BPS 1 Day Conference: Division of Educational and Child Psychology – 10/02/2017

SomAffect’s Prof. Francis McGlone will be a keynote speaker at one day conference on touch hosted by the BPS:DECP in London on Friday 10th February 2017


Touch: trust, timidity and taboo in professional care for children and young people, who have been rejected, neglected and abused

Date: Friday 10th February 2017

Times: 09-30 to 16-30 (Registration 9.00-9.30)

Venue: BPS London Office, 30 Tabernacle Street, London. EC2A 4UE

Conference costs: £50 including lunch and refreshments

Speakers: Prof. Francis McGlone, Prof. Heather Piper, Dr Laura Steckley, Dr Tony Mancini, and Dr Sean Cameron

Objectives for the day:

  1. To consider the latest research on ‘affective touch’ and its place in professional child care.
  2. To clarify the issues around recommended practice guidelines and/or current perceptions on the employment of touch in schools, children’s homes and foster/ adoptive family homes.
  3.  To discuss safeguarding issues for both young people and their carers.
  4. To decide whether the ‘touch taboo’ issue is one on which the BPS and the DECP should take a more robust and positive stance.
  5. To draft a series of principles and guidelines concerning touch in childcare and educational contexts.

DECP Feb 10th 2017 programme (docx)

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