A Wean’s World – A Conference on Children and Childhood

For the first time With Kids will host a conference on children and childhood exploring our work over the past 10 years. We are a Scottish based children’s mental health charity set up in 2008 to deliver play therapy interventions in nursery and primary schools in the East End of Glasgow. The ethos behind the setting up of With Kids was inspired mainly by the work of the Big Issue Foundation when staff noticed a re-occurring theme of childhood trauma in the background of many homeless clients, what are now identified as ACE’s (adverse childhood experiences).

Now entering our tenth year we have worked with and supported thousands of children, parents and carers, liaised with hundreds of Head Teachers, teachers and support staff as well as statutory and voluntary agencies. The demand for therapeutic interventions has meant we have expanded our service to Edinburgh and West Lothian. With Kids recognised the need to train more therapeutic staff to fill a growing gap in the field of early interventions and in 2016 the first cohort of students enrolled in the MSc Play Therapy in collaboration with Queen Margaret University and next year will see the first batch of fully qualified play therapists ready for action.

‘A Wean’s World’ will be a unique opportunity for our staff to share with you what children and families have taught us over the last ten years. In bringing their voice to life we hope to offer a unique perspective on the how or why of children’s behaviour and explore possible underlying issues passed down through generations. This will take the form of a selection of interactive experiential workshops, case study, discussions, play installations and presentations delivered by a range of skilled, experienced professionals. With time to consider how we as professionals can keep the child at the centre of our work and why in our experience early intervention through play therapy works.

We hope you can join us and if you have friends or colleagues interested in this field please feel free to share.

‘A Wean’s World’
A Conference on Children and Childhood.
Friday September 7th 2018
9.30am to 4pm (registration 9.00am to 9.30am)
The Old Sheriff Court (Scottish Youth Theatre), Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF
Lunch, refreshments and cake included

For more information and ticket reservation go to www.withkids.org.uk or contact us by calling the office on 0141 550 5770 / emailing j.mclaughlin@withkids.org.uk

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