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Sussex Rudd Centre to host symposium on supporting families and child mental health

A symposium at the University of Sussex on Thursday 7 February will help to deliver programmes that promote positive impacts for the lives of families, parents and children.

Aimed at practitioners, policy makers, national and local government, charities, social care professionals, and family and child support specialists, this symposium will review the latest research highlighting the influence of family relationships on long-term and intergenerational outcomes for children, parents and future families.

It will have a focus on adoption, foster care, looked-after children, and families and children in transition.

The event will be hosted by Gordon Harold, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice, whose work is celebrated for its transformational impact on child mental health. In December 2018 his research was named as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs for its significant influence on people’s everyday lives.

The UK 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.

The one-day event will feature a broad range of speakers and presenters from the fields of child development, adoption, family policy, child and family law, education and social work.

Speaking alongside Professor Harold will be:

  • 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

Professor Harold commented: “This exciting symposium will introduce the very latest research findings of relevance to children, parents and families. We look forward to welcoming and engaging with all symposium participants, speakers and other attendees.”

Places for the free one-day event can be reserved online.

The symposium is being facilitated by the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice at the University of Sussex, which was established with the core purpose of promoting new knowledge of benefit to children, parents, practitioners and policy makers through the implementation and real-world application of rigorous research.

Research at the Centre aims to illuminate the particular support needs and challenges facing children, parents and families, with a core objective of providing evidence-led knowledge and guidance for policy makers and practitioners working to improve the ‘life chances’ of today’s generation of children – tomorrow’s generation of parents.


Posted on behalf of: Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice
Last updated: Tuesday, 29 January 2019

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