4th ENSEC Conference


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 David Berridge is Professor of Child and Family Welfare and Head of the Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.  He was formerly Research Director at the National Children's Bureau, Research Fellow at the Dartington Social Research Unit and Director of the Institute of Applied Social Research, University of Bedfordshire.  David has been a researcher for over 25 years and is author/co-author of 13 books and numerous other chapters and articles.  His latest co-authored book is Children Behaving Badly: Peer Violence Between Children and Young People (Wiley 2011).  His other recent publications with colleagues are: Partner Exploitation and Violence in Teenage Intimate Relationships (NSPCC 2009);  Educating Difficult Adolescents: Effective Education for Children in Care or with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (2008, Jessica Kingsley): Peer Violence in Children’s Residential Care (Palgrave 2004); Taking Care of Education: An Evaluation of the Education of Looked After Children (National Children’s Bureau 2004); Where to Turn?  Family Support for South Asian Communities (NCB 2000); and The Independent Effects of Permanent Exclusion from School on the Offending Careers of Young People (Home Office 2001).  He also wrote Children's Homes Revisited (1998) and Foster Care: A Research Review (Stationery Office 1997).  David was responsible for the recent evaluation for DfE of the Virtual School Heads for Looked After Children (2009) pilots and the evaluation of the Social Pedagogy Pilot Programme in Residential Children’s Homes (2011). He has also co-authored Living in Children’s Residential Homes (2012).  David currently acts as specialist adviser on children’s services to the House of Commons Education Select Committee.  He was awarded the OBE in January 2005 for services to children.

Gordana Buljan Flander, assoc. prof., psychologist is the principal of Child Protection Centre in Zagreb, Croatia. Her career in the field of Child Psychology spans more than thirty years. While working in a Children’s Hospital in Zagreb, in the early ’90s she often encountered abused and neglected children, who at that time in Croatia didn’t have the necessary adult protection. She was among first Croatian professionals that recognized this problem and dedicated her further career to working with those children. She founded “Brave phone”, a helpline for abused and neglected children and founded the Child Protection Centre that has now been running for nine years. Gordana Buljan Flander continued to receive acknowledgments of her work, among which the most prominent is an ISPCAN Multidisciplinary Team Award received in 2008. She has published many scientific papers and actively participated in numerous international conferences related to child psychology in general, as well as specifically related to the issue of child abuse and neglect. In those fields she has also published several books, handbooks and brochures for parents, children and professionals. She is especially devoted to transferring her knowledge and experience to future professionals. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb and the University of Osijek. Through her public lectures and media profile, she works continuously on raising public awareness of child maltreatment issues. She is also very active as an expert witness in the field of child abuse and neglect.

With over 40 years of experience in education as a teacher and director of a middle school in East Harlem, NYC and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City, Linda Lantieri has shown a lifetime of commitment to enriching the daily lives of adults and children alike. Linda is co-founder of the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), a research-based K-8 social and emotional learning program that has been implemented in over 400 schools in the United States with sites in Spain, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. Linda is also one of the founding board members of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She is the coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children (Sounds True, 2008). She has received numerous awards including Educational Innovator by the National Education Association; the Richard R. Green Distinguished Educator Award; the Spirit of Crazy Horse Award for “creating courage in discouraged youth” and the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) 2001 Making a Difference Award. 

Katherine Weare is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter and Southampton. Her field is social and emotional learning and mental health and wellbeing in schools: she is known as an international expert on evidence based practice of ‘what works’ in schools in these areas and has conducted several systematic reviews which have informed policy in many countries. She has advised various national and international agencies such as the EU, WHO and the English, Welsh and Scottish education departments in the area of wellbeing and mental health, and has been a key player and writer in the development of the major national programmes, primary and secondary SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) as well as developing teacher training for health and wellbeing across Europe, including Russia and former Soviet countries. She is currently developing and evaluating work on mindfulness in schools.

Her career in the field of Child Psychology spans more than thirty years.