The links between animal cruelty, adverse childhood experiences and human violence: research and practice

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The Scottish SPCA, together with the University of Edinburgh, is delighted to announce a new conference for 2019.

This knowledge exchange event and CPD opportunity aims to raise awareness of what non-accidental injury (NAI) is in animals (linked very much to NAI in child abuse cases), and how this can sometimes be a precursor to committing further crimes.

Practitioners will be encouraged to screen for animal cruelty incidents when carrying out assessments with children, in particular when screening for adverse childhood experiences. They will learn what to do if they have identified a history of animal cruelty is present.

Delegates will also learn what interventions work when tackling animal cruelty and will hear about the Scottish SPCA’s Animal Guardians Programme, the latest research being conducted by the CAAR (Child, Adolescent and Animals Research) team at the University of Edinburgh and hear from internationally acclaimed lecturer Phil Arkow who established the National Link Coalition - the national resource centre on the link between animal abuse and human violence in the United States.

It is hoped that by highlighting the issues surrounding animal cruelty and providing resources on how to combat the link, together with professionals who work with young people and/or animals, in particular those in the children’s charitable sector, social work, mental health teams, NHS, Police Scotland, vets, teachers and many others, we can work with the next generation effectively and truly make a difference to young lives across Scotland.

Where is it?

Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

When is it?

Monday 9 September 2019

Who can take part?

Professionals who work with young people and/or animals, in particular those in the children’s charitable sector, social work, mental health teams, NHS, Police Scotland, vets, teachers and many others.

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Prevention through Education

Our free Prevention through Education programme for Scottish primary schools reaches more than 270,000 children every year.

We passionately believe our programme will have a huge and positive impact on animal welfare in Scotland for generations to come.

The results have been immediate, with fewer children being involved in animal cruelty.

Find out more about our programme.