Child Maltreatment: New Frontiers in Research and Practice

About this course

This conference will provide clinicians and researchers a unique overview of recent advances in research and practice in the field of childhood maltreatment. 

Our speakers - experts in psychological treatment, social care, neuroscience and policy – will review the emerging evidence and consider:

  • how the emerging evidence advances our understanding of the impact of maltreatment, and
  • the implications for prevention, care and treatment of children who have been affected.


Current provision for looked after children will also be explored through a panel discussion, comprising professionals from education, social work and mental health.

The panel and the audience will be encouraged to engage with the speakers to think about the implications and challenges of advancing current practice.


  • To provide an accessible overview of recent psychological, neurobiological and epigenetic research in the field of childhood maltreatment
  • To consider the implications of such a multilevel approach to research, in particular in relation to prevention and treatment as well as resilience and recovery
  • To share the latest developments in treatment approaches with children who have experienced abuse and neglect, including Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and Minding the Baby.
  • To explore new approaches that could enhance the network around the child, particularly how mentalising can be useful both at the individual and system level


Latent vulnerability: Child maltreatment through the lens of neuroscience
Professor Eamon McCrory (UCL and Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)
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How maltreatment gets under the skin: exploring the potential role of epigenetics
Dr Charlotte Cecil (Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London)
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A Multilevel perspective on the consequences of Child Maltreatment
Professor Dante Cicchetti(Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota)
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The impact of early maltreatment on children and adult’s later function; trying to improve our understanding of the trauma ecophenotype
Professor Peter Fonagy (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL)
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Multisytemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN): The experience of delivering MST CAN in Leeds
Tracey Kayne
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Responding to Maltreatment and Trauma with Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Getting There Together
Dr Roslyn Law (Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families)
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Maltreatment, Muddles and Models: finding a fit for helping traumatised children.  Mentalizing and cognitive behavioural models in conversation.
Dr Dickon Bevington and David Trickey (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)
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Who is this conference suitable for?

This conference should appeal to those who wish to learn more about recent advances in research and intervention in the field of child maltreatment. In particular, those working with children and families where there have been experiences of adversity including abuse, neglect or exposure to domestic violence, including psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers and family therapists.

Equally, the conference will be relevant to those with a research interest, who wish to learn more about the impact of maltreatment on psychological, neurobiological and epigenetic development.

This conference would be suitable for clinicians working in CAMHS and in Social Care setting with children who have experienced severe maltreatment, and will also be of interest to clinicians and legal professionals involved in family law and care proceedings where assessments are made of children experiencing maltreatment from their families.