Latest news & upcoming activities

CPD training courses in interview assessment measures
CPD training courses in interview assessment measures
We run short courses in assessment measures in the areas of Attachment, Parenting, and Child Abuse and Care. The interviews, adopted for adult, adolescent and child use, have been extensively published and used in research and are now available for professionals working in clinical and social care settings. Visit Lifespan Training website for details and upcoming dates.
CATS’ work with Poland: 'Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online' conference, Sept 2019
CATS’ work with Poland: 'Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online' conference, Sept 2019
Dr Elena Martellozzo was invited to attend the conference and present the findings from research funded by the NSPCC and OCC on the impact online pornography may have on children and young people (Martellozzo et al, 2016). Elena was part of the session exploring the “harmful effect of Pornography and Sexting”. The event was attended by practitioners working with children and was funded but the Empowering Children Foundation, Warsaw. Elena and the CATS team will continue to engage with the foundation and explore possibilities to collaborate.
Attachment Style Interview training coming to Australia
Attachment Style Interview training coming to Australia
CATS is rolling out their ASI training in Australia with Secure Base Solutions throughout 2019. We are delighted with this new partnership and will be pleased to see the attachment interview used in child protection and related services in Australia.

Past activities

Prof Julia Davidson contributes to government drive for internet safety
Prof Julia Davidson contributes to government drive for internet safety
CATS co-director Julia Davidson, Prof Sonia Livingstone, LSE, and Dr Joanne Bryce, Uni of Central Lancashire have been commissioned by the government to produce a report detailing how young people use the internet, the dangers they face and the issues with safeguarding them. The report will be part of a new Internet Safety Strategy aimed at making Britain the safest country in the world for children and young people to be online.
New CATS project in the IoM: neglect and related issues in Safegurding
New CATS project in the IoM: neglect and related issues in Safegurding
We undertook the ‘Assessing Care’ project in the Isle of Man throughout 2018. We are happy to report that this partnership between Isle of Man Safeguarding Board, St Christopher’s Fellowship and CATS sucessfully enhance assessment of neglect and related issues on the island.
CATS' Erasmus & a visit to University of Warsaw
CATS' Erasmus & a visit to University of Warsaw
CATS staff were awarded Erasmus+ staff mobility grants to underpin a bi-lateral agreement between Middlesex and University of Warsaw. Prof Bifulco, Drs Martellozzo, Oskis and Demarco travelled to Warsaw in April 2019 and attended a one-day seminar and discussions with IPSiR interdisciplinary policy and other departments with the aim of furthering our research and policy interests in harms to children and families in both countries.
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CATS and Europol report sheds light on youth hacking - project report published
CATS and Europol report sheds light on youth hacking - project report published
Led by CATS co-director Prof Julia Davidson, the focus of the research was on adolescent hackers and associated behaviour. Prof Davidson says the penalties for involvement in cybercrime are not always understood by young people. “Some very IT literate and bright young people are drawn into hacking without realising the consequences should they be caught…”
Prof Julia Davidson on Children’s Commissioner's special panel
Prof Julia Davidson on Children’s Commissioner's special panel
Children’s Commissioner for has made eleven recommendations to help better protect children from intra-familial sexual abuse based on the findings of a panel that included CATS co-Director Prof Julia Davidson. Its research found that only one in eight children who are sexually abused are identified by professionals because the police and social services are geared towards children self-referring or reporting abuse.
CLEAR project in the media - QED podcast on resilience
CLEAR project in the media - QED podcast on resilience
CATS co-director Prof Toni Bifulco participated in a podcast series on resilience, discussing issues of risk and resilience to stress in everyday life and drawing on research into various factors, such as attachment styles, support and coping strategies. She also outlined her team’s latest ESRC project ‘Stress Online’ a computerised assessment of life events which provides a relatively objective assessment of recent stressful experience.