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Safeguarding Children 2023-London

  • Thursday, 16 March 2023
  • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

The term "Safeguarding Children" is defined 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".

In recognising the paramount importance of safeguarding children and young people, Open Forum Events have hosted two sell out events in Manchester during 2022. It is with excitement we announce that the Safeguarding Children 2023 conference is moving to London  

Every day, throughout the UK, the safeguarding system protects many children who are at risk of experiencing harm, abuse or exploitation. However, the recently published report from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has concluded that the tragic deaths of Arthur Labinjo Hughes and Star Hobson are “not isolated incidents” and the way child protection is approached needs to “change fundamentally”.

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 safeguarding and is designed to bring together all stakeholders for a day of information sharing, discussion and networking to ensure children are kept safe from abuse and neglect.

To guarantee your place at this well attended CPD accredited event, book today.

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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Ollie Frith, International Director of Marketing, CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) International (confirmed)

Keynote Address

  • Tim Loughton MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children , House of Commons (confirmed)
"Effective Joined-Up Response in Safeguarding."

The national child safeguarding practice review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, 6, and Star Hobson, 16-months, has recommended that experts in police, health and social work should form dedicated multi-agency teams to investigate allegations of serious harm to children.

  • Kenny Gibson, National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England (confirmed)
"Making every Contact Count-Supporting Safeguarding Practice in the NHS"

NHS England is dedicated in ensuring that the principles and duties of safeguarding children and young people at risk are holistically, consistently and conscientiously applied every time person accesses NHS services, making every contact count.

  • Gabrielle Shaw, Chief Executive, National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) (confirmed)
" Trauma-informed Practice"

Trauma-informed practice is a strengths-based approach, which seeks to understand and respond to the impact of trauma on people’s lives. This presentation will highlight key aspects of NAPAC’s experience working with thousands of adult survivors of childhood abuse over the years, and how individuals can be supported and empowered.


Question & Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Rachel Atwell, Assistant Head & Designated Safeguarding Lead, Wilson’s School (confirmed)
"Bringing the Statutory Guidance to Life – Successful Implementation of Working Together to Safeguard Children"

Successful cross-agency work to support children and young people is something we all aspire to, and yet can be very challenging to achieve in practice. How can any single professional understand the working practices, priorities and approach of each of the other agencies involved in supporting a young person?

"Safeguarding Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Missed by a One Size Fits All Approach"

Children and young people with SEND are at increased risk of abuse and neglect, and sometimes indicators of abuse are harder to identify. The higher risks of harm among children with SEND are complex and often not well understood, and responses often do not meet specific needs.
Drawing upon a systematic review of UK evidence, this presentation will explore three key questions:
1. Why are children with SEND at greater risk of harm?
2. What responses and interventions may better support children with SEND?
3. What are the outcomes for children with SEND who have experienced abuse and associated trauma?

Key learning for improved policy and practice will be shared.


  • Dr Danya Glaser, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Visiting Professor, UCL (confirmed)
"Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII)"

Fabricated or induced illness (FII) is a rare form of child abuse. It happens when a parent or carer exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in the child.


Question & Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area

A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.


Case Study

  • Matthew Burgess, Managing Director, Phew (confirmed)
  • Sam Smith, Partnership Manager , Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) (confirmed)
"Improving Outcomes for those at Risk Through a Data-led Approach to Training in a Partnership Environment"

How Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership have been able to improve outcomes for those at risk through a data-led approach for statutory and non-statutory evaluation of training; whilst managing processes better, unlocking data, and preparing for future challenges.


Case Study

  • Kyle Riding, Head of Programmes , Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (confirmed)
"Safeguarding Our Digital Generation"

The case study will share findings in relation to gaming and gambling harms in CYP, identifying the potential impact prevention through education can make. It will dive into research collated from children and young people looking at both qualitative and quantitative data.


Sharing Best Practice

  • Clare Edwards, Senior Nurse Safeguarding, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
  • Dr Joanna Garstang, Consultant Paediatrician and Designated Doctor, Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust (confirmed)
"Who’s in Charge? Using social media campaigns to keep babies safe"

The ‘Who’s in Charge’ campaign was awarded the HSJ Patient Safety Safeguarding Award in 2021. This presentation shares how campaigns based on themes from child death reviews use social media and visual tools for targeted preventative public safeguarding messages whilst supporting effective practitioner conversations around parental behaviour and alcohol in the home.


Question & Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Elaine Tabony, SCPHN Programme Lead for Health Visiting, School Nursing and Occupational Health Nursing, Brunel University (confirmed)
"Seasons for Growth"

Seasons for Growth is an early intervention grief education programme aimed at helping children, young people and adults through grief, brought about through loss or significant change in their lives.


Closing Address

  • Dr Tracee Green, Head of the Centre for Child Protection, University of Kent (confirmed)
"Parenting Assessments: Adult-oriented issues and the parent-child relationship"

When assessing parenting capacity in the context of adult-oriented issues - such as substance misuse, domestic abuse, and poor mental health – the voice of the child can become lost. This session will explore the importance of keeping the voice of the child centre stage and how an assessment of the parent-child relationship can support these efforts.


Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks and Event Close

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    • Posted on 20 December 2019
    • by Ann Coffey
  • Going Places: supporting people with learning disabilities and autism into work and in the workforce

    • Posted on 25 February 2019
    • by Diane Lightfoot




The Royal National Hotel, London

The Royal National Hotel, London

Offering breathtaking views across Russell Square the hotel is within easy walking distance to the British Museum. Well located with Russell Square underground station a 2 minute walk away.

Featured Events

  • Looked After Children 2022

    • 07 July 2022
    • 08:30 - 15:30
    • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Looked After Children: Improving Life Chances

    • 05 December 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • Looked After Children: Safeguarding Welfare-Fulfilling Aspirations

    • 03 December 2019
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • The Studio, Manchester
  • Looked After Children-Promoting Equality of Opportunity

    • 08 December 2022
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • Safeguarding Children

    • 22 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 16:00
    • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • Safeguarding Children 2022

    • 15 June 2022
    • 09:30 - 15:30
    • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • Safeguarding Children: Promoting Welfare-Preventing Harm

    • 23 May 2019
    • 08:30 - 15:45
    • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • Safeguarding Children: Finding Solutions for Better Protection

    • 24 May 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • The Bridgewater Hall, 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
  • Confronting Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

    • 17 May 2016
    • 08:30 - 15:30
    • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

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  • Final Presentations. Safeguarding Children
    Final Presentations. Safeguarding Children

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