Child Health and Wellbeing Public Lecture Series – Julie Taylor

15th Nov 2012, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Faculty of Education

‘A Public Health Approach to Child Protection: Moving from Downstream to Upstream’

The prevalence and long-term effects of child abuse and neglect are so serious and our capacity to respond effectively so stretched, that it is time to rethink child protection policy. Professor Julie Taylor argues that addressing child abuse and neglect from a public health perspective provides a viable and vibrant way forward.

The approach can be explained using the public health metaphor of the river. People are drowning, rescue workers pull them out, yet more people float past. Public health advocates walk upstream to see why people are falling into the river, which allows interventions, policies and practice to be directed towards preventing people from falling in upstream.

Julie is Professor of Family Health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at University of Dundee, currently seconded to a UK national post as Head of Strategy and Development (Physical Abuse in High Risk Families) with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). 

Julie’s funded research has been focused around optimal service delivery conditions for child care and protection practice, including ‘good enough’ parenting debates.

Julie is the author of five books and numerous academic papers in child care and protection, most recently focused on children living with domestic abuse experience and child neglect.  Julie is part of the Department of Health/Depaprtment for Children, Schools and Families ‘Safeguarding Children’ initiative, and was the Royal College of Nursing’s representative on two Scottish Government Child Protection Review Groups in 2010.

Julie is a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science, Council member for the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, on the steering committee for the Royal College of Nursing’s Research Society, a founding member of the international Child Welfare and Gender Network, and a founding member of the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network. In 2010 she was appointed to the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework for Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy.


  • 6.00pm – Pre Lecture Drinks
  • 6.30pm – Lecture
  • 7.30pm – Light Buffet

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