Following on from their highly successful 2018 conference, Organised Abuse in the UK, Izzy’s Promise are once again joining with Eighteen and Under to offer an exciting conference about organised and ritualised abuse.
The Organised and Ritualised Abuse of Children: The Current International Situation conference brings together leading experts from all over the world. All with the aim of breaking the silence around organised and ritualised abuse of children.
The conference will examine the current situation in the world and in the UK specifically and will help workers and supporters to identify and work with children who are affected by organised and ritualised abuse.
The main speakers at the conference will be Dr. Michael Salter from Australia, Dr. Laurie Matthew OBE from Scotland, Neil Brick from USA, Dark Justice from England and Dr Sarah Nelson from Scotland.
Dr Michael Salter is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on organised forms of child sexual abuse, complex trauma and dissociation. He is the author of Organised Sexual Abuse (2013, Routledge) and Crime, Justice and Social Media (2017, Routledge). He sits on the board of directors of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, who awarded him the 2018 Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement. Current research projects include a study funded by the Australia’s National Research Office for Women’s Safety on women’s experiences of complex trauma and existing service responses, and a study funded by the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation that analyses the role of parents in producing child exploitation material of their children.
Dr Laurie Matthew OBE is founder and Manager of Eighteen And Under an award winning charity providing confidential support services to young people who have been abused. She is also a founder member and advisor to Izzy’s Promise the UK’s leading charity for survivors of organised and ritual abuse and of the Ritual Abuse Network Forum (RANS). She is the author of several books about ritual abuse and the Violence Is Preventable abuse prevention programmes for children and young people. She has over 40 years experience of directly supporting abuse survivors. Her recently published research has included participatory research with adult ritual abuse survivors and participatory research with young survivors of sexual abuse who were unknown to authorities.
Neil Brick is a survivor of ritual abuse and mind control. His work continues to educate the public about child abuse, trauma and ritual abuse crimes. His child abuse and ritual abuse newsletter S.M.A.R.T. https://ritualabuse.us has been published for over 24 years. http://neilbrick.com
Dr. Sarah Nelson – Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, has written and presented widely for decades on sexual abuse issues. Her research includes the voices of young survivors, critiques of current child protection systems, backlash theories, community prevention, and physical and mental health issues for survivors. She is author of Tackling Child Sexual Abuse: Radical Approaches (2016)