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A CELCIS Emerging Insights Series Webinar: 

What does the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and current cost-of-living crisis tell us about the connections between poverty, inequality and child protection?

In this webinar we heard from Anna Gupta, Professor of Social Work at Royal Holloway University of London, John McKendrick, Professor of Social Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University and co-director of the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit and Lisa Bunting, Professor of Child and Family Social Work at Queen's University Belfast.

The webinar explored what the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic and current cost of living crisis tells us about the connections between poverty, inequality and child protection by discussing and exploring the impact inequality and deprivation can have on the welfare of children and what this means for how we can support children and their families.

The webinar and resources will provide the opportunity to: 

  • Access new thinking, research, insight and perspectives on emerging issues. 

  • Think, learn, engage and ask question with staff and practitioners responsible for children's protection and care 

  • Learn about emerging issues and insight with the opportunity to pursue further reading and engagement through existing published resources 

Wellbeing Support  

Given the focus of this series of webinars, what is shared and discussed may be upsetting, so please take time out if you need to during the webinar and afterwards.  

Trauma can affect us all. Please take the opportunity to turn your camera off at any time during the webinar or step away. If you need to speak to someone about how you are feeling, connect with someone you feel comfortable talking to or you can speak to people in confidence at Samaritans by calling 116 123 or Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87.    

If you are a survivor of abuse, further information and support can be found here. 

If you are worried that a child or young person may be at risk of harm, there are steps you can take to share this information. Guidance can be found at the following link: CELCIS Knowledge Bank | Worried About a Child or Young Person. 


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