Due to semi-retirement (from 2014) I no longer undertake conference/workshop presentations.

Recent presentations


Presentation: Child Protection Assessment–Fine Judgements and Fair Process South Gloucestershire Safegurading Children Board Conference. 24th September 2009, BAWA Conference Centre, Bristol


One Day workshop for Child Protection Professionals in the Republic of Ireland: Serious Suspcious Injuries to Infants: Child Protection Assessment Challenges. 9th June 2008, Limerick Institute of Technology


Presentation: Serious Disputed Injuries to Infants–Child Protection Assessment Challenges. Hertfordshire ACPC Conference, 9th July 2007

Joint UK workshops with Andrew Turnell – March 2007. Working With Disputed Child Abuse: Constructive Approaches to Serious Cases. Newcastle – Friday 2nd March 2007, London – Monday 5th March 2007. Download flyer.

Andrew is the joint author of the influential book published in 1999: “Signs of Safety: A Solution and Safety Oriented Approach to Child Protection Casework” (New York: WW. Norton). His new book, written with Suzannne Essex, is called “Working With Denied Child Abuse: The Resolutions Approach” and was published in 2006 (Open University Press). These one day workshops provide a unique opportunity to hear the authors of two recent major books on child protection assessment (from Australia and UK) discuss their respective approaches to cases of serious suspected child abuse where there is “denial” about the nature of the abuse that has been alleged – or the person responsible.

For further information about the Newcastle and London conferences download the conference flyer: Download flyer.

Visit Andrew’s website for further information about his clinical practice, training and other publications:


A one-day conference: ‘Understanding Child Protection Errors: Fine Judgments‘ took place on 24th May 2006 in London. The presenters included the authors of the book: Child Protection Assessment Following Serious Injuries to Infants: Fine Judgments – Peter Dale, Ron Fellows and Richard Green; as well as other experienced colleagues.

The focus of the conference was on the need to avoid two main types of error in child protection practice:

  1. false negative errors (where child protection interventions are insufficient to protect children from further serious harm)
  2. false positive errors (where child protection interventions are mistaken or disproportionate)

Major themes of the conference were:

  • Identifying family factors that are indicative of future high risk
  • Clarifying assessment practice skills, with a particular focus on potential for change
  • Exploring how therapeutically-inclined assessment approaches can reduce the number of contested final hearings in care proceedings. Download Flyer.

Workshops in Australia March 2006

  • Sydney, Monday 13th March 2006: “Fine Judgments: Assessing Risk and Reducing Errors in the Practices of Child protection and Family Welfare” – a half day workshop with Dr. Peter Dale (UK). Download flyer.
  • Melbourne, Tuesday 21st March: “Fine Judgments: Assessing Risk and Reducing Errors in the Practices of Child protection and Family Welfare” – a half day workshop with Dr. Peter Dale (UK). Download flyer.

These Australian workshops were jointly hosted by the Australian Childhood Foundation and the National Research Centre for the Prevention of Child Abuse at Monash University.

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