Press Release

24 May 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University's Faculty of Health and Social Care is joining up with the national charity 'What About The Children?' to host a one day conference on emotional neglect in infancy.

’Emotional neglect in the Early Years: causes, consequences and practical solutions’, will bring together world renowned experts in the field of Early Years. Using case studies and the latest research concerning the importance of the first three years of childhood on physical, mental and emotional health, it aims to offer practical solutions for those working with and concerned with children and families.

Keynote speaker Dr Margot Sunderland, author of ‘What Every Parent Needs to Know’* and winner of the BMA Medical Book Award (2007) will open the days programme by giving the charity’s 2011 Biennial Goodman Lecture.

Jane Greaves, Senior lecturer in the University’s Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical studies, said: “It is now well known and supported by leading childcare experts, doctors, other health professionals and politicians in the UK, that the first three years of life can shape a child’s future for good or bad. If you can get the first three years right it benefits not only the children and families, but society as a whole producing a healthy, happy and well-integrated young people.

”This important conference, in partnership with the national charity What about the children?, will be of interest to social workers, early years professionals, midwives, health visitors, school nurses, play therapists, general practitioners and those working within child and adolescent services.”

‘Emotional neglect in Early Years: cause, consequences and practical solutions’ takes place on Friday, 24 June, 2011 at Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2YA. For further information go to:

For further information about What About The Children? please call 0845 602 7145 or email

*(formerly called 'The Science of Parenting')



Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. 

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education’s Initial Teacher Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.

What About The Children?

What About The children was established as a national charity in 1994 to raise awareness about the emotional needs of children under 3. It was founded in response to the public outcry that followed the murder of the toddler Jamie Bulger by two children. The charity is a research based organisation supported by a Scientific Advisory Board, our purpose is to represent and promote the emotional needs of the under threes, since they are not in a position to speak for themselves.

The charity, which has no religious or political affiliations, campaigns to prevent the emotional neglect of infants.

We campaign for government and employers to support mothers with children under three to enable them to be the main carer in these formative years.

We summarise the latest medical, psychological and scientific research. We communicate this information to parents, professionals and policy makers through our website , our national conferences, lectures and publications. 




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