Childhood trauma expert Jane Evans has teamed up with colleague Lisa Cherry to host the UK’s first conference dedicated to those who are working with, and caring for, traumatised children, young people and parents.
The event on Tuesday June 2, has been organised by Jane and Lisa who felt there were few informative conferences – which were affordable – to help those who deal or live with traumatised children on a daily basis.
Jane, who lives in Sutton Benger, near Chippenham, recently featured as an expert on Channel 5’s acclaimed series My Violent Child, said: “We know this conference will be of great interest and use to anyone who supports and cares for children who are traumatised. They could be foster carers, adopters, teachers, therapists, social or family support workers. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of what trauma, is, what it means and outline what can be done to move towards recovery.”
Lisa said: “American novelist Toni Morrison said if you can’t find the book you want to read, write it. That’s how we feel about this conference. We want to provide people with information they need to help children be resilient alongside resilient adults.”
Jane is a speaker, author and trainer on the impact of childhood trauma on parenting, child development and behaviour while Lisa is an independent lecturer, writer and coach. Both will be speaking at the conference.
Also taking part is former social worker Dr. Eunice Lumsden, the Head of Early Years at University of Northampton, and the academic advisor for the project ‘1001 Critical Days’ manifesto. This manifesto highlights the importance of intervening early in the 1001 days between conception and the age of two to improve outcomes for children.
Another respected voice will be that of Tony Mancini, a chartered psychologist, who has been working with children with complex needs since the mid-1980s. His focus has been on inclusion for children whatever their needs.
He created ‘Psychology Support’ an independent specialist psychology practice and is known across the UK for his work with local authorities, fostering and adoption services, schools, colleges and early years’ settings.
This inaugural conference, at the Oxford Playhouse, only has a few spaces left. Details can be found here
Pictured above: Childhood trauma expert, Jane Evans