CRFR informal seminars are FREE but booking is essential. To register please email: (CRFR reserves the right to charge a £5 cancellation fee if a booking is made but the delegate fails to appear)

Please feel free to bring your lunch (we will provide water, but as the seminars are free we cannot provide tea or coffee. You are welcome to bring some with you and you can get a take-away from the Business School Café at 29 Buccleuch Place).

Emotions seminar

Relationships: Do they impact on professional
assessment, recognition and response to child need?

Wednesday 31 May 2017 • 12.00pm to 2.00pm
CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Jilly Taylor, University of the West of Scotland

Health visiting as a universal service is available for all families from the birth of a child until they enter school. The service is aimed at promoting, supporting and safeguarding child wellbeing through home visiting and family engagement. Health visitors are expected to encourage service engagement by developing sustainable therapeutic relationships with children and families.
The focus of this seminar will be on the emergent findings from a PhD study about the emotion work involved with the development and sustainment of the health visitor-family relationship. It will explore the influence this can have on the health visitor’s role in the assessment, recognition and response to child need.

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Informal seminar

Motivations and incentives for buying sex:
Contextualizing the demand for sex

Tuesday 6 June 2017 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm
CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Holly Davis, The University of Edinburgh

Kinnell (2008) estimates that 11% of the adult male population in the UK regularly pays for sexual services.
This sizable portion of the population has yet to be researched in Scotland, despite recent policy debates focused on prostitution and whether or not to criminalize solicitation. Limited research on the ‘demand’ side of prostitution creates a gap in the ongoing academic and policy discourses within and beyond Scotland.
This project focuses on individuals who pay for sexual services in Scotland, gathering data regarding their
attitudes, experiences, and motivations. The research will not only contribute to filling a gap in existing literature, but will be relevant to policymakers, politicians, police, and the voluntary sector. The aim is to generate data that could impact forthcoming debates on prostitution in Scotland and abroad.

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Informal seminar

Professional proximity in identifying child sexual
abuse in residential care: the closer the better?

Thursday 15 June 2017 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm
CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Greetje Timmerman, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Research into child sexual abuse in residential care has indicated that professionals working in residential homes have a good impression of the incidence of CSA. However, it can be assumed that not all professionals who work in residential youth care are equally likely to be aware of the occurrence of CSA. At the same time, children and adolescents might find it easier to confide in professionals they are very familiar with.

In this seminar we will discuss findings from a recent study on the importance of ‘presence’: do professionals who are ‘in the frontline’ of residential youth care identify more incidents of CSA than other professionals who meet the children less frequently, for example treatment professionals?

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