Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice


Rudd Centre Symposium 2019
Supporting Families, Parents and Children: An Intergenerational Perspective

Aimed at practitioners, policy makers, national and local government, charities, social care professionals, family and child support specialists; this symposium will review the very latest research highlighting family relationship influences on long-term and intergenerational outcomes for children, parents and future families, with a focus on adoption, foster care, looked after children and families/children in transition.

The Government has expressed a firm commitment to improving mental health, emphasising the important role that supportive family relationships play in promoting long-term positive outcomes for children and adolescents.

The symposium will highlight recent practice and policy developments in this area, featuring a broad range of internationally renowned speakers, facilitating the next generation of training and capacity building that will help equip practitioners with the skills required to deliver evidence-based programmes that promote positive impacts for the lives of families, parents and children.

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Gordon Harold - Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice. 
  • Professor Leon Feinstein - Director of Evidence, Office of the Children’s Commissioner, England.
  • Dr Lisa Harker – CEO, The Art Room.
  • Dr Nancy Kelley, Deputy Chief Executive, NatCen.
  • Dr John Simmonds OBE - Director of Policy, Research and Development, CoramBAAF.

This event is being facilitated by the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice, and the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the University of Sussex.

This event is free and includes a buffet lunch, however booking is essential as capacity is limited.

To book your place, visit

Presentations for the Rudd Centre Symposium
Prof Gordon Harold [PDF 2.26MB] 
John Simmonds Presentation Rudd Centre Symposium 2019 [POTX 1.17MB] 
Lisa Harker Rudd Centre Symposium 2019 [PPTX 23.23MB]
Mental Health and Looked After Children - Nancy Kelley [PPTX 3.68MB]

Essential Information
Event: Rudd Centre Symposium: Supporting Families, Parents and Children: An Intergenerational Perspective
Venue: University of Sussex Conference Centre, Bramber House, Refectory Rd, Falmer BN1 9QU
Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
Time: 9.30am to 5.00pm



Mental Health Network - eNurture

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Prof Gordon Harold speaking at Parliamentary Event in WestminsterProf Gordon Harold

Brighton & Hove City Council
Stronger Families Stronger Communities Conference 20 June 2018

Prof Gordon Harold was the keynote speaker at the conference on 20 June 2018.  The theme for the event was "Reducing Interparental Conflict: Help Parents, Helping Children.  Prof Harold's presentation focussed on "How the Interparental Relatioship affects Children's Mental Health: Theory, Research and Practice Implications.  This was followed by an assessment activity which was presented by Dr Ruth Sellers and PhD student Amelia Smith.  Approximately 150 - 200 front line practitioners attended the event.



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