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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A survivor's story
To tackle child sexual abuse, there needs to be greater understanding of how it manifests itself with improved awareness of the causes, scale, and impact on victims. Despite greater recognition of child sexual abuse, with increasing numbers of cases identified, there continues to be invisibility in identifying and responding to risk.
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.
Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
Troubled Families Coordinators