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Challenging Belief Systems and Professional Perspectives to Protect Children from Harm

Sidebotham, Peter – 2019

Forty years ago, a small group of leading child protection professionals and academics came together to found BASPCAN, the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Their aims were to provide education and professional development opportunities for those working in the child protection field, and to educate and inform the public about safeguarding. For most of this time, the official journal of BASPCAN, Child Abuse Review, has been central to achieving these aims. Now, with this first issue of 2019, we are launching a new look for the Association (now the Association for Child Protection Professionals) and for the journal. In an accompanying news piece, Celean Camp and Wendy Thorogood (2019) explain a bit more about the changes for the Association and some of the exciting developments that we can look forward to. From the perspective of the journal, we want to ensure that Child Abuse Review continues to contribute to those enduring aims of providing education and professional development for all those working in the child protection field, through publishing rigorous original research, comprehensive reviews of the scientific literature, book reviews and training updates, and commentaries on policy and practice.