Safeguarding Children 2021

  • Wednesday, 06 October 2021
  • The Studio, Manchester
  • 09:00 - 16:00
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  • Overview

Open Forum Events invite you to join us at the Safeguarding Children conference taking place on the 7th October 2021 in Manchester. This conference will highlight new developments and address some of the challenges to ensure our children are kept safe from harm and their welfare protected.

The agenda will feature expert speakers in child welfare and protection and is designed to bring together all stakeholders for a day of information sharing, discussion and networking to ensure children receive the best possible outcomes and maximise achievements.

The UK Government has defined the term ‘safeguarding children’ as: ‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

Each organisation or agency, involved with, or working with children, have a statutory duty to have safeguarding policies and procedures in place. However, ensuring the welfare, rights and safety of children and young people is everybody’s responsibility.

  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

Joanna Hunt, The Children’s Society (Invited)


Keynote Address

Sarah Caton, Chief Officer, ADCS (Invited)

"Promoting the Welfare of Children and Protecting them from Harm"

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: Protecting children from maltreatment; ... Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.


Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector, OFSTED (Invited)

"Ofsted Latest - The State of Education and Children’s Care in England"

Ofsted is responsible for inspecting a range of educational institutions, including state schools and some independent schools. It also inspects childcare, adoption and fostering agencies and initial teacher training, and regulates a range of early years and children’s social care services


Carolyn Bunting, CEO, Internet Matters (Invited)

"Combating Internet (CYBER) Bullying - Children’s Online Safety"

This topic covers bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.


Coffee in the Networking Area


Emma Thomas, Chief Executive, Youngminds (Invited)

"Mental Health and Wellbeing Support to Children and Young People"

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults


Speaker TBC, Shelter (Invited)

"Child poverty and homelessness"

Poverty has negative impacts on children's health, social, emotional and cognitive development, behaviour and educational outcomes. ... Poverty puts an additional strain on families, which can lead to parental mental health and relationship problems, financial problems and substance misuse.


Question & Answer Session

Carolyn Bunting CEO, Internet Matters (Invited)

Emma Thomas, Chief Executive, Youngminds (Invited)

Speaker TBC, Shelter (Invited)


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair's Afternoon Address


Liam Vernon, Senior Manager, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit (Invited)

"Modern slavery and human trafficking"

Modern slavery is when someone has gained control over, or ownership of, another person and is using this power to exploit them. It involved the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of men, women or children using force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means in order to exploit them


Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England (Invited)

"Children in Out of Borough Placements"

Children in children’s homes placed out of borough; the risks of going missing, and the criminal and sexual exploitation of looked after children.


Afternoon Refreshment Break


Dr Sangeet Bhullar, Executive Director, WISE KIDS (Invited)

"Digital Dangers"

The online world can be a dangerous place for children. Excessive use of technology could result in social alienation and isolation as they spend less time interacting with one another - particularly post-lockdowns.

Dr Sangeet Bhullar is the founder of WISE KIDS, a non-profit company which empower young people, families, communities and professionals to develop their digital literacy and expertise, sense of agency and wellbeing so that they can thrive in a connected world. She believes that online access, digital citizenship education a (which promotes agency and empowered online participation) and wellbeing are vital if society is truly to harness the benefits of a connected and kinder world. Sangeet has developed and delivering training programmes, led research projects, written guidance, advised schools, youth organisations and other stakeholders in the UK, Singapore and Malaysia. She is a member the Welsh Government Digital Inclusion Management Board and a Board member of Wikimedia UK. She can be found on Twitter as @sangeet


Clare Howard, Chief Executive, Natspec (Invited)

"Safeguarding children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)"

The aim of the SEND strategy is to improve the educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for all of Kent's children and young people with special educational needs and those who are disabled.


Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks


Conference Close

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Luke Boulter
  • Learn more about new policies and frameworks in place to safeguard children.
  • Practical insights into setting out strategic arrangements to ensure services are better coordinated across a spectrum encompassing child protection, safeguarding and wellbeing.
  • Learn how services can make improvements and provide high-quality delivery.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to tackle complex issues of safeguarding such as online safety, trafficking, domestic abuse and radicalisation.
  • Learn how to implement improvements to child protection procedures and how best to respond to concerns about a child.
  • An agenda designed to inform practitioners how to create a safer, more consistent approach to protecting and safeguarding children and young people.
  • Explore how multi-agency arrangements can be improved to identify children at risk earlier on.
  • Practical advice on defining an area and its boundaries so services across police, schools, healthcare and local government can be better coordinated.
  • Advice on how to create an environment where better suited practitioners can get on with practise and protecting children.
  • Understand how to drive up service quality and implement effective prevention, protection and safeguarding strategies.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the very latest policies, projects and emerging models of care.
  • Take advantage of excellent networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities from across the public and charity sectors.
  • Share your own stories and experiences with the conference and contribute to wider thinking about safeguarding children.
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  • Featured Events
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  • Who will attend

Contact Details


  • Safeguarding Children: Finding Solutions for Better Protection - Event Report

    • Posted on 25 May 2018


The Studio, Manchester

The Studio, Manchester

Situated in the heart of Manchester's iconic Northern Quarter and just a couple of minutes walk away from the city's major transport links; The Studio is a spacious, contemporary meeting centre atop The Hive building on Lever St.     

Whatever the legendary Manchester weather has to throw at you, you’ll always find the warmest of welcomes at The Studio.

Featured Events

  • Safeguarding Adults: Preventing Harm, Exploitation and Neglect

    • 26 November 2015
    • 08:30 - 13:30
    • The Place Aparthotel, Manchester
  • Safeguarding Children: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

    • 22 April 2015
    • 08:30 - 13:30
    • The Place Aparthotel, Manchester
  • Safeguarding Children: Effective Collaboration for Child Protection and Wellbeing

    • 11 May 2017
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Safeguarding Children: Finding Solutions for Better Protection

    • 24 May 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Safeguarding Children: Promoting Welfare-Preventing Harm

    • 23 May 2019
    • 08:30 - 15:45
    • Manchester Conference Centre

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who will attend

14-19 Partnership Teams
Academics and Researchers
Director/Heads Adoption and Fostering Agencies
Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinators
Asylum and Immigration Officers
Care Leavers Champions
Central Government Departments and Agencies
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practitioners
Child and Educational Psychologists
Child Protection and Safeguarding Teams
Child Protection Officers
Children’s Health Service Professionals
Children’s Services Officers
Heads of Children’s Trusts and Children’s Centres
Commissioning Managers
Community and Voluntary Organisations
Community Development Managers
Director/Heads Connexions and Jobcentre Plus
Director/Heads Corporate Parenting Boards
Designated Nurses and Health Advisors for Children in Care
Director/Heads Local Education Authorities
Director/Heads Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards
Director/Heads Local, Regional and National Health Services
Director/Heads Looked After/Children in Care Teams
Director/Heads NEET Strategy Teams
Director/Heads Permanency Teams
Director/Heads Regional Adoption Agencies
Director/Heads Welfare Rights Organisations
Directors/Heads of Children and Young People’s Services
Domestic Violence Co-ordinators

Director/Heads Drug and Alcohol Action Teams
Early Years and Childcare Practitioners
Education and Welfare Officers
Education Providers
Director/Heads Employment and Training Services
Families Services Officers
Family Intervention Project Workers
Family Pathfinder Workers
Family Placement Teams
Family Support and Outreach Team Leads
Heads of Children’s Strategy
Members of Health and Wellbeing Boards
Director/Heads Homelessness Teams
Director/Heads Housing Service Providers
Local Authority Officers and Councillors
Looked-After Children Team Managers
Members of Police and Fire Service
Mental Health Practitioners
Post Adoption Support Services Leads
Residential Children’s Home Managers
School Nurses and Health Visitors
Schools, Colleges and Further Education Providers
Social Workers and Social Services Officers
Director/Heads Supported Housing Teams
Teachers and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators
Teenage Pregnancy Co-ordinators
Third Sector Representatives
Youth Inclusion Teams
Youth Workers and Youth Offending Teams