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Safeguarding Conference 2018


Our Safeguarding Children Conference brings together national leaders and experts in safeguarding and child protection.

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£249 + VAT (early bird £209 + VAT until 1st December) or attend as part of the Safeguarding Support Package

Feb 2 2018


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The Studio
51 Lever Street
M1 1FN

Phone: 08449671111


SAVE THE DATE: 2 February 2018

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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The following workshops will be available to choose from:

  • Fabricated Induced Illness - Dr Juliet Court
  • Female Genital Mutilation - Rose Ssali, AFRUCA 
  • Striving for excellence, keeping everybody safe - Louise Lynn, Piper Hill Special School
  • Radicalisation and extremism - Mark Tasker, Peel Solutions
  • Touch: Reflections on the issue of 'touch' in educational contexts - Sarah Mckintosh & Theresa Coughlan, One Education
  • Working with children and young people following traumatic eventsDr Susan Posada, One Education
  • Good goodbyes and good hellos: Supporting vulnerable pupils with transitionsMichelle Laverack & Carrie Bray, One Education
  • Creation & destruction: Self harm & art therapy - Colette Flynn, One Education
  • Families and schools - dealing with chaos - Yanela Garcia & James Stephens, One Education

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Keynote speakers

Sara Rowbotham Sara Rowbotham

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, 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.

Keynote: Problematic / sexually harmful behaviours

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 NSPCC reports that around a third of sexual abuse is committed by children and young people. Over 9000 recorded child sex offences were perpetrated by children in 2016 but this is likely to be under-estimated because sexual behaviour is often not recognised or un-reported.

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.

Exhibitors / Information stations

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.

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.

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