Our Safeguarding Children Conference brings together national leaders and experts in safeguarding and child protection.
Through attending workshops and hearing from highly regarded keynote speakers, delegates will explore key safeguarding issues for schools and academies.
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Who should attend?
Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Designated Safeguarding Leads, Deputy Safeguarding Leads, SENDCOs, Pastoral Staff.
9:15am - 3:30pm
Founder of the Breck Bednar Foundation, Lorin will be discussing how to help young people stay safe online.
Lorin LaFave is the mother of 14 year old Breck Bednar, who was murdered by an online predator following a 12month period of internet grooming. She has since formed The Breck Foundation to help young people understand the dangers of interacting with strangers online.
Lorin will be sharing what Breck’s story teaches us including the signs of grooming, how we can improve prevention together in order to better protect children and why these life lessons are fundamental to every child’s development.
Tom is from AFRUCA (African Nations Against Child Abuse) who will explore effective family intervention.
Tom qualified with a Masters in Social Work from London Metropolitan University in 2012. In 2006, he worked with Kent County Council's Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seeking Service as a Family Support Worker, supporting African children arriving in the UK alone. On qualification as a social worker from London Metropolitan University, he initially worked in Haringey Children's Services Safeguarding and Support Service, subsequently moving into their Private Fostering service in 2014.
In late 2014, Tom left Haringey Children's Services and worked in Ghana as a social worker, working for an NGO tackling children's rights abuses such as child trafficking, child labour and child marriage. From Ghana, he travelled to Sierra Leone to work as a social worker in the fight against Ebola. He worked for a small local charity, working with orphans and survivors of Ebola, providing psycho-social and practical support 'on the ground' in Freetown and also Kambia district.
Tom has a range of experiences working with African children and families and has been employed by AFRUCA since June 2015, during which time he has assessed dozens of African families in relation to cultural practices and child abuse, especially physical abuse and neglect. He is registered as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Child Focussed Systemic Practice with the Institute of Family Therapy.
Working in Partnership with Black and African families within a Safeguarding Context
Within his keynote, Tom will explore a number of safeguarding issues linked to culture and faith, focussing specifically on the use of physical chastisement. He will look at how a strengths-based approach to working with families, accompanied with knowledge and expertise on culture and faith can bring about change. He will then unpick what this approach looks like in practice.
Dean Coady OBE
Dean will explore how the Prevent Duty can be used to build resiliency in young people through the notions of citizenship.
Dean is a former soldier and prior to his retirement from Greater Manchester Police, was one of the highest decorated officers in the UK, having been deployed in many roles, including CID, Murder Squad, Gang Unit and as a Counter-Terrorism Community Engagement Officer. Throughout this time he has researched, developed and designed engagement and training resources for both Safeguarders and young people.
Dean has advised numerous schools and other agencies across the UK in relation to Radicalisation, Street Gangs and Child Sexual Exploitation- including NSPCC, Greater Manchester Police, NWG and Pupil Referral Units.
A range of subjects will be covered by our popular workshops which will include:
- The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Young People
- Child Sexual Exploitation: A review of risk factors and preventative approaches in schools
- Emotional and Trauma Support for Children and Young People
- Faith Based Abuse
- Responding to Racist Incidents and Bullying in Schools
The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Young People
Domestic Abuse has a detrimental affect on behaviour, learning, attendance and psychological wellbeing. It is always a safeguarding issue. This workshop will cover:
- The statistics relating to young people and domestic abuse
- Identifying signs of abuse
- The dynamics of abusive relationships
- Supporting children, young people and families affected by domestic abuse
- Preventative education
Delivered by Abigail Stern, Educational Psychologist - One Education
Child Sexual Exploitation
A review of risk factors and preventative approaches in schools.
This presentation covers definitions of CSE, followed by an orientation to relevant legislation and guidance. A description of the complex and wide array of possible CSE risk factors is followed by a discussion about preventative approaches and interventions.
Delivered by Frances Parker, Educational Psychologist - One Education
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Emotional and Trauma Support for Children and Young People
There are times when children and young people are not emotionally ready for learning. In a survey of 1,308 professionals in the UK, 98% of the professionals reported there was not enough therapeutic support for children who have been abused (NSPCC, 2015).
Our creative therapies meet a wide range of emotional and psychological needs flexibly and responsively, providing new ways for children and young people to communicate their inner lives.
An experiential workshop using art materials and discussing other modalities to explore and express feelings and thoughts.
No art-making experience needed!
Delivered by Deirdre McConnell, ETS Team Leader & Yanela Garcia, ETS Counsellor - One Education
This workshop will be focusing on the belief in witchcraft and spirit possession as a social reality in some cultures. It will be targeting harmful behaviours about the existence or non-existence of witchcraft. It will also be looking at how the scale of abuse linked to faith or belief can be underestimated and ultimately, better our knowledge on Faith-based abuse and the key roles organisations e.g. schools and practitioners can play in safeguarding children especially those accused of spirit passion or witchcraft.
Delivered by Oladapo Awosokanre - AFRUCA
Responding to Racist Incidents and Bullying in school
In this workshop we will consider racist incidents and bullying, and the impact they can have on individuals. We will look at practical approaches and strategies school staff can use in school to respond.
Delivered by Susan Posada and Theresa Coughlan, Educational Psychologists - One Education
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