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Dr Bronagh McKee
PhD, MSW, BA (Hons), DipSW, AdDip

Senior Lecturer/Child Protection & Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Care Leaver Co-ordinator
Education
Building: Central Building
Room: West Corridor
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 405

email: b.mckee@stran.ac.uk

Background & Qualifications

       Early years specialist and social worker

Teaching

      
BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             Module and Teaching Co-ordination
             BA (HONS) Early Childhood Studies
             ........Safeguarding Young Children
             ........Partnerships with Children and Families
             Teacher Education Primary and Post-Primary
             ........Child Protection and Safeguarding Education
             ........Professional Studies and Placement
             ........Teaching Vulnerable Children and Young People
             ........Trauma, Attachment and Preventative Education
             Education Studies Years 1-4
             ........Children's Rights
             ........Looked After Children in Education
             ........Protecting Children with Special Needs
             ........Working with Disadvantaged Children
             BSc Health, Physical Activity and Sport
             ........Professional Studies 3
             MA Early Childhood Studies
             M.Ed (PASTORAL CARE)Safeguarding and Mental Health
             M.Ed (EDUCATION STUDIES) Social Disadvantage
             M.Ed (YOUTH WORK)Child Sexual Exploitation
             PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
             ....Pastoral Care
             ....Preventative Education
             ....Protecting Young Children
             ....Understanding the Needs of Looked After Children
             ....Trauma and Attachment
             ....Grief and Loss
             ....Working with Parents and Other Professionals
             ....Child Protection and Social Media
             ....Therapeutic Play with Young Children
             ....The Designated Teacher
             ....Understanding Domestic Violence


Scholarship and Research

      
Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             --------------------PUBLICATIONS----------------------
             McKee, B.E. and Cummins, B. (2015) Initial Teacher Education and Looked After Children - Who Cares? Research Briefing Paper. Belfast: Stranmillis University College
             McKee, B.E. and Mason, S. (2015) 'Domestic violence and abuse prevention programmes in the early years classroom: a pastoral, academic and financial priority?' Pastoral Care in Education. The International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development Vol. 33, no.4 pp205-213. DOI: 10.1080/02643944.2015.1074267
             McKee, B.E. (2015) Preventative Education in the Early Years Classroom: Helping children 'draw' conclusions about keeping safe. Belfast:DHSSPS
             McKee, B.E. and Cummins, B. (2014) Parents and Pre-schoolers on Campus: Raising Educational Aspirations of Parents through a Collaborative University Based Intervention. Briefing Paper. Belfast: Stranmillis University College
             Cummins, B. and McKee, B.E. (2014) The Need for Male Role Models in Children's Education. Research Briefing Paper. Belfast: Stranmillis University College
             McKee, B.E. (2013) 'Child protection in education' in Purdy, N. (Ed) Pastoral Care 11-16: A Critical Introduction. Bloomsbury
             McKee, B.E. (2013) 'Learning to protect and safeguard: Perspectives from Initial Teacher Education'. Child Protection and Safeguarding Newsletter. Vol. 3. no. 1, p6-8.
             McKee, B.E. and Dillenburger, K. (2012) 'Effectiveness of child protection training for early childhood educators' International Journal of Educational Research, 53:pp348-359
             McKee, B.E. (2012) Safeguarding Young Children, in I., Palaiologou (Ed) Ethical Practice in Early Childhood, London: SAGE
             McKee, B.E. and Holt, S. (2012) 'Domestic abuse - Using arts-based education to help student teachers learn about the context and impact on children' Chapter 3 in SCoTENS Annual Report, Cavan
             McKee, B.E. and Dillenburger, K. (2009) Child abuse and neglect: Training needs of student teachers. International Journal of Educational Research, 48(5), pp320-330
             McKee, B.E. (2008) Shared learning and teaching experience, in McKimm, J., Burgess, H. and Rafferty, J. Conference Report: The Higher Education Role in Integrated Children's Services. Southampton: Higher Education Academy Subject Centre
             MacBlain, S., McKee, B.E. and MacBlain, M. (2006) The curriculum: confronting neglect and abuse. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 10(2), pp187-191
             -----------------CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS-----------------
             (2017) 'Child Sexual Exploitation and Trauma: Perspectives from Education Research'. Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation Proactively EA Conference. Stranmillis University College Belfast 30 March (with Dr Brenda McKay-Redmond)
             (2017) 'Pre-service Educators Learning About Childhood Trauma'. BPS Conference Dr Anita Gracie Presenting Dundalk 23 March
             (2016) 'Professional Development in Safeguarding Children and Interdisciplinary Working'. SUC and QUB Safeguarding Conference, Stranmillis University College Belfast 6 April
             (2016) 'Safeguarding and Substance Abuse: Developments at Stranmillis University College'. Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland Conference on Safeguarding and Substance Abuse. Stranmillis Belfast, 10 March
             (2016) 'Attachment and trauma training for early years professionals in relation to 'looked after' and adopted children'. BPS NI Branch 60th Anniversary Annual Conference, Dundalk 3-5 March with S. Fillis
             (2015) 'Early Intervention and Prevention of Domestic Violence and Abuse in the Early Years Classroom'. European Conference on Domestic Violence QUB 6-9 Sept
             (2015) 'Every Voice Counts: Children's understanding of safety through art'. By Invitation NIBPS and UU Domestic Violence Every Voice Counts Conference. Antrim, August
             (2014) 'Early Intervention and Prevention: Domestic Violence behind Closed Doors' By Invitation Community Policing and Safety Partnerships Conference. Stormont Hotel, Belfast
             (2013) 'Domestic Violence: Listening, sharing and learning - or learning to listen and share?' By Invitation Domestic Violence Partnerships Conference. Bangor (Nov)
             (2012) 'Protecting Children from Violence and Abuse', By Invitation DHSSPS and Belfast and South Eastern Domestic Violence Partnership Conference, Belfast (Nov)
             (2012) (with Dr Steph Holt) 'Prevention through Education: Developing an Arts-Based Domestic Abuse Education Programme for Pre-service Primary School Teachers in Ireland' 8th BASPCAN International Congress, QUB 15-18 April
             (2012) (with Dr John Devaney) 'From Shared Learning to Inter-Professional Education (IPE): Perspectives from Early Childhood and Social Work Students' 8th BASPCAN International Congress, QUB 15-18 April
             (2011) (with Dr Steph Holt) 'Findings from a SCoTENS study on Domestic Abuse, Student Teachers and Arts-based education', Preventative Education Conference, Stranmillis University College, A College of Queen's University Belfast - Presenter and Conference Co-ordinator
             (2010) 'Social guardian training to deliver Helping Hands, a preventative education programme in Northern Ireland Primary schools', Invited Conference Keynote Address, Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland, Belfast (Sept)
             (2010) (with Dr Steph Holt) 'Developing a domestic abuse pre-service education programme for student primary teachers', Queen's University Domestic Violence Special Interest Research Group Conference, Queen's University Belfast - invited paper
             (2009) 'Safeguarding young children: the need for pre-service training in early childhood education', Invited Paper, British Educational Research Association [BERA] Early Years Special Interest Group, Stranmillis University College, A College of Queen's University Belfast (Feb)
             (2008) 'Preparing student teachers to safeguard children: training outline', (invitation), Area Child Protection Committee, Belfast (Feb)
             (2007) (with Dr John Devaney) 'A shared learning experience between early childhood and social work students', ICS-HE Conference Higher Education Role in Integrated Children's Services: Preparing Tomorrow's Professionals, Manchester Conference Centre, UK
             (2007) 'Using the Pastoral Pathways programme in pre-service education to address child protection and safeguarding', International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect European Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Lisbon Convention Centre, Portugal
             (2007) 'Developing a child protection training programme to prepare teachers for protection', Postgraduate Annual Research Conference, Queen's University Belfast
             (2006) (with Dr Karola Dillenburger) 'Training early years specialists to protect very young children', International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and BASPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, York University, UK
             (2005) 'Identifying the child protection training needs of student teachers', International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect European Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany
             (2004) 'Child protection in education: Training the trainers', European Child Abuse and Protection in Education [CAPE] Conference, Lancaster University, UK
             (2003) 'Child protection training and early years education: Developing the early years questionnaire on child protection (EYQCP)', European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, University of Hamburg, Germany
             -------------------INVITED TALKS, TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS-----------------
             (2016) 'Are schools failing looked after children?' Imagine Festival Event, Stranmillis Belfast, 14 March
             (2015) 'Understanding the Needs of Looked After Children in Education'. ALC Staff Development Boy's Model Belfast. August
             (2015) 'Teaching Children How To Stay Safe'. NI Ed Camp Stranmillis University College, Belfast. August
             (2014) 'Helping Hands Preventative Education in the Early Years Classroom: Findings from the Northern Ireland Pilot'. Regional Strategy Group, Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Unit [DHSSPS]
             (2014) 'Child Protection and Safeguarding: A Whole School Approach'. Invited Training, Clough Primary School
             (2014) 'Preventative Education: Using young children's drawings to illustrate knowledge and understanding of safety and help seeking behaviour'. Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland Management Board
             (2014) 'Helping Hands: A Preventative Education Programme with Younger Children: Prelimary Findings from the Pilot'. Children and Young People Sub Group, Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse [DHSSPS & CYPSP]
             (2014) 'Protecting Young Children'. Training, Community Playgroups (Feb)
             (2012) 'Domestic Violence is Everyone's Responsibility: From theory to practice'. Invited Presentation QUB and Belfast Domestic Violence Partnership. Belfast (Jan)
             (2011) 'Understanding the needs of children in Northern Ireland (UNOCINI)', Invited Talk, Liverpool John Moore's University, Liverpool (via Video Conferencing) (Nov)
             (2011) 'Protecting young people in sport', Invited Training, Northern Ireland Under 25's International Women's Indoor Bowling Association, Belfast (Sept)
             (2011) 'Child protection training in the teacher education curriculum: policy, practice and legal guidance', Invited Training, St. Mary's University College, A College of Queen's University Belfast (May)
             (2011) 'Child protection in early years settings', Invited Workshop, Early Childhood Education Department, Stranmillis University College, A College of Queen's University Belfast (Mar)
             (2011) 'Developing preventative education in primary schools' (with Sarah Mason), Invited Workshop, DHSSPS Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland Conference, Stormont, Belfast (Feb)
             (2010) 'Child protection in early years settings', Invited Workshop, Early Childhood Education Department, Stranmillis University College, A College of Queen's University Belfast (Mar)
             (2009) 'Child protection training and education students: implications for the pre-service curriculum', Invited Paper, St Mary's University College, A College of Queen's University Belfast (May)
             (2009) 'Protecting young children in daycare', Invited workshop, Private Daycare Chain, Belfast (Mar)
             (2008) 'Protecting young children in playgroup', Invited Workshop, Community Playgroups, Belfast(Mar)
             (2007) 'Protecting young people in sport', Invited Training, Coleraine Bowling Club, Provincial Towns Bowling Association (Oct)
             (2005) 'Protecting young people in sport', Invited Training, Ballybrakes Indoor Bowling Stadium, Provincial Towns Bowling Association (Oct)
             ------------------------FUNDING AWARDS---------------------
             Jan 2016 - March 2017 £1105 Internal Seed Funding to examine Pre-service Educators Learning about Childhood Trauma. With Dr Sheila McConnellogue and Dr Anita Gracie
             Nov 2012 - March 2013 £22,349 DHSSPS Tackling Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Unit awarded to investigate Preventative Education in the Early Years of Primary School with Sarah Mason, Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland
             Jan 2010-June 2011 £5050 SCoTENS awarded to investigate Domestic Abuse Education with Student Primary Teachers North and South of Ireland with Dr Steph Holt
      
Research Interests
             Pre-service child protection and safeguarding education and training
             Improving outcomes for children & young people
             Impact of abuse and trauma on children & young people
             Prevention and early intervention
             Working with disadvantaged children & young people
             Mental health and well-being
             Using arts-based education to explore sensitive issues
             Looked after children & care experienced young people

Responsibilities

       Senior Lecturer
       Child Protection & Safeguarding Co-ordinator
       Care Leaver Co-ordinator
       M.Ed Advisor of Studies
       Module Co-ordinator (BA, T.Ed, MA, M.Ed)
       UG and PG Dissertation Supervisor
       Co-ordinator of the Child Protection & Safeguarding Team
       Chair of the Child Protection & Safeguarding Committee
       Chair of the Child Protection & Safeguarding Stakeholders' Group
       Chair of the Care Leavers' Advisory Group
       Co-ordinator of the Looked After Children Project Team
       Editor of the Stranmillis Child Protection and Safeguarding Newsletter
       External Examiner MSc Disability Research in Professional Practice University Plymouth St Mark & St John Oct 2012 - Sept 2016
       CONSULTATION RESPONSES ON BEHALF OF STRANMILLIS UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
       DoJ Draft Victim Charter for Northern Ireland (DoJ, Sept 2014)
       Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse (DHSSPS and DoJ, April 2014)
       Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Northern Ireland. Call for Evidence (The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, Mar 2014)
       Delivering Social Change for Children and Young People (OFMDFM, Jan 2014)

External Interests / Community Service

       Looked After Children and Bullying Task Group Invited Member for Fostering Achievement NI and NIABF
       Child Sexual Exploitation Independent Inquiry for Northern Ireland. Initial Teacher Education representative
       European Conference on Domestic Violence: Local Organising Committee
       Regional Pathways to Further and Higher Education for Looked after Children and Care Experienced Young People invited member
       Northern Ireland Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Strategy Children and Young People sub group invited member
       Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland Management Board invited member (Director)
       Research and Policy Sub Group Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland
       Child Protection and Safeguarding Trainer of Student Volunteers (QUB & Stranmillis) at Sandyrow After School Support and Homework Club
       Interprofessional Education Programme QUB (Social Work) and Stranmillis (Early Childhood Studies) Co-ordinator
       NSPCC DE Funded Preventative Education Steering Group invited member 2013-2018 (Advisory/Consultancy)
       ISPCAN Safeguarding in Education Special Interest Group member
       QUB & DHSSPS Domestic Violence Research Special Interest Steering Group member
       ACPC Child Protection Training Sub Committee member 2003-2007 (Advisory/Consultancy)
       NSPCC Stay Safe in Primary Schools Steering Group member 2009-2011 (Advisory/Consultancy)
       Child protection and safeguarding trainer in community and sports groups across Northern Ireland
       Founder of CAPE NI (Child Protection in Education) - a network of professionals interested in the protection, welfare and rights of children and young people in education