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Child Maltreatment: New Frontiers in Research and Practice at the Anna Freud Centre

7th December 2016

The conference provided clinicians and researchers with a unique overview of recent advances in research and practice in the field of childhood maltreatment. 

The speakers, including Tracey Kayne, Supervisor of the MST CAN team in Leeds (pictured), are experts in psychological treatment, social care, neuroscience and policy. They reviewed the emerging evidence and considered:

  • how the emerging evidence advances our understanding of the impact of maltreatment; 
  • the implications for prevention, care and treatment of children who have been affected.


Aims of the day

  • To provide an accessible overview of recent psychological, neurobiological and epigenetic research in the field of childhood maltreatment
  • To consider the implications of such a multilevel approach to research, in particular in relation to prevention and treatment as well as resilience and recovery
  • To share the latest developments in treatment approaches with children who have experienced abuse and neglect, including Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and Minding the Baby.
  • To explore new approaches that could enhance the network around the child, particularly how mentalising can be useful both at the individual and system level



Multisytemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN): The experience of delivering MST CAN in Leeds
Tracey Kayne
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Latent vulnerability: Child maltreatment through the lens of neuroscience
Professor Eamon McCrory (UCL and Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families) 
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How maltreatment gets under the skin: exploring the potential role of epigenetics
Dr Charlotte Cecil (Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London)
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A Multilevel perspective on the consequences of Child Maltreatment
Professor Dante Cicchetti(Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota)
The impact of early maltreatment on children and adult’s later function; trying to improve our understanding of the trauma ecophenotype
Professor Peter Fonagy (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL)
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Responding to Maltreatment and Trauma with Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Getting There Together
Dr Roslyn Law (Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families)
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Maltreatment, Muddles and Models: finding a fit for helping traumatised children.  Mentalizing and cognitive behavioural models in conversation.
Dr Dickon Bevington and David Trickey (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)
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For more information, please visit the Anna Freud Centre website