Online National Conference 2022

Building the Capabilities of Adults in Children’s Lives

10:00 - 16:00 (BST), Thursday 28th April 2022

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Live Video Stream

(Stream starts at 9:55 am)

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Schedule of the Day

(Timings are rough guides)

Speaker Biographies

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Prof Eamon McCrory is Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at UCL. His research uses brain imaging and psychological approaches to investigate the impact of childhood maltreatment on emotional development and mental health. The aim of his work is to understand how and why mental health problems can unfold, and how we might intervene to promote more resilient outcomes for children.

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Sally Hogg is currently Head of Policy and Communications at the Parent-Infant Foundation, where she leads work to raise awareness of the importance of the earliest years, and to drive change at a local and national level. Sally coordinates the All-Party Parliamentary Group for conception to age 2 and chairs the First 1001 Days Movement, a campaigning alliance of over 200 charities and professional bodies.


Resources & Materials

Virtual Delegate Pack:

Speaker Presentations:

  1. "Introduction to Emotional Health and Family Links' 25 year journey", Sarah Darton

  2. "The neuroscience of childhood trauma through a social transactional lens", Prof Eamon McCrory

  3. "The Importance of Early Relationships – and its implications for policy and practice", Sally Hogg

  4. "Getting It Right from the Start", Ed Vainker

  5. "Education and Emotional Health - supporting cultures where relationships and learning can thrive", Dr Hilary Emery, Bea Stevenson, Liz Burton and Jane Godby

  6. "Teenagers need support from adults: how can we maximise the impact?", Dr John Coleman

Technical Support

We monitor the live stream to ensure it’s quality. If there is a problem with the stream we will let viewers know immediately on this web page. If you are experiencing problems viewing the stream and there is no announcement, the likelihood is that the issue is local rather than general.

Refreshing this page or trying an alternate browser/device solves 99% of issues. Below are the most common issues viewers may encounter and how to resolve them:

Sound: Firstly check your volume is turned up, in the bottom right corner of the live stream video you may see a volume control that has been inadvertently turned down or muted. Please try increasing the volume here.

If you still can’t hear sound please try playing an alternative video/music on your computer that you know has sound (click here for a YouTube video). If you still can’t hear sound/music then most likely your computer volume/speakers are muted or not working. Please try restarting your computer or check your local sound settings.

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Internet speed: The most common issue viewers face is a weak or unreliable WiFi/Broadband signal. As a first point of action simply pause the live stream video for 10 seconds and then press play again. This will allow the video to catch up with itself. If your signal is really weak and dropping out the video will keep freezing or buffering. Check your internet connection using a Broadband Speed Test. A download speed of 3mbps or higher should mean you are able to play the video.

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If you are experiencing any issues and would like to speak to us please contact Thomas Carrott (01865 405632, or Kitty Fong (01865 405637,

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