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.
Sara Rowbotham was the sexual health worker who exposed the Rochdale child abuse scandal. Sara will talk about her experience of working with young people who were at risk of or involved in Child Sexual Exploitation, the response of statutory services and her experience of whistleblowing.
Sara worked as Rochdale’s crisis intervention team coordinator between 2003 and 2014, in a specialist service aiming to prevent the sexual exploitation of young people.
The scandal, recently televised as a powerful true crime drama 'Three Girls', left Sara redundant from her job two years after the abusers were convicted. A petition launched on change.org, states that Sara and her team should be formerly recognised for their services to young people.
It states: “Sara and her team should be applauded by not only GMP & the CPS but the government and crown for her services for young people. Along with the recognition of their work Sara and her team should be the highest advocates for future national guidance surrounding the grooming of children."
As a sexual health worker, Sara has identified young people who were vulnerable to child sexual exploitation (CSE) and alerted the authorities to children who were being abused. She became disillusioned at the string of under-age girls who spoke to her who were being abused by grown men but were being dismissed as "child prostitutes".
Sara Rowbotham, who led a team of sexual health workers in Rochdale, would later tell a Home Affairs’ select committee that she had made 181 referrals for young people who she thought were being groomed for sex as early as 2005.
Keynote: Child Sexual Exploitation and Whistleblowing
Sara will talk about her work with young people who were involved in or vulnerable to CSE in Rochdale since 2003, the response of statutory services and her experience of whistle blowing.
Julie Henniker (AIM Project)
Julie Henniker is the manager of the AIM Project (Assessment Intervention Moving on). The project was originally established in Greater Manchester in 2000, to work on a multi-agency basis across the 10 local authorities and key agencies training and supporting frontline practitioners to deliver assessment and interventions in relation to children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour. The work of the project has now been adapted and adopted nationally.
Julie’s background is in child protection social work within local authorities and the NSPCC. She has worked with adults who sexually offend and their non-abusing partners, before progressing her interest more specifically to children and adolescents who display sexually harmful behaviours.
She has undertaken research for the Youth Justice Board, mapping responses and services to young people who sexually offend. She has contributed to the Youth Justice Board’s Effective Practice Paper in relation to this group and has co-authored a number of chapters on the subject.
Julie has extensively presented at National and International conferences.
Schools often feel unprepared and unsupported in responding to and managing pupils who display sexually harmful behaviours. This presentation will consider the growing evidential literature base surrounding sexually harmful behaviours and give delegates the opportunity to explore their personal and professional responses.
The vast majority of children with sexually harmful behaviour have experienced abuse themselves and there is a risk they may harm themselves and/or others.
Schools and academies are often at the sharp end of dealing with problematic and sexually harmful behaviours displayed by children and young people, yet all too often feel unprepared and unsupported in their risk assessment, management and response.
The Key's Safeguarding Training Centre means you can stay up to date, have time to support your pupils, and train your staff in each area of safeguarding confidently. Visit our stand to find out about our child protection INSET pack (developed in partnership with One Education), knowledge bank, e-mail updates and more.
Manchester Early Help Teams work with children and families in Manchester, providing preventative support and intervention before problems become complex and entrenched. Information will be available regarding how to access support from the Hubs and the process regarding early help assessments. There will be a member of staff from the Early Help team to answer queries on the day.
Multi Award Winning Company Footlights (established 2005) offers professional plays to schools, colleges, institutes and businesses. They believe in quality in education above all else. They take their work very seriously and use drama vehicle for social change, as well as to enhance the school curriculum. They also offer professionals and businesses who work with vulnerable groups, families and the general public an accessible platform in which they can see real life cases on stage and how this may have affected a person or their family and community. "Invisible" is their highly regarded play which follows two central characters, Josh and Marnie, who find themselves somehow connected to an exploitative relationship. You will be able to find out more about their whole school awareness programmes at the conference and they look forward to meeting you all there.
Quotes from previous attendees
Andrew Cook, Assistant Headteacher
Little Lever School, Bolton
Absolutely fantastic day... So much expertise and so much information to take back to school.
"Lots of extremely insightful info."
"Very thought provoking keynote speakers communicating very clear messages."
"All speakers excellent, current + relevant."
"There is so much good material to digest and share. Already thinking I will be able to share this with staff, students and parents."
"Lots to take away to school - don't just file info away - use it!"
"Lorin Lafave - Absolutely inspiring. A really eye opening and personal account which has made me feel even more passionate about safeguarding."
"Highlight of Day: All areas and speakers were professional and interesting."
"I enjoyed it all."
"Afternoon speakers were excellent, a good mix of workshops & speakers."
More details, workshop confirmations and updates will be added in due course.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018 comes into effect on 3rd September 2018. This free briefing provides you with the relevant information concerning essential updates and changes that you need to know from the Safeguarding and HR perspective. Make sure you know what your obligations are by ensuring you book now to secure your place.
This essential training for all designated safeguarding leads will refresh your knowledge of how to recognise and respond to concerns and disclosures of abuse. A training certificate will be issued after the event.