We understand that you'll be teaching when the main conference is on, thats why we want to provide you with a twilight training session from 4pm to 6.15pm to hear the conference highlights but also get some training from world class professionals. Refreshments will be provided.
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Professor David Shemmings is Professor of Child Protection Research at the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and Co-Director of the university's new Centre for Child Protection. His interest, experience and expertise are in child protection.

He will provide teachers with insight into childhood attachment, trauma as well as practical advice for working with young people.

David was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for 'Services to Child Protection'. He is also a visiting Professor of Child Protection Research at Royal Holloway College, University of London. Prior to coming to Kent in 2007, David was Professor of Social Work Research at Middlesex University. 

Author of more than 60 articles, books and chapters on relationally-based social work theory, research and practice. In 2010 David co-authored a government-funded, C4EO Knowledge Review on Working with Highly Resistant Families.

Currently he leads the Advanced Child Protection stream within the West London Alliance Post-qualifying Initiative (involving eight London boroughs) and also directs the Attachment and Relationship-based Practice training in 40 child protection organisations across the UK and Europe. 
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Rhian Taylor is a lecturer in Social Work at the University of Kent. Before joining the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research in 2014 as a part-time Lecturer in Social Work, Rhian Taylor was a practice manager in a Local Authority Youth Offending Team. Her previous social work experience includes managing a 16 plus team for Looked After Children and care leavers, working with unaccompanied minors, and with foster carers. She also lectured for the Open University for ten years.

Rhian also works part time as an Associate for In-Trac training and consultancy, where she delivers training, reviews and consultancy to local authorities and social care providers. In-Trac specialises in social work supervision which is one of Rhian’s particular research interests.

Rhian’s first degree was in English and Politics at York University. She completed her social work training and MSc in Social Policy and Social Work in 1997 at the London School of Economics and her Practice Teachers Award and Post Qualifying Child Care Award at Canterbury Christ Church University.

She will be talking to teachers about motivational interviewing which is a counselling approach that is used to work with people who are ambivalent.

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Fearless is a national organisation which is part of Crime Stoppers. They have produced a website where young people can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality.

What makes this site different is that it also provides them with a safe place to give information to them about crime - 100% anonymously.

They will be talking about the resources and training they provide for schools as well as giving a national perspective on knife crime.

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Revd Nathan Ward is a qualified youth and community worker who has co-ordinated several projects across the Medway Towns to prevent knife crime and youth violence. With a professional background in youth justice he has organised 'The Point Conference' and will give teachers both an overview of the main conference but also an insight into the local picture.


To book your free place at the twilight session please click the link below. Please note that spaces are limited and although we are offering this session for free, we are incurring costs for refreshments which will be ordered for each person booking a place. Therefore if you can't come please let us know as soon as possible or pass your ticket onto a colleague.