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This public seminar will highlight the publication of the ‘Rose Project: Best for Babies’, a recent report produced in collaboration with the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection and Aberlour – Scotland’s children’s charity.

The Rose Project: Best for Babies considers the intersect between a baby’s best interests and the custodial options for women in Scotland. When a pregnant women or a mother of an infant is given a custodial sentence, in what ways does the women’s custodial estate support the best interests and wellbeing of her baby? How are babies supported to remain in their mothers’ care, where this is in their best interests? And how do the existing custodial options support a baby’s best interests when they do stay with their mother or are likely to return to their mother’s care? Through interviews with imprisoned mothers and relevant professionals, The Rose Project gathered information about the current situation for the babies of imprisoned mothers. The interviews yielded rich data and a broad range of emerging themes.

At this seminar the emerging themes will be explored, as well as providing examples of current good practice; we will identify areas for improvement and topics for further research.

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Speakers include Dame Elish Angiolini, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, Professor Brigid Daniel, University of Stirling, Tam Baillie, Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

The event will be chaired by Aberlour CEO SallyAnn Kelly, who has more than 25 years of experience working in children’s services and is the chair of the Committee on Care and Support for Children and Young People within the CCPS (Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland)

Who should attend?

This event will be of particular interest to policy makers, social work practitioners and managers, those working in health, education and criminal justice

About the Rose Project

Dr Elizabeth Rose was a highly respected obstetrician and gynaecologist. After graduating in Medicine from Edinburgh University, Dr Rose moved to the old Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. After the war she moved back to Scotland and became a consultant at the Stirling Royal Infirmary and Airthrey Castle Maternity Hospital. Dedicated to improving women’s health nationwide,

Dr Rose was instrumental in setting up the Brook Advisory Centre in Scotland (now Caledonia Youth) in the 1960s, at a time when giving contraceptive advice to unmarried women was still controversial. Her passions outside of work included the creative arts and she took great interest in the development of the Macrobert Centre at the University. Elizabeth Rose passed away in 2011, 3 days before her 95th birthday. The Rose Project: Best for Babies is named in her honour.

The ‘Best for Babies’ work was possible thanks to the generous legacy of Dr. Elizabeth Rose,

additional funding from the Barrow Cadbury Trust and resources from Aberlour.


A copy of The Rose Project: Best for Babies report can be found here.

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