New workshops on the science behind child brain development

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Attend one of our sessions

We know that early experiences affect the architecture of the growing brain. Positive experiences help grow structures that support good health, while negative experiences such as abuse and neglect can damage these structures and can put children at risk of poorer health outcomes. But not enough people understand what they can do to give children more positive, brain-strengthening experiences*.

We’ve been working on a unique and innovative project to share the science behind child brain development by using a set of metaphors that help explain key concepts in a simple and easy-to-understand way.

Our new workshop sessions will teach the metaphors to anyone working with children, helping them to explain these important concepts to parents and other professionals in a simple way.


If your team would like to commission a workshop please email learning@nspcc.org.uk by Wednesday 19 June 2019 letting us know where in the UK you are based, your team's role and how many team members would be interested in attending.


Learning outcomes

Our workshop will: 

  • introduce participants to a cutting edge approach of using tested metaphors that help explain the science of brain development, child development and the impact of trauma
  • support professionals to help families think about what they can do to encourage healthy development in their children
  • encourage professionals to develop actionable ways in which they can use the metaphors in their interactions with families and professionals
  • support managers to embed the concepts and language in their teams.

If your team would like to commission a workshop please email learning@nspcc.org.uk by Wednesday 19 June 2019 letting us know where in the UK you are based, your team's role and how many team members would be interested in attending.


Tipping the scales metaphor

Watch our Tipping the Scales animation, one of our metaphors that helps to explain, in a simple way, how we can enable children to recover from adversity and build resilience.

If your team would like to commission a workshop please email learning@nspcc.org.uk by Wednesday 19 June 2019 letting us know where in the UK you are based, your team's role and how many team members would be interested in attending.


* National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2007) The Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture: Working Paper No. 5. (PDF). [Massachusetts]: Harvard University.

FrameWorks Institute (2015) Communicating Connections:Framing the Relationship Between Social Drivers, Early Adversity, and Child Neglect (PDF). [Washington, DC]: FrameWorks Institute.