Safeguarding Children

  • Tuesday, 22 March 2022
  • The Studio, Manchester
  • 09:00 - 16:00
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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address


Keynote Address

"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.

"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.

  • 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.

Questions & Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area

"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.

"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

"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


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair's Afternoon Address


Afternoon Keynote

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

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

Kenny will be delivering his presentation virtually.

"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

"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


Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks


Conference Close

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    • 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