Dr Ann Stokes recently attended the ISPCAN XXII International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect in Prague, Czech Republic (2nd-5th Sept 2018), representing the ENRICH project team and Maynooth University. The ISPCAN Congress is considered a premier event by child welfare workers internationally as it is the only global multi-disciplinary conference that brings together professionals in the child welfare arena. Following a competitive submission process, Dr Stokes was accepted to present on some of the ongoing work from the ChARM (Children at Risk Model) research programme.

While at the conference, Ann gave an oral presentation on emerging qualitative findings from the process evaluation entitled: “Understanding the implementation and perceived effectiveness of a wraparound-inspired and community-based parent support programme to prevent child maltreatment.” She also had a poster presentation on preliminary findings on the RCT that was undertaken as part of the study, entitled: “Engaging vulnerable families in a multi-centre exploratory RCT of a wraparound-inspired intervention for parents with children at risk of child-maltreatment.” The two presentations are included in the conference book of abstracts via the following link: http://www.ispcan2018.org/files/AB/ISPCAN2018-Abstract_Book.html

Up to 1,000 delegates from across the world attended the Congress over the four days, and Ann was delighted to have the opportunity to attend such a prestigious event and share some of the evidence-gathered in this important piece of research.