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DECP Annual Conference 2017: Challenging Beliefs and Exposing Myths

At the moment, the world is a uniquely challenging place for children and young people to grow up in and we hope we have captured the zeitgeist (positively of course) with our conference and keynote speakers.

As an established and thriving section of the BPS, The Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) exists to promote and enhance the psychological health and well being of all children and young people in schools, colleges (and wherever learning takes place) and in their families and communities.  If you haven’t signed up already, I would like to warmly invite you to consider attending our next Annual Conference, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday the 12th and Friday the 13th January 2017 in Harrogate.  If you are a Trainee EP you will probably also be aware of the TEP event scheduled to take place the day before on the 11th of January.

All Psychologists working with children and young people are very welcome to attend our conference, members and non-members alike – we are really keen to foster a spirit of ‘psychology without frontiers’.  The DECP conference is our premier Professional Development event, although we run other events throughout the year too (as well as publishing ‘Debate‘ and ‘Educational and Child Psychology‘).  Over two days you will get a concentrated package of keynote speakers, workshops and presentations that we are sure will excite, stimulate and inform you, as well as seriously enhancing your HCPC CPD training log.

DECP Annual Conference 2017 Keynote Speakers

Melissa Benn

Melissa is an educationalist, journalist and campaigner whose recent book ‘The Truth About Our Schools: Exposing the Myths, Exploring the Evidence’ powerfully challenges the narratives currently abroad that children’s best interests are served by increasing segregation at the expense of an inclusive approaches in education (amongst many other things). As many will be aware, this debate is currently exceptionally ‘live’ in the light of the current government’s proposals for grammar and faith schools.

Dan Goodley

Dan is Professor of Education and Director of the Masters course in Psychology in Education at the University of Sheffield. Dan will address the conference on themes around challenging concepts of disablism and exclusion (at individual, psychological and societal levels) and expanding on counter narratives of ableism and the development of autonomy.

Phil Raws

Phil is Senior Researcher at the Children’s Society with a vast background in research and projects related to themes such as adolescent neglect, meeting the needs of young carers and the sexual and other exploitation of vulnerable groups of young people.

Halit Hulusi

Halit is a Senior Educational Psycholgist at Birmingham City Council. He is a member of the BPS Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section, which was formed in 2013 with the intention of creating a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in which the concept of psychological trauma can be explored. Halit has been involved with the BPS Presidential Taskforce on Refugees and Asylum Seekers and will present a major guidance document on psychologists working with refugees and asylum seekers that will shortly be published. Given recent events in Calais and across Europe and beyond, this guidance could not be more timely for psychologists working with Children and Young People.

We look forward to seeing you in January!

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Declaration of interest

Dan, the founder of, is a committee member for the DECP

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