enthusiasm.
Date: September 1996
Download: Conference Report

Child Sex Tourism: the need for an urgent UK response
The conference was timed to coincide with the passage through Parliament of a Sexual Offences Bill which enabled trial in the UK of sexual offences committed against children overseas.
Date: February 1996

Child Protection Research into Practice: Who Takes the Risks?
More progress will be made if we spread good practice rather than pillory the bad. Some good practice is not even shared between teams in the same authority.
Date: September 1995
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Children in the Crossfire
No one disputed the principle that the interests of children should be the primary consideration, but opinion was divided about where the balance should lie between the interests of particular children involved in a criminal trial and children in general who need protection.
Date: April 1995
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Family Support in Protecting the Child
Relationships, similarities and differences between family support, child protection and preventative work from the points of view of the Children Act and those charged with implementing it.
Date: September 1994
Download: Conference Report

Child Protection and the Criminal Law
Conflicting requirements of the civil law relating to child protection and the criminal law concerned with prosecution was a central theme.
Date: September 1993
Download: Conference Report

Child Protection in Residential Care
Follow-up workshop in February 1993 to the September 1992 Conference below.
Date: February 1993
Download: Conference Report

Child Protection in Residential Care
Considerable public concern was expressed about the welfare and protection of children in residential care. In February 1993 there was a follow-up workshop bringing together managers of residential children’s homes and
others concerned with the protection of children.
Date: September 1992
Download: Conference Report

Partnership and the Children Act 1989
Delegates examined different perspectives and con­sidered the implications of the Act on partnership between the professions concerned with the welfare of children.
Date: September 1990
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Restoring Confidence in a Context of Change and Confusion
Strengthening understanding of the need for restoring confidence and producing constructive guidelines for dealing with child abuse.
Date: September 1989
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Working Together for Children’s Welfare: Effective Intervention
Child sexual abuse cases demonstrate the need for effective intervention by all those who have responsi­bility for protecting, educating and caring for children.
Date: 12-14 Sep 1988
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Working Together for Children’s Welfare
The conference reviewed recent cases of physical and sexual abuse of children, highlighting the need for training all professionals involved in this area of work.
Date: 12-14 October 1987
Download: Conference Report

Working Together for Children’s Welfare
The Foundation’s pre-launch conference focused on a DHSS circular which delegates thought conveyed the wrong approach to the participation of members of the family of a child who is subject to abuse procedures.
Date: September 1986
Download: Conference Report