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Safeguarding Children: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

April 22, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Place Aparthotel, Manchester

Phone Telephone: (0161) 376 9007              emailEmail: [email protected]            Book for 2016

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Child-Safeguarding-Web-Banner (vf)The Safeguarding Children: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation conference will address and seek to provide solutions to better protect children and young people against such sexual abuse crimes. The meeting will bring together professionals working in this field to examine the current situation, identify the risk factors, review recent cases and reflect on the lessons that can be learned.

Recent high profile cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) such as in Rochdale, Oxford, Derby and Rotherham shocked the nation’s awareness into the existence of a particularly repulsive violation that has for the most part gone unnoticed. Children and young people have a fundamental right to be protected and it falls to all of society to safeguard them. A fundamental change in culture and attitude, supported by greater awareness and knowledge, are the key drivers to ensuring a safer future.

Child sexual exploitation is not a new phenomenon; historical cases of high profile celebrities is testament to this. CSE takes on many forms and can take place anywhere. Until recently it has not been treated as a priority when it should have. More now is being done to protect victims and pursue and prosecute perpetrators however there is still a great deal of work to be done.

Join us at the Safeguarding Children: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation conference where a line-up of child protection professionals and other experts will examine the issues of CSE within the UK. Now that society’s consciousness had been awakened to the horrors of such crimes the conference programme will examine how best to protect our children and young people in the future.

Delegates will gain information on areas such as identifying risk factors, working in collaboration, prevention strategies and law enforcement which will benefit them in the provision of their child protection duties. Case studies will describe examples of best practice whilst ample time for networking will enable further knowledge sharing.

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For many years child sexual exploitation was little known about and even less spoken about despite its prevalence within society. By its very nature it has mostly been a hidden issue and as such it is extremely hard to estimate how many people are victims. Figures obtained for Channel 4 news revealed that more than 6,000 children across England have been reported as at risk of becoming victims of CSE since the beginning of 2013 with 3,009 being referred to social services, or already known to them, within the first six months of 2014. It is widely feared that these figures underestimate the scale of the problem as inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the recording of CSE referrals are still inadequate.

Reports by Anne Coffey MP and Professor Alexis Jay, following the cases in Rochdale and Rotherham respectively, revealed widespread misgivings and failing across agencies engaged to protect children from such abuse. Authorities have been to slow to face up to their responsibilities however there is now an acceptance that attitudes and approaches need to change to safeguard and protect people from CSE.

The sexual exploitation of children can happen anywhere including on line, in gangs or in groups and being able to identify those who may become a victim is crucial in confronting CSE. There are several known risk factors for sexual exploitation. Many victims are in the care system, may have experienced difficult early life including abuse, have low self-esteem and lack confidence. They may have abused drugs and alcohol, have gone missing or indeed homeless and have a history of challenging or offending behaviour.

The internet and social media has proved a medium on which perpetrators can groom potential victims. The government have announced new measures to make it much more difficult for criminals to exploit the almost limitless potential of the digital age to abuse children for sexual purposes including plans for new legislation to make it a specific offence for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.

The impacts on a CSE victim and their families can be devastating. This destructive crime can result in serious long-term emotional and physical problems affecting health, happiness and development.

Join us at the Safeguarding Children: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation conference where we will we will discuss how to confront and combat the exploitation of children and young people. This is an opportunity for professionals working in child protection to hear the latest news and developments in the fight against this appalling crime, exchange knowledge and share experiences with the common cause to better protect our young people.

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  • Hear the latest news and developments
  • What are the potential long term impacts?
  • Discover the findings of case reviews
  • Learn how to identify potential victims
  • Gain and understanding of risk factors
  • How is the internet used?
  • Discuss how to develop effective local strategies
  • Why is collaboration the way forward?
  • What progress is law enforcement making?
  • Question the experts
  • Express and debate opinions
  • Network with fellow professionals
  • Exchange knowledge and experience
  • Establish new contacts

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Sponsorship Opportunities


catch22-newA forward looking social business, Catch22 has more than 200 years’ experience of providing public services that help people turn their lives around.

We work with troubled and vulnerable people, helping them to steer clear of crime or substance misuse, do the best they can in education or employment, and play a full part in their family or community.

Our goal is to deliver social benefit by turning chaotic lives around.

Website: http://www.catch-22.org.uk/

Our approach to CSE work: http://www.catch-22.org.uk/expertise/families/preventing-child-sexual-exploitation/

Contact us for further information.

Lynn Perry, North West Regional Director, Barnardo’s

Lynn_Perry_portraitLynn Perry is Director of Children’s Services for Barnardo’s, overseeing the charity’s work in the North West and North Midlands areas of the UK. Lynn has a broad portfolio of over 150 services which last year worked with 30,000 children, young people and families. Lynn’s portfolio includes services focussed on the development and delivery of responses to Child Sexual Exploitation and her team are engaged strategically and operationally in multi-disciplinary teams focussed on addressing CSE. Lynn has worked within National children’s charities for the last 15 years with a range of commissioners, partners and stakeholders and has held a number of positions across their children’s services directorates. Lynn’s substantive experience as a practitioner and service manager was in the field of youth offending and she was awarded the MBE for services to youth justice in 2007.

Councillor David Simmonds, Chair of the LGA Children and Young People Board

David_Simmonds_portrait (web)David’s professional background is in finance, where he worked for Lloyds TSB and HSBC after qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Insurers in 1997.

Born in Kent and educated at a comprehensive school in the South Wales valleys then at Durham University, he has been Hillingdon’s Deputy Leader since 2002. He was the youngest councillor in London when elected at 22 and served as a committee chairman and cabinet member covering planning, housing, social services, and education and children’s services.

Chairing the LGA Children’s Board, he has developed a high media profile, appearing regularly on the Today programme and Newsnight. He serves as a magistrate in Brent, and previously as a non-executive director in his local NHS while at European level, he chairs the education employers’ organization for Europe and is a member of the Education Commission of the Committee of the Regions in the EU. Since Summer 2013 he chairs the National Employers Organisation for Schoolteachers (NEOST) and has extensive experience of employment matters having served previously as chairman of the employers’ side of the School Support Staff Negotiating Body and the Joint Negotiating Committee for youth workers.

He works closely with government on matters relating to children and young people including on legislation, and guidance such as Working Together and the role of the lead member and director of children’s services. In politics, as well as being a councillor, he contested two parliamentary elections and served as treasurer of the national Conservative Councillors’ Association and chairman of his local association.

Frances Flaxington, Strategic Director, Catch22

France_Flaxington_catch22Frances leads Catch22’s Young People and Families Directorate and is responsible for delivery and growth. Frances takes an evidence based approach and places a strong emphasis on building high quality relationships with our service users to deliver services that are tailored to their individual needs. She sees ongoing innovation and collaboration with a range of partners as vital to improving services and to supporting young people and their families to transform their lives
Frances has over 15 years’ experience of working in Probation services, with a particular focus on sex offenders and public protection. She was Deputy Chief of HM Inspectorate of Probation, responsible for joint inspections that included resettlement, safeguarding and race equality, before moving on to policy roles. Frances led on work to improve services for victims in the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. Other senior civil service posts in the Ministry of Justice followed, such as leading on policy to reduce reoffending including support for offenders’ families and diverting vulnerable women from custody by working with Probation and the voluntary sector.
Frances is a Trustee for the Criminal Justice Alliance, a coalition of 75 organisations, supporting policy and practice across the criminal justice system. You can find Frances on Twitter @catch22Frances

Kathy Boardman, Missing From Home and CSE Senior Service Coordinator, Catch22

Kathy_Boardman_portraitKathy Boardman qualified as a Youth Worker in 1992. She has had an amazing time working in all aspects of youth work based within Cheshire County Council, detached youth work, development of Youth Work Hubs and One Stop Shop Provision, Duke of Edinburgh Award, ASDAN, Foundation Learning, Full and Part Time Alternative Curriculum Packages for Schools, Rural Youth Work, schools based, project work, Political Awareness Work, Community Development, partnership work with the voluntary Sector. She also developed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender work with local young people and targeted provision for young people with differing abilities. Kathy also managed the Drug Intervention Service for a two year period.
In 2000, Kathy became Teenage Pregnancy Coordinator for Cheshire County Council and developed the County Plan, pulled together the County Strategic Group and developed localised groups within each borough. In 2002 Kathy became Children Services Service Manager in a locality within Cheshire.
In 2008 Kathy was outsourced to Connexions Cheshire and Warrington and took the role of Inclusion and Development Manager leading on the delivery of Positive Activities for young people, and was also the lead for Looked After Children and Young People with Differing Abilities. She was also the Lead for Missing Children and Young People.
For the past three years Kathy has been designing, implementing and managing Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing from Home Services for a number of Local Authorities on behalf of Catch22. She is fully trained in Child Sexual Exploitation, trafficking and other related fields. She has been responsible for the development of the Catch22 Online database that enables Local Authorities to have almost instant Report Cards detailing themes and trends for Missing Incidents and Profiles of young people at Risk or Confirmed Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation. The Report Cards also evidence any work undertaken by Catch22 and any impact on the child.

Tink Palmer, CEO, The Marie Collins Foundation

Tink_Palmer_portraitTink Palmer has been in social work practice since 1973 and gained her professional qualifications in 1975. Since that time she has participated in numerous post-graduate training courses – including counselling, family therapy and forensic investigation. Tink has worked with children and their families for the past forty years. In the past twenty-five years she has specialised in child sexual abuse and is an experienced clinical and forensic practitioner, manager, trainer, policy maker and strategist.

Tink first began working with children abused via the new technology in 1999 and has since developed a professional interest and expertise in this area – particularly regarding the forensic and recovery needs of the children and young people. In 2004, she jointly authored a report entitled Just one click! which outlined the ways in which the new technology can act as a conduit for the abuse of children, the differential impacts on the young victims and new approaches to intervention programmes. Since this publication, Tink has written widely on the issue of harm to children online

Tink has an interest in all issues regarding the sexual abuse of children and, to this end, has written on numerous matters pertaining to child sexual abuse. She is experienced in working with the media and takes every opportunity to highlight the issues facing children abused via the internet. Tink is a member of numerous government steering groups, committees and boards that aim to raise public awareness, to improve service provision and to ensure that best practice ensues on a national and international basis.

Between 2004 and 2008 Tink was the Director of Stop it Now! UK & Ireland which is an awareness raising campaign regarding child sexual abuse. In 2012 she founded the Marie Collins Foundation which is a charity dedicated to the recovery needs of children abused and harmed online.

In 2014 Tink accepted the role of Visiting Professor at University Campus Suffolk.

Lynda Scott, Senior Partner, NHS Communications and Engagement Service, Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU)

Lynda_Scott_portrait v2Lynda has nearly 30 years’ experience in marketing and communications across public and private sectors and has held a number of national board director roles in public sector communications. During her career, she has unusually worked across the spectrum of public sector services such as health, culture, police, emergency services, transport, industry and local government. With frontline experience from emergency services in managing communications for major disasters and inquiries (health, police and coastguard), she lectured at Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College for 10 years on directing multi-agency communications responses to disasters. She was Director of Communications for Criminal Justice Information Technology at a critical time for safeguarding, implementing the recommendations of the Bichard Inquiry following concerns around information sharing in child protection cases. Lynda has been board member and Chair of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board’s Communications and Engagement sub-committee. For the last 3 years Lynda has established the largest NHS communications and engagement service supporting Clinical Commissioning Groups and other NHS and public sector organisations with regional transformations, turnaround and managing communications in a partnership environment. In November 2014 Lynda was elected by the healthcare profession as Chairman of the Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing, the primary independent network for healthcare communications, in November 2014.

Tom Duffin, National Partnerships Director, Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace)

Tom_Duffin_portraitTom Duffin is the National Partnerships Director for Pace. He works with partner statutory and voluntary sector agencies to create capacity and capability to support parents and carers and promote learning among professionals across the country. Tom is also responsible for Pace Parent Liaison Officers based in multi-agency co-located CSE teams and Pace’s externally accredited training. A former police Chief Superintendent, in 1997 he was involved in the initial ACPO/ ADSS national pilot projects to develop improved responses to child sexual exploitation. He has worked to support developments in multi-agency practice across the UK and in South America and Russia. He has experience of tackling gun and gang related serious and organised crime. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Public Sector Management and has been working with Pace for five years.

Case Studies

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Community Safety Teams
Crown Prosecution Service Officers
Directors of Residential Children’s Homes
Directors/Heads Children and Young People’s
Directors/Heads of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH)
Directors/Heads Social Services
Early Intervention Teams
Family Support Teams
Heads of Child Protection Teams
Heads of Education Welfare, Behaviour and Attendance Teams
Heads of Homelessness Teams
Heads of Looked After Children Teams
Heads of Public Protection Divisions
Heads of Pupil Referral Unit Teams
Heads/Directors of Children and Young People’s Health Teams
Members of Health and Wellbeing Boards
Members of Local Safeguarding Children Boards
Missing Persons Coordinators
Public Protection Officers
Senior Police Officers
Social Workers
Troubled Families Coordinators
Youth Workers

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