The National Safeguarding Children 2024 Conference

  • Thursday, 21 November 2024
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

Following on from a highly successful spring conference in London, Open Forum Events are pleased to launch a new event which will continue to shape the narrative surrounding children and young people safeguarding. This biannual meeting aims to bring together professionals from various fields to discuss best practices, share knowledge, and collaborate on strategies to protect children from harm.

Children present as some of the most at risk members of our community and are at exposed to various forms of abuse and neglect, which can have long-lasting effects on their physical and emotional health. It is the responsibility for the whole of society to safeguard their safety and well-being at all times.

The National Safeguarding Children 2024 Conference will cover a wide range of topics related to safeguarding children and will provide a platform for professional learning and development. Insightful and informative plenary addresses will be interspersed with discussion panels and networking opportunities, affording delegates with a comprehensive conference experience.

Previous attendees commented:

‘It was a really good event and it was great to be a part of’          

‘Found it so interesting’

‘Thank you for organising such a great event’     

‘The whole day left us with positivity’

‘It was great to speak to so many likeminded colleagues and the rest of the speakers were all fantastic’


The National Safeguarding Children 2024 Conference is a meaningful event that brings together professionals and stakeholders to work towards the common goal of protecting children from harm. By sharing knowledge, best practices, and resources, and uniting in efforts to safeguard, a safer environment for all children can be created.

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.

  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Kim Martin, EY Safeguarding Consultant, The Safeguarding Consultant (confirmed)
"The Power of Pain: How Trauma Has Shaped My Career Synopsis:"

Falling into a career in childcare as a victim of abuse, my personal trauma, steered me into specialising in safeguarding. Trauma, has heightened my ability to recognise and protect vulnerability. In my opening address at this conference, I will delve into how complex trauma has not only shaped my professional journey, but also fuelled my commitment to safeguarding. I aim to highlight the profound impact of understanding our personal 'why'—the core motivations driving our dedication to protect the vulnerable. Join me as we explore these themes, aiming to inspire and reconnect us with the deep-seated reasons behind our career choices in safeguarding.


  • Miriam Williams, Local Authority Designated Officer, West Sussex County Council (confirmed)
"Safeguarding Children from Abuse by Someone in a Position of Trust"

This presentation will explain the role of the LADO and outline the allegations management process and illustrated with a case study

"Behaviour in Schools"

The latest data on classroom behaviour, parental complaints and challenges schools are facing.


Main 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

  • Huw LLoyd, Global Professional Instructor, CPI (confirmed)

Speaker TBC

"How does Pornography Impact Young People and Children?"

Viewing pornography and other pornographic content can have a big impact and can harm young people and children, affecting their mental health, and perceptions of healthy relationships, sex, and issues like consent

  • Marie Wright, Nursing Consultant, BCUHB Health Board and Advance Nurse Practitioner, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"Safeguarding Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings"

Emergency departments may be the first point at which children who have been subject
to abuse or neglect come into contact with professionals who are able to act for their
protection. All health care organisations have a duty outlined in legislation to make
arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and
to co-operate with other agencies to protect individual children and young people from


Case Study


Question and 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

  • Donna Ohdedar, CEO & Founder, Review Consulting Ltd (confirmed)

Speaker TBC 

"Contextual Safeguarding"

Contextual safeguarding is a safeguarding approach that focuses on understanding the situations outside of an immediate family environment that may put an individual at risk of harm.

  • Dr Neera Dholakia GP, Safeguarding Advisor, Mental Health Lead, Boots Online Doctor and Named GP for Safeguarding Children, NHS NWL ICB: West London Borough (confirmed)
"Safeguarding Children in Private Online Healthcare "

This presentation will explore best practice in how children and be  safeguarded in this new type of healthcare space. It covers areas including sexual abuse, trafficking, sexual exploitation and domestic abuse. 


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break


Hannah Oertel, Founder, Delay Smartphones (invited)

"Why Delay Smartphones?"

Children are growing up in a digital world and technology offers many positive things to them, however, there are many issues and risks with children having access to the internet at an early age. With safer alternatives available, there are calls for delaying access for children to smart phones.


Closing Keynote Address

Ms. Sukey Tarr, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University (invited)

"Child Forced Marriage "

This presentation will explore the challenges and best practice related to working with children at risk of or in forced marriage situations.


Question and Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks and Event Close

  • Register for event

Having difficulty paying through Eventbrite? If you would like assistance registering your place please contact me on 0161 376 9007 and i'll be happy to assist. If you are awaiting funding you can request us to hold your place today to ensure you do not miss out.

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  • Accrue 8 CPD points
  • Listen to an account where lived experience has informed professional best practice in addressing safeguarding risks and challenges
  • Hear about the role of LADOs when dealing with allegations against people in a position of trust  
  • Gain an insight into the latest data on classroom behaviour
  • Discover how children and young people exposed to pornography are at risk of harm and abuse
  • Understand the responsibility of safeguarding within emergency care settings
  • Improve awareness of contextual safeguarding  
  • Learn more about protecting children from forced marriage
  • Be updated on the research associated with the risks of smart phone use by young children
  • Realise improved outcomes through trauma informed 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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  • Safeguarding Children: Finding Solutions for Better Protection - Event Report

    • Posted on 25 May 2018



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.

The 18 conference rooms are decked out with all the mod cons including state-of-the-art AV technology, projectors and screens, free Wi-Fi and flip charts. Our clients cover the whole spectrum and include government organisations, trade unions, large corporate companies, non-profit organisations, health and education sectors and small to medium-sized businesses.

From the get-go we strive for excellence in everything we do and our dedicated team of conference professionals go all out to make sure your conference, event or exhibition runs like clockwork.

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