Open Forum Events invite you to join us at the Safeguarding Children conference. 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.
The Truth Project is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that failed to safeguard children from sexual abuse. The Truth Project will soon draw to a close, having taken testimony from victims and survivors of CSA to understand the nature and scale of historic abuse in order to improve current and future safeguarding practices.
The Inquiry will publish a final report in 2022 with findings and recommendations for government and safeguarding organisations to help improve child protection.
Ellie Fairgreave is Head of Delivery for The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme, which is a Department for Education funded consortium programme led by Research in Practice with The Children’s Society and the University of Bedfordshire. Since 2019, the programme has been supporting local areas across England to improve strategic responses to child exploitation and extra-familial harm. The programme takes an evidence-informed approach, drawing on research, practice wisdom and expertise by experience to offer high support and high challenge to support local partnership tackle child exploitation and extra-familial harm.
This presentation will focus on the importance of working in partnership models to tackle child exploitation, covering:
Kenny Gibson is the Head of Safeguarding for NHS England and NHS Improvement, overseeing several portfolios including Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation and Looked After Children. Kenny has held various operational, management and strategic posts in both community and public health but always with nursing at the heart of these roles.
Kenny represents all clinicians and carers who resolutely and professionally deal with such matters as:
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
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Safeguarding in Faith Settings attempts to raise awareness, improve policy and establish best practice in relation to safeguarding in faith settings - relevant to any community of faith, belief or religion.
In September 2021 the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse published its 16th investigative report: Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings - examining evidence from 38 religious organisations with a presence in England and Wales, finding 'blatant hypocrisy', 'shocking failings' and child sexual abuse in most major UK religions.
Religion plays a central - sometimes dominant role in the lives of many children across the UK and it's vital they are safeguarded from abuse. This presentation will examine how faith settings can improve their safeguarding practices to prevent children being put at risk.
Miriam will be sharing a case study which is an example of good multi-agency working between colleagues in education, children’s social care, police, health and LADOs in three local authorities. This is a case study regarding a self-employed nanny who sexually abused eleven children in six different families across two local authorities. It will outline the timeline of events and actions taken by each agency to safeguard the children. We will then move into reflections around the childhood experiences of the offender and their presentation at the time of offending. The session will conclude with a discussion around practice dilemmas and sharing learning.
The Commission on Young Lives is a major year-long independent commission launched in September 2021 and chaired by Anne Longfield - the former Children’s Commissioner for England. Its aim is to devise, present and seek backing for a new and affordable national system of support, focussed on preventing crisis and improving the life chances of vulnerable young people at risk of getting into trouble with the law.
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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
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
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