The Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) has officially re-launched at Middlesex University following a special event at the House of Lords.
Co-directors of CATS professors Julia Davidson and Antonia Bifulco invited prominent figures involved with child protection and industry to discuss the key child protection challenges in the current environment.
Experts speaking at the event included HM Assistant Inspector of Constabulary Peter Spindler who was the national lead for Operation Yewtree, author of the Munro review of child protection Professor Eileen Munro, and Policy Director UK and Ireland at Facebook Simon Milner.
Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords Baroness Royall of Blaisdon and Middlesex University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Waqar Ahmad opened the event before handing over to professors Julia Davidson and Antonia Bifulco.
Keynote speaker Commander Peter Spindler shared his experiences and lessons from operation Yewtree focusing on Jimmy Savile and reflecting upon organisational failings and the increase in reported child abuse following the investigation.
Prof Eileen Munro discussed the importance of placing the child at the centre of practice and the link between poverty and neglect. The speakers were joined by an expert panel who discussed the challenges in protecting children in the real and digital worlds.
CATS is a cross discipline centre for research, practice and training on issues of trauma and abuse, and moved to Middlesex University in August 2013 from Kingston University. Led by professors Julia Davidson in criminology and Antonia Bifulco in psychology it has conducted research nationally and internationally furthering the understanding of abuse and trauma and its consequences.