Safeguarding Children

  • Tuesday, 22 March 2022
  • 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. 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


Keynote Address

  • Justine Skeats, Lead Safeguarding Officer, Support and Safeguarding Team, Independent Inquiry to Child Sexual Abuse (confirmed)
  • Russell Knight, Head of Engagement, Independent Inquiry to Child Sexual Abuse (confirmed)
"Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: The Truth Project"

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, Head of Delivery with the Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme, The Children's Society (confirmed)
"Strategic Responses to Tackling Child Exploitation and Extra-familial Harm: Shifting the Dial Towards Systems Change"

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: 

  • Taking a strengths based, relational approach to partnership working at strategic level.
  • Intentionally subverting the coercion and control experienced by young people in exploitation by using the TCE principles: building bridges - leading with care - working with complexity, curiosity and uncertainty.
  • Bringing partners together, creating space to pause and critically reflect on practice.
  • Hearing the voices of young people and minoritised groups in strategic decision making.
  • Kenny Gibson, National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England and NHS Improvement (confirmed)
"NHS Safeguarding"

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:

  • Child protection
  • Child abuse
  • Child sexual exploitation (CSE)
  • Domestic violence & deaths
  • Adult safeguarding
  • Mental capacity
  • Deprivation of liberties

Questions & Answer Session

Justine Skeats, Lead Safeguarding Officer, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) (awaiting diary confirmation)

Russel Knight, Head of Engagement, IICSA (awaiting diary confirmation)

Ellie Fairgreave, Head of Delivery with the Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme, The Children's Society (confirmed)

Kenny Gibson, National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England and NHS Improvement (confirmed)


Coffee in the Networking Area

"Promoting digital literacy, digital resilience and wellbeing for children and young people"

This presentation will explore the factors that drive children and young people’s behaviour, and how we can promote digital literacy, digital resilience and wellbeing so they can thrive online and offline.


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

  • Justin Humphreys, Chief Executive Officer (Safeguarding), thirtyone:eight (confirmed)
"Safeguarding in Faith Communities"

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Safeguarding in Faith Communities attempts to raise public awareness, improve policy and establish best practice in relation to safeguarding in faith settings - relevant to any community of faith, belief or religion. Faith communities play a significant part in the life of many children and their families across the UK. This presents both a great opportunity to engage with children in the context of their families like no other organisation, group or network as well as placing a significant responsibility upon them to do this well in their efforts to safeguard those children. This keynote explores: what are the key challenges for faith communities in this level of involvement in children's lives? What contribution can we expect to see faith communities making to the overall multi-agency safeguarding effort? What lessons can we learn from where faith communities have failed to protect children?

Justin Humphreys has over 30 years experience working with children and families. He is CEO at the safeguarding charity thirtyone:eight, Chair of the Christian Forum for Safeguarding and Principal Advisor to the APPG on Safeguarding in Faith Communities (for whom thirtyone:eight act as the secretariat).


Case Study

This slot is reserved for organisations looking to engage delegates with services and opportunities that compliment conference presentation and discussion panel topics. If you're interested in delivering a Case Study, contact us on 0161 376 9007.


Question & Answer Session

Dr Sangeet Bhullar, Founder and Executive Director, WISE Kids (confirmed)

Justin Humphreys, Chief Executive, Thirtyone;eight (awaiting diary confirmation)

Speaker TBC


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair's Afternoon Address


Afternoon Keynote

  • Miriam Williams, Local Authority Designated Officer, West Sussex County Council (confirmed)
"Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel"

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.


Anne Longfield, Chair, Commission on Young Lives and Former Children's Commissioner for England (invited)

"Commission on Young Lives"

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.


Speaker TBA

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Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks


Conference Close

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  • Gain 8 CPD Points.
  • Learn more about the new statutory framework for multi-agency safeguarding procedures.
  • Practical insights into setting out strategic multi-agency arrangements to ensure services are better coordinated across a spectrum encompassing child protection, safeguarding and wellbeing.
  • Learn how services can make the key recommendations of the Wood review a reality.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to tackle more complex issues of safeguarding such as trafficking children, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and radicialisation and extortion.
  • 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 be more intelligence-led and identify earlier children at risk.
  • Learn how multi-agency arrangements can be reformed to ensure the collective NHS contribution can be more effective.
  • Practical advise on defining an area and its boundaries so services across police, health and local government can be better coordinated.
  • Advise on how to create an environment where better suited practitioners can get on with practise and protecting children.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the very latest policies, projects and emerging models of care.
  • Share you own stories and experiences with the conference and contribute to wider thinking about safeguarding and child protection.
  • Take advantage of excellent networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities from across the public and charity sectors.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.
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  • 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