Have a read below to see what our ECR bursary winner Guy Skinner did with their award money.
Receiving an Early Career Researcher Bursary from VAMHN to attend the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s (ISPCAN) 2021 International Congress was an incredible opportunity that I am extremely grateful for.
As a researcher, I am incredibly passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable children who have suffered domestic abuse, especially those who live with parents with mental health and domestic violence issues themselves. It is a complex and multifaceted issue that requires a comprehensive and collaborative approach to address.
Attending the ISPCAN 2021 International Congress provided me with a valuable opportunity to learn about the latest research findings and innovative practices in the field of child protection, particularly in relation to children who have experienced domestic abuse. The congress highlighted the importance of a holistic approach to child protection, which considers not only the individual needs of the child but also the family and community context in which they live.
My research focuses on child protection policies and practices, and how they can be improved to better support vulnerable children and their families. Through my work, I aim to identify the gaps and challenges in the current systems and to develop evidence-based solutions that are effective and sustainable.
My passion for this work stems from a deep commitment to social justice and a belief in the inherent value and dignity of all human beings, especially children who are often the most vulnerable members of our society. It is essential that we work together to ensure that all children have the opportunity to grow and thrive in safe and nurturing environments, free from the trauma and harm of domestic abuse.
In conclusion, attending the ISPCAN 2021 International Congress was an extremely valuable experience that has further fuelled my passion for improving the lives of vulnerable children who have experienced domestic abuse. It has provided me with new insights and perspectives, and a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to this important work. I am grateful for the support from VAMHN and look forward to continuing to make a meaningful contribution to this field.