School of Social Sciences, Business & Law Conference Conference 2017: Creating Safe Cultures for Young People

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  • 08 September 2017
  • 9.30AM - 5.00PM
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About | School of Social Sciences, Business & Law Conference Conference 2017: Creating Safe Cultures for Young People

The School of Social Sciences, Business and Law annual Conference, 2017: Creating Safe Cultures for Young People will bring interested parties together to enhance knowledge and understanding of some of the key issues facing young people today, to share good practice and to promote discussion on how to create safe cultures of young people.

This conference is being convened with the understanding that young people are increasingly identified as a vulnerable group whose welfare and safety is being impacted on in a multitude of ways.

A rising number of young people have been identified as at risk of poverty or social exclusion, harmful sexual behaviour, mental health issues, interpersonal violence, substance misuse, and increased health risk associated with life style factors.

Building effective community support, increased knowledge, and greater understanding of the issues effecting young people will help create safer cultures and better outcomes for young people. Importantly the health and well-being of young people is at the heart of delivery for schools, local authorities, third sector agencies and improving the safety of young people is identified as a key priority for a multitude of services.

Psychology has much to offer in relation to insight in to risk factors and informing solutions that promote safer cultures for young people. Psychology is a discipline that is multifaceted in relation to understanding behaviour.

Psychologists support a range of services in schools, social services, the justice sector and the NHS. A psychological perspective offers insight in to the patterns of behaviour and circumstances that might lead to increased vulnerability for young people. This comes in many forms and can include mental health assessment, interventions in the form of therapy, models of understanding of behaviour and motivation, interventions that offer support to victims of crime.

This is an exceptional opportunity for those interested in creating safe cultures for young people to come together to take part in presentations, workshops and other information sharing activities in a central and accessible location in the Tees Valley.

Conference Fee: £50

Our keynote speaker is Dr Kimberly Collins. She is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law at Teesside University. Dr Collins’ research interests focus on the facilitation of the communication of vulnerable witnesses, and sex offenders during police interviews and in court. Her research has a strong focus on both the role of verbal and non-verbal cues in communication. During her research she has collaborated with various UK police forces. Dr Collins is also a Registered Intermediary where she works directly with the police and courts to facilitate children’s communication when children are questioned in the criminal justice system.

In this lecture Dr Collins will describe psychological research, and evidence from practice, that demonstrates the importance of providing a developmentally appropriate environment and questioning approach when working with children and young people. The questioning of children requires highly skilled practice that should be informed by a comprehensive understanding of children’s psychological development. Dr Collins will explain how the assessment of young people’s development and communication style is essential for informing best practice and ultimately facilitating best evidence from children during criminal proceedings.


We are pleased to announce that one of the thematic symposiums will be presented by Middlesbrough Football Club. The challenges in creating a safe culture for young people within a pressurised environment are vast. Performance, academic, and social pressures are just some examples of stressors that can affect young people within elite football academies. This symposium will explore the challenges and practicalities of creating a safe culture for girls and boys aged 9 - 18 within an elite football academy environment. The symposium will cover three themes: performance, life skills, and mental health.


9.30am - 10.00am
Arrival and tea/coffee

10.00am - 11.00am
Keynote address
Kimberley Collins (Teesside University)
Best laid plans: the importance of communication assessment when questioning children in the criminal justice system

11.00am - 12.00pm
Session 1 – Oral presentations
Presentation 1: Seán Murphy (Teesside University)
Becoming-Safe: (Re)articulating police practices to create ‘safe’ places for marginalised young people in a time of austerity

Presentation 2: Bernadette Danielle Marron (Teesside University)
Barriers and facilitators to the effective implementation of sex and relationship education (SRE) in primary schools – investigating parents’, teachers’ and governors’ beliefs

Presentation 3: Maryam Shadman-Pajouh and Mervyn Martin (Teesside University)
It is no longer safe not to talk about religion: extremism and creating a safe environment for young people

12.00pm - 1.00pm
Lunch and poster presentations

1.00pm - 2.30pm
Session 2 – Thematic Symposium 1
Carlie Watson and others (Alliance Psychological Services)
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners’ experiences of working with children and young people

2.30pm - 3.00pm

3.00pm - 4.30pm
Session 3 – Thematic Symposium 2
Peter Hood, Chelsey Dempsey and Chris Bradley (Middlesbrough Football Club)
Creating a safe culture in academy football

4.30pm - 5.00pm
Closing address

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