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Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

  • Thursday, 16 May 2024
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 15:45
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  • Overview

Since Open Forum Events ran its inaugural conference focusing on Child Sexual Exploitation in 2015, there has a been increased awareness throughout society of the abuse and exploitation of children by perpetrators, however, in many instances it is still hidden from view and goes unnoticed. The Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and  Exploitation conference will bring together key stakeholders with safeguarding and child protection responsibilities, to examine the current situation, discuss recent initiatives and share best practice in protecting children from harm.

The majority of child sexual abuse takes place within a family setting by a person known to the child, whereas sexual exploitation typically occurs outside of the family and the abuser grooms the child to engage in sexual activity in return for something.

According to police-recorded crime data there has been a 10% increase in the number of child sexual exploitation crimes within the last year. In England and Wales during 2021/22 there were 17,486 crimes logged by police where children had been sexually exploited – an average of 48 offences a day.

Figures also reveal that there has been an increase in the number of recorded cases of Child Sexual Abuse to record levels. During 2021-22 the number of social care assessments identifying Child Sexual Abuse as a concern was nearly 34,000 indicating a 15% increase. Whilst the increase may reflect improved child protection and safeguarding awareness, there are many more unaccounted victims of sexual abuse who are unable to get help and are left unprotected.

The impacts of abuse and exploitation are far reaching and everyone who comes into contact with children has a duty to protect them from such harm and the Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation conference will provide a platform to explore how this can be achieved.

Delegates will benefit from an agenda of informative plenary presentations, interactive panel sessions and informal networking with peers and fellow professionals.

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  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Dr Ciarán Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Social Work , Department of Social Work and Wellbeing, Edge Hill University and Trustee, Association of Child Protection Professionals (AOCPP) (confirmed)

Keynote Address

  • Maggie Oliver, Founder and Chair, The Maggie Oliver Foundation (confirmed)
"Living with the Legacy of Abuse"

Stories of victims and survivors.

  • Ian Dean, Director, Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) (confirmed)
"Understanding the Scale and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse and What That Means for Practice"

This engaging presentation will highlight the current picture of child sexual abuse in England and Wales, using the latest official data. Exploring current trends across child protection, policing and health agencies, the CSA Centre will look at what this evidence might mean for professionals, and the children they are working with. Taking this data on board, they will then share some helpful free resources to help address gaps in understanding and build confidence to best respond to all children when there are concerns.

  • Evan Jones, Head of CE Development, St Giles Trust (confirmed)
  • Steve Baguley, Education and Transition Lead, NWG Network (confirmed)
"The Crossovers of Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Criminal Exploitation"

This presentation will look at the crossovers between different various forms of exploitation, look to break down some of the concerns staff when it's difficult to address cases where there is a range of exploitative activities taking place, draw out some emerging issues and good practice from the audience, then feed back with some very practical practice development proposals that could improve the sector response to multi-exploitation.


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

  • Donna Ohdedar, CEO & Founder, Review Consulting Ltd (confirmed)
"A Call for Boundary Spanning Practice"

We are not always working in a co-located specialist team when we are concerned about exploitation. We may not have received adequate preparation via our professional training or experience for multi agency working in a highly complex system. Geography & systems which don’t speak to each other & a lack of boundary spanning leadership will add to the challenge for the practitioner on the ground. What are the clear & practical lessons from reviews when it comes to understanding lived experience & responding effectively?


  • Jon Needham, National Director of Safeguarding & Mental Health, Oasis Community Learning (confirmed)
"IRL – A New Approach to Sexting"

This session will seek to define sexting with the intention of understanding a typology model that addresses the ‘Why’ not ‘What’ of messages. The presentation will explore the theory of motivational determinants and will examine sexting incidence by age & sexual orientation, heritage, ethnicity, and faith. Finally, the role of the in-school support by the safeguarding team will be considered.

  • Tio Duffield, Authorised Lay Minister, Lancaster Priory (confirmed)
"The Big Bad Internet Man? – Myths & Misunderstandings in Public Discourse about Online Grooming"

This presentation will highlight recurrent themes – helpful and unhelpful – in public discourse about online child grooming, with a particular focus on discourse from charities and organisations whose goal is to help victims of what is sometimes termed ‘technology-facilitated abuse'. It will conclude with some suggestions about improving our collective understanding and language when it comes to online child sexual exploitation.


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 Farmer, Actor & Facilitator Manager, Loudmouth Education and Training (confirmed)
"Using Drama to Safely Explore Child Exploitation"

The presentation will illustrate how theatre in education can work with children and young people to support safeguarding around Child Exploitation. Matthew Farmer, Loudmouth’s Acor / Facilitator manager will share some insights into the approach and highlight the impact of Loudmouth’s Child Exploitation education programmes in both primary and secondary settings. The presentation will include a short drama performance from one of Loudmouth’s long running theatre and training programmes. The participants will meet the character of Jay who will talk about his experiences of being groomed into Criminal Exploitation.

  • Steve Baguley, Education and Transition Lead, NWG Network (confirmed)
"Exploitation and Transitioning into Adulthood"

Sharing Best Practice

  • Terri Banks, Head of Safeguarding Children & Adults – Health Services, Manx Care (confirmed)
  • Samantha Holmes, Safeguarding Practitioner, Manx Care (confirmed)
"Exploitation and the Role of Health Services"

A snapshot of how health contributes to the safeguarding of children through the lens of contextual safeguarding.


Closing Keynote Address

"The Bigger Picture: The Impact of Image-Based Child Sexual Abuse"

To support victims and survivors, we must understand the additional impacts of image-based Child Sexual Abuse. This presentation will use lived experience to highlight a range of impacts and how we as professionals can respond in a way that does no further harm.


Question and Answer Session


Chairs Closing Remarks and Event Close

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Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre is the ideal solution when searching for conference venues in Manchester. Top-of-the-range conference suites, 3 star value hotel accommodation, delicious dining and friendly service are the ideal components for a successful conference or event in the heart of the city centre.

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  • Safeguarding Children 2023-London

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who will attend

  • Child Protection Committee Members


    Community Safety Teams


    Crown Prosecution Service Officers


    Directors of Residential Children’s Homes


    Directors/Heads Children and Young People’s


    Directors/Heads of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH)


    Directors/Heads Social Services


    Early Intervention Teams


    Family Support Teams


    Heads of Child Protection Teams


    Heads of Education Welfare, Behaviour and Attendance Teams


    Heads of Homelessness Teams


    Heads of Looked After Children Teams

  • Heads of Public Protection Divisions


    Heads of Pupil Referral Unit Teams


    Heads/Directors of Children and Young People’s Health Teams




    Members of Health and Wellbeing Boards


    Members of Local Safeguarding Children Boards


    Missing Persons Coordinators


    Public Protection Officers


    Senior Police Officers


    Social Workers


    Troubled Families Coordinators


    Youth Workers