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A Critical Review of Safeguarding

Robert DS Brown

When?
Tuesday, June 27 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

66 Regent Street
Cheltenham
GL50 1HA

Who?
Robert DS Brown

What's the talk about?

"No one expects the Spanish Inquisition" is a critical review of Safeguarding over the years and how perceptions, reality and myth impact on how we view child protection and the protection of the vulnerable in the 21st Century.

Robert Brown is a former Head of Public Protection for Devon and Cornwall Police serving as a police officer for over 30 years he gained an insight into the need for improved responses around protecting the young and the vulnerable and the difficulties in finding the balance between protecting the public and individual rights. Having retired from the Police he now works for the Catholic Church as the Safeguarding Coordinator for the Diocese of Plymouth which covers Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.

Dr Kimberley Wade

When?
Tuesday, September 26 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

66 Regent Street
Cheltenham
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Who?
Dr Kimberley Wade

What's the talk about?

Suggestive techniques can lead people to remember wholly false childhood events such as being lost in a shopping mall or being hospitalized overnight. Although most false memory research has relied on some form of verbal suggestion to influence what people recall, recent research shows that photographs—both genuine and doctored—can create havoc in memory too.

Kim will discuss the extent to which images and videos can influence memory for significant, recent experiences, and show that people might even confess to, or testify about, events that never happened if they are confronted with fabricated evidence. She will also discuss new research on people with highly superior autobiographical memories. These people demonstrate incredibly detailed and robust memories, but are they immune to memory errors?

Dr Kim Wade is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Warwick. She is a cognitive psychologist specialising in autobiographical memory and memory distortions, best known for her research demonstrating the power of doctored images to produce false memories.  Kim is especially interested in the mechanisms that drive the development of false memories, and in refining the theories that explain false memory phenomena. Her research is published in many high-impact journals, and appears frequently in the media, in undergraduate texts, and in books for the educated layperson.

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