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Safeguarding Children: Delivering a More Effective and Robust System

  • Thursday, 28 September 2023
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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Open Forum Events has established a reputation for excellence in delivering national conferences dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people. Our series of events focusing on safeguarding continues to attract increasing numbers of delegates from across society, endorsing the paramount importance of keeping children safe from abuse, exploitation and neglect.

Following record registrations at our inaugural safeguarding London meeting, we invite you to join us in Manchester for the 6th Safeguarding Children: Delivering a More Effective and Robust System on September 28th, 2023.

In February 2023 the Government released its new strategy for children’s social care with the view to improve the lives of children by focusing on love within a safe, stable and reliable setting.  The paper, Stable Homes, Built on Love highlights the need for improved front line protection, in part enacted through better multiagency partnership working and information sharing.

All individuals and organisations that work with or have contact with children have a responsibility to identify risks and through robust safeguarding procedures protect them from harm. This conference will explore some of limitations within the current system and discuss how fallibilities can be reduced and how improved and more resilient processes can be established.

Don’t miss out on securing your place at the Safeguarding Children: Delivering a More Effective and Robust System conference which will bring together all stakeholders charged with safeguarding children and young people from harm and promoting their health and welfare.

As new risks and threats constantly emerge, delegates will be updated on the latest developments and initiatives to strengthen safeguarding through a series of insightful and informative presentations delivered by expert speakers. Throughout the day there will be the ample opportunity for sharing best practice, interactive discussion, and informal networking to complete the full conference experience.

Numbers are limited so secure your place today.


This conference is designed to induce change with knowledge, innovation, and inspiration.
Any transformation of a process or service requires the input of products and services devised to make improvements such as digital technologies; training provision; workforce planning; outsourced services; data and analytics etc.
If your organisation supports change through your products and services, our delegates and conference participants will be ready to engage with you.

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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Claire Dan, Director of Safeguarding, BSA Group & Director SACPA, BSA Group & Safeguarding & Child Protection Association (SACPA) (confirmed)

Keynote Address Speaker

  • Cathrine Clarke, Coram Group Head Quality, Safeguarding and Programmes, Coram (confirmed)
"Providing Consistent Safe and Effective Care"

The newly published paper: Stable Homes, Built on Love sets out the ambition for decisive, multi-agency child protection, which identifies safeguarding and significant harm risks quickly and accurately and rapid and effective action is taken.


Keynote Address

  • Kenny Gibson, National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England (confirmed)
"Implementation of Effective Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements"

The Care Review and numerous reviews from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel have identified the need for much improved multi-agency working with more robust critical thinking within and between agencies with the capacity to share data, information and local practitioner intelligence.

  • Tom Lee, Senior Policy Analyst, Child Poverty Action Group (confirmed)
"What is happening to child poverty?"

The presentation will cover:
- Definitions of child poverty
- the scale and nature of child poverty in the UK and projected trends,
- findings from CPAG’s research on the impact of poverty on children and families
- CPAG’s views on how social workers can support families experiencing poverty.


Question & Answer Session

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


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study

"How Lived Experience Can Positively Impact Culture and Improve Safeguarding"

Michelle and Kat share their reflective practise on their lived experience in different settings. They will illustrate some important key aspects in shaping culture change and enhancing safeguarding.

"The Consequences of Domestic Abuse"

In the UK over 1 million children and young people witness or are directly subject to domestic abuse every year. Domestic violence has a devastating impact on children and young people that can last into adulthood. There was a 33% rise in domestic violence reports during the COVID-19 lockdowns and overall safeguarding concerns increased by 20%. The presentation will focus on domestic abuse through the eyes of a child.

  • Amy Davies, Head of Independent Living, Great Places (confirmed)
  • Phil Davies, Safeguarding Partner, Great Places (confirmed)
"A Foot In The Door, A Seat Around The Table"

At Great Places Housing Group we are passionate about supporting people at every stage of their housing journey.
We provide support to individuals and families across the North West to live full and healthy lives from the foundation of a safe home. 'A foot in the door, a seat around the table' is a brief overview of what housing providers are able to support within the safeguarding arena and how understanding the housing context and strong partnership working with housing providers will strengthen your approach to Safeguarding Children.



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.


Chairs Afternoon Address


Case Study

"Young People & Gambling"

Would you know how to support and young person if they showcased signs of gambling harm? This session aims to upskill professionals, who work with young people. on some of the emerging threats and risks that young people face in today’s digital era. Additionally, details will be provided on where further training can be accessed by Ygam. This session includes a trigger warning with lived experience accounts of adverse mental health, gambling products and suicide.

  • Cllr Rachel Massey, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services and Education, Rochdale Borough Council (confirmed)
"Safeguarding Risks in the “Out-of-School Settings” (OOSS)"

A government report has identified multiple safeguarding risks at “out-of-school settings” (OOSS), which include sports clubs, tuition centres and uniformed youth groups attended by millions of children across England every week, prompting calls for better oversight of the sector.


Question & Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Donna Ohdedar, CEO & Founder, Review Consulting Ltd (confirmed)
"How the System Learns"

We a learn & improve as a result of feedback, & the system we operate in is no exception. But where should that feedback come from if we are to create the conditions for the frontline to do what they do best? Reviews are one source of feedback, but are they giving us what we need? Especially with their strong focus on what went wrong. Do we really need more recommendations & action plans?


Closing Keynote Address

  • Deborah Bakare, Senior Social Worker, AFRUCA Safeguarding Children (confirmed)
"Safeguarding Children in Ethnic Communities"

The presentation is aimed at supporting practitioners gain knowledge of a range of cultural practices that can affect the safeguarding of children and their families. Practitioners will gain a better understanding of how to work with culture leading to increased skills level and confidence intervening in families. Furthermore, we will identify strategies to better engage with ethnic families and communities in order to safeguard/ protect vulnerable children who come in contact with services.


Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks and Event Close

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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