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NCAS Conference - Policy Session

30 October 2014 - 9:00am
Manchester Central Convention Complex

A preventive approach to creating a large scale step reduction in levels of child abuse, neglect and children witnessing domestic violence

WAVE believes it is possible to reduce child maltreatment levels by 70% in the UK by 2030 – we call this realistic objective 70/30. We have a specific proposal on how to achieve this by applying the principle of primary prevention – preventing harm rather than reaction after the harm occurs. 

WAVE has used its years of research and exploration of the root causes of child maltreatment and violence to devise an approach to be piloted in Pioneer Communities across the UK over a 5 year period.  We believe this approach will deliver results in 4-5 years; show that major reductions in maltreatment can be achieved; and that the economic benefits of doing so are large.

Our approach focuses on maltreatment in the first two years of life and measures the impact through the surrogates of Disorganised Attachment and Maternal Sensitivity. The approach is based on the joint WAVE/DfE report Conception to age 2 – the age of opportunity, reinforced by valuable input from our Expert, Local Authority and Public Health Advisory Boards. The approach also relies on the proven Asset Based Community Development approach to support a whole community shift to prevention.

In this session we explored: the role of local organisations in pioneer communities; the local model, measurement and impact in Pioneer Communities; planning, strategy and risk assessment in Pioneer Communities; specific interventions and the key role of disorganised attachment.

The session highlighted WAVE’s current knowledge in each of these key areas and seek audience feedback and discussion.


About NCAS Conference (National Children and Adult Services)
Vital to councillors, directors, senior officers, directors of public health, policy makers and service managers, indeed any individual or organisation with responsibilities for children and adults in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, the event included a mix of keynote and ministerial addresses as well as plenary sessions by significant players in the adult, children and education sectors.

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