Key Points
  • Hear the latest best practice from innovative, collaborative multi-agency partnerships working together to protect children from harm
  • Gain comprehensive perspectives to identify and prevent harm through early intervention policies and a contextual safeguarding approach
  • Holistic and child-centred approaches to tackling child criminal and sexual exploitation, county lines and preventing repeated missing episodes
  • Streamlining multi-agency safeguarding hubs to close performance gaps
  • Working inclusively and effectively with parents, carers, schools and local communities to safeguard children


Overview
Expert Speakers

  • Chris Miller, Chair, London Regional Group of LSCB Chairs
  • Dr. Carlene Firmin MBE, Principal Research Fellow, Contextual Safeguarding Research Programme at the University of Bedfordshire
  • Duncan Evans, NPCC County Lines Lead for Child Exploitation, National County Lines Coordination Centre
  • Kate Garbers, Founder and Managing Director, Unseen
  • Julie Hulls, Head of Safeguarding and Professional Standards, CSH Surrey
  • Alison Ritchie, Kingfisher Team Manager, Oxfordshire City Council
  • Coco Stevenson, Safeguarding Lead, City of London School
  • Dan Martin, Principal Officer for Social Care, National Children’s Bureau

    Join Westminster Insight’s Safeguarding Children: A Shared Responsibility conference to explore the revised “Working Together to Safeguard Children” guidelines with leading pathfinders, best practice case studies and key stakeholders.

    Hear how closer collaboration between safeguarding agencies can be streamlined and transformed into successful partnerships. The National Children’s Bureau will report on lessons learnt from successful projects building effective multi-agency safeguarding arrangements across the UK.

    You will gain an insight into how agencies and local partners are identifying and responding to different types of abuse and neglect, including criminal exploitation, county lines and sexual exploitation. Listen to innovative methods to meeting shared safeguarding responsibilities through a contextual safeguarding approach.

    You will gain a comprehensive perspective to develop integral policies that will help to protect vulnerable children from harm. Hear actionable advice on child centred strategies that range from early intervention, building resilience to mitigate the risks of online abuse, involving schools in the identification and monitoring of children at risk.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers and explore best practice to improve your service delivery to make sure vulnerable children get the help they need and deserve.

Agenda
Start

09:30 - 09:40
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Emily Cherry Executive Director, The Bikeability Trust

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09:40 - 10:10
Keynote Address: Working Together to Keep Children Safe, a Shared Responsibility

 
  • Reviewing governmental ambitions, priorities and initiatives to promote the welfare of children and prevent those at risk of harm
  • Realising the opportunities of a strengthened safeguarding system
  • Approaching child protection through a holistic response and joining services to attend vulnerable children
10:00-10:10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Chris Miller Chair of Harrow LSCB and Chair of the London Regional Group of LSCB Chairs

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10:10 - 10:50
Rethinking Prevention and Early Intervention as the Root of Safeguarding

 
  • Reviewing the evidence for effective preventive programmes that reduce child abuse and exploitation
  • Creating safe spaces and teaching healthy relations as a driver of social capital to increase resilience in children
  • Fostering relations with parents and engaging families as part of the solution to identify and tackle criminal and sexual exploitation
  • Safeguarding looked after children and identifying early signs of trauma, neglect and exploitation
10:40 - 10:50 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Mark Whelan National Training and Partnership Coordinator, Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE)

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10:50 - 11:20
Embedding a Contextual Safeguarding Approach in Practice

 
  • Exploring innovative ways of meeting shared safeguarding responsibilities
  • Monitoring teenagers and important transitions to bridge safeguarding gaps
  • Redesigning children’s services with a dynamic and information sharing platforms and child centred approaches
  • Involving communities and local authorities in the creation of safe public spaces to decrease criminal recruitment
11:10-11:20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dr. Carlene Firmin Principal Research Fellow, International Centre at the University of Bedfordshire

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11:20 - 11:40
Break

 

11:40 - 12:20
Joint session: Responding to Criminal Exploitation and County Lines Activity Involvement

 
  • Identifying the pull factors for exploitation and abuse through collaboration of and intelligence sharing between schools and councils to make timely referrals and utilising the National Referral Mechanism
  • Reducing missing episodes and conducting return interviews to identify harm and provide safety advice to children in care
  • Improving interventions from police, Youth Offending Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Spotting potential victims and comprehending the victim and perpetrator position and supporting children in criminal networks
12:10-12:20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Kate Garbers Founder and Managing Director, Unseen

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Duncan Evans NPCC County Lines Lead for Child Exploitation

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12:20 - 13:10
Reviewing Safeguarding Policies, Staff Response and Comprehensive Partnerships

 
  • Identifying different types of abuse to make the proper referral to local authorities or the National Referral Mechanism
  • Creating safe environments where staff are approachable and trained to report concerns accordingly
  • Understanding Child Protection Conferences and prioritising the voice of lived experience
  • Safeguarding looked after children and identifying early signs of exploitation
  • Working together with local authorities and creating the right environment and culture for partnership working to flourish
  • Reviewing best practices to streamline Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs 
13:00-13:10 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Alison Ritchie Kingfisher Team Manager, Oxfordshire City Council

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13:10 - 13:40
Break

 

13:40 - 14:10
Safeguarding in Schools

 
  • Strengthening school engagement and exploring alternatives to school off rolling as a way of preventing added risk to vulnerable children
  • Safeguarding in schools during COVID 19
  • Improving children’s services by empowering carers
14:00-14:10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Coco Stevenson Designated Safeguarding Lead, City of London School

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14:10 - 14:40
Online safety: Protecting Children from Online Abuse

 
  • Responding to Covid 19 and online risk and harm 
  • Improving digital literacy and resilience through education 
  • Engaging and mobilising young people in online safety promotion
14:30 - 14:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Will Gardner CEO, Safer Internet Centre and Childnet International

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14:40 - 15:05
Learning from Early Adopters of Multiagency Safeguarding Arrangements

 
The NCB recently reported on the implementation and best practices for effective Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH) collaborations based on 17 projects across the country. Dan Martin, Principal Officer for Social Care, National Children’s Bureau will comment on the key findings of the report and explore how MASH can work more effectively and innovatively.  

Breaking down silos and creating more integrated and innovative responses between authorities and service providers

14:55 - 15:05 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dan Martin Principal Officer for Social Care, National Children's Bureau

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15:05 - 15:15
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Emily Cherry Executive Director, The Bikeability Trust

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Duncan Evans NPCC County Lines Lead for Child Exploitation

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Dr. Carlene Firmin Principal Research Fellow, International Centre at the University of Bedfordshire

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Kate Garbers Founder and Managing Director, Unseen

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Will Gardner CEO, Safer Internet Centre and Childnet International

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Dan Martin Principal Officer for Social Care, National Children's Bureau

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Chris Miller Chair of Harrow LSCB and Chair of the London Regional Group of LSCB Chairs

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Alison Ritchie Kingfisher Team Manager, Oxfordshire City Council

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Coco Stevenson Designated Safeguarding Lead, City of London School

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Mark Whelan National Training and Partnership Coordinator, Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE)

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Venue details

Streamed Live 9:30 - 15:15 (BST)


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