Safeguarding Children: Promoting Welfare-Protecting from Harm

  • Thursday, 28 March 2024
  • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • 08:30 - 16:30
Expert Speakers
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

Open Forum Events' Safeguarding Children conference will bring together stakeholders with safeguarding responsibilities to share their expertise, best practices, resources, challenges, and successful experiences of making child safeguarding measures more effective and accountable.

Across society individuals and organisations have the responsibility to protect children from abuse and harm and while there are many examples of best practice there are on occasion critical gaps in child safeguarding procedures which puts vulnerable children at risk.

Building on resilience and effective multi-agency practice, including a strategy for information and data sharing, are crucial in reducing risk factors.

The Safeguarding Children: Promoting Welfare-Protecting from Harm conference will feature an agenda of plenary presentations designed to inform and induce best practice, discussion forums to exchange ideas and networking opportunities to expand associations.

This well-regarded conference attracts delegates from all sectors who have child safeguarding responsibilities and aims to create a safer, more consistent approach to protecting and safeguarding children and young people.

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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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  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Ashleigh Searle, Commissioning Officer - Children’s Services and Lived Experience Consultant , London Based (confirmed)

Keynote Address

Speaker TBC, NHS England Safeguarding Spokesperson (invited)

"Keeping Children Safe- Robust Practice in a Resilient System"

Keeping children safe is a responsibility across all of society. Although the Uk is one of the safest places in the world to grow up, the right systems need to be in place to not only protect children, but to help them and their families to thrive.


Speaker TBC, Crisis Prevention Institute (confirmed)

  • Lucy Croxton, Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager, Together Trust (confirmed)
"What Does Care Really Mean to Children?"

The case for every child in care to be cared for.


Headline Sponsor


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

  • Laura Durán, Senior Policy, Research and Practice Officer, Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT UK) (confirmed)
"The Plight of Missing Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children"

400 unaccompanied children have gone missing from hotels run by the Home Office. Some are believed to have been trafficked; others, who disappeared from the south coast, have been found as far away as Scotland.

  • Sarah Goff, Research Associate, Manchester Metropolitan University (confirmed)
"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.


Case Study


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


Speaker TBC, The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (confirmed)

"The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)"

The DBS provides an important service helping to safeguard and protect people in our society while ensuring proportionality and protecting the rights of individuals.


Question & Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break


Sharing Best Practice

  • Laura Leadbeater, Volunteer and Training Manager , Nacoa (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) (confirmed)
"Understanding and Supporting Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents: Nacoa's Training for Professionals on the Impact of Hidden Harm"

In this insightful presentation, we delve into the vital work of Nacoa, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. Unravelling the complexities of alcohol as a family illness, we explore the intricate roles within families dealing with alcohol dependency and the pervasive concept of hidden harm, shedding light on the profound impact on children. Through real-life experiences shared by callers and speakers, we gain a nuanced understanding of how children are affected by parental alcoholism and delve into effective responses to their struggles. The presentation extends beyond awareness, providing valuable information for professionals working with these children and elucidating Nacoa's supportive model of care. A poignant exploration of personal experiences adds depth to the narrative, culminating in a Q&A. Join us on this journey to comprehend, respond, and support those navigating the challenging landscape of parental alcoholism.


Closing Keynote Address

Mor Dioum, Director at VCF-The Victoria Climbie Foundation UK (invited)

"Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief"

Abuse linked to faith or belief is where concerns for a child’s welfare have been identified, and could be caused by, a belief in witchcraft, spirit or demonic possession, ritual or satanic abuse features; or when practices linked to faith or belief are harmful to a child.


Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks


Event Close

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• Accrue 8 CPD points
• Receive an update on improvements in information sharing and how it can support multi agency working
• Hear how a resilient and robust safeguarding system can protect children from harm
• Gain an insight into the status of asylum seeker unaccompanied children who are missing and at significant risk of exploitation
• Understand what care really means to children
• Improve awareness of the safeguarding needs for children and young people with disabilities
• Discover the outcomes of case studies
• Learn more about child abuse linked to faith or belief
• Listen to examples of best practice
• Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate with speakers and fellow professionals
• Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking

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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.

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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