11. september 2019 - 9:00 tot 17:00
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ACEs through the life course - a professional development conference | Liverpool Hope Creative Campus | woensdag, 11. september 2019

Join PSS on 11 September for a one-day conference in Liverpool, exploring how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact on mental health and wellbeing throughout people’s lives, and what we can do to help prevent them from happening. Together, we can help give children the best start.

‘The very simple story is that children who are treated with kindliness and thoughtfulness grow up to be adults who are kind and thoughtful… and anything that gets in the way of that very simple process needs to be addressed’ - Robin Balbernie.

From the range of evidence presented in the Liverpool City Region ACE survey (2019), we know that preventing ACEs is both life-saving and cost-saving. We know that babies rely on sensitive, nurturing relationships as a foundation for their lifelong mental and physical health, and we understand the difficulties and barriers for parents to provide this. What’s important now is that we all work together to understand the impact ACEs have in the long-term, and to help develop and deliver a shared vision to help build resilience.
Come along to this professional development conference on 11 September 2019, 9am - 5pm at the beautiful Liverpool Hope Creative Campus, Shaw Street, Liverpool, for a day of learning and specialist insight.


Keynote speeches from two of the most knowledgeable voices in the arena, Sarah Beresford and Robin Balbernie


Take part in workshops delivered by experts from around the city


Hear from Liverpool City Council about what their plans are to tackle this issue


Meet fellow professionals


See a wonderful performance from the children of Fazakerley Primary School.


About our keynote speakers
Robin Balbernie
Robin Balbernie is an infant mental health specialist and was the Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Gloucestershire CAMHS. For many years, beginning with the Sure Start programme, he worked with the Children’s Centres in the county as clinical lead of ‘Secure Start’, providing a community infant mental health service. He was also involved with the Intensive Care Baby Unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital throughout his time in CAMHS as well as running regular supervision groups for health visitors. He is chair of the Peter Lang Children’s Trust, a charity that supports voluntary sector initiatives helping parents and children, from conception to age three, within Gloucestershire. When PIP UK was being established he was initially a trustee and later became clinical director, helping to set up and later supporting specialised infant mental health teams across the country for over five years.
His early interest in working with adopted children led him to the field of infant mental health and the need for early preventative intervention that focussed on the relationship between caregivers and their babies when this is exposed to accumulative stressors from both the parent’s internal world and the wider family ecology.
Sarah Beresford
With a background in education, Sarah completed a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, looking at the role of schools in supporting families affected by imprisonment. Sarah subsequently joined Scottish charity Families Outside as their Child and Family Support Team Manager and undertook development work around supporting young people with a family member in prison, including in-prison training for teachers. Sarah is currently working within Prison Reform Trust’s Transforming Lives programme which aims to reduce the imprisonment of women and is an active member of the Merseyside CRC’s Women’s Alliance group. Sarah is on the Board of Trustees of Partners of Prisoners (POPS) and of the charity that oversees Adelaide House, an Approved Premises for women in Liverpool.
Register to attend
For 100 years PSS has provided support for individuals and families right throughout the life course and we’ll be around for the next 100 years to continue this support. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to this conference and this great opportunity to take the next step in preventing and helping children cope with ACEs.
To attend, please register for a ticket by Friday 6 September 2019. Entrance is free of charge and lunch will be provided.