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The National Safeguarding Conference 2013

Safeguarding: Time to Draw the Line

Protecting children and vulnerable adults

There are currently at least 30 separate police investigations into harm and abuse at children’s homes, guest houses, religious houses, and within the entertainment industry. The number of people being monitored by MAPPA is in excess of 55,000 and the number of children in need of a specific social services care plan exceeds 350,000.  It is time to draw the line!

We look forward to welcoming you to this vital national conference on safeguarding - where your voice will be heard.

NTRL’s First National Safeguarding Conference is focussed on helping Safeguarding Officers, Teachers, Social Workers, Care Workers, NHS and voluntary sector staff to become more effective in their vital roles in safeguarding children and protecting vulnerable adults.

Parents, Teachers and Safeguarding Officers are very often the first line of defence against harm, grooming, illegal internet or social media activity. They will be concerned about forced marriage, female genital mutilation, trafficking, indecent images, harassment, bullying, self-harming, substance misuse, abusive behaviour, domestic violence and awareness of the risk of terrorist activity. They will also be concerned about the safety of lone workers and the health and safety of women who are pregnant at work or in stages of maternity.

Managers responsible for aspects of safeguarding in regulated activities such as the NHS, care homes, hospital or care at home, schools and sixth form colleges, further education and adult and community learning colleges will want to know how to report and respond to cases of suspected harm and abuse.

In addition to the above, the conference will provide up-to-date information on a wide range of relevant topics, including

  • Changes to the disclosure and barring system (DBS) and 'regulated activity'
  • The work of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) system
  • Police disclosure systems including ‘Sarah’s Law’.
  • Decisions on Early Intervention
  • The role of local safeguarding boards and Local Authority Delegated Officers (LADO) and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH)
  • The safeguarding aspects of Special Guardianship Orders, Fostering, Child-minding and Playgroups
  • Cyber bullying, Internet and social media misuse

Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green said last month:

“We need to stop sickening child sexual abuse before it starts. The ambitious programme of work I am setting out hinges on agencies coming together to stamp out abuse.”

The conference delegates will learn about the Four Key Home Office priorities:

  • Improve multi-agency child protection so agencies are actively identifying those at risk.
  • Further strengthen the safeguards against online child abuse.
  • Fully equip police to deal with complex and sensitive cases.
  • Ensure victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system.

The Conference Chair, David E P Dennis (FCIPD LCGI RAF) lectures on safeguarding and trains safeguarding officers and he will make a key speech which reviews all the latest efforts to prevent harm. Other key speakers include Caroline Brant, BBC’s Child Protection Policy Manager; Elizabeth Hall, Safeguarding Adviser (Child and Adult Protection) for the Church of England & Methodist Church; Adriènne Kelbie, Chief Executive, The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and representatives from other organisations integral to the national safeguarding effort.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Officers and their Education team will give a major workshop session on identifying and acting upon risks from, internet, electronic communication and social media.

Throughout the day there will be opportunities for questioning the experts, debate, networking, talking to the exhibitors and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Getting it Right - Stopping the Cycle of Abuse
The afternoon of the conference will emphasise the willingness of the police to react promptly to concerns. It will also look at serious case reviews and how we are still failing to see the signs of abuse and to intervene.  There will be an opportunity to draw conclusions about the current gaps in protection for children and vulnerable adults, the persistent failure of responsible organisations to act in time to prevent harm and death - and to vote for more government action on the prevention of harm and abuse.

The National Safeguarding Conference is a "must attend" event attracting interest from:

  • Teachers, Managers and Safeguarding Officers working in Schools, FE, HE and the private training sector.
  • Managers and Safeguarding Officers of Care Homes and Care at Home schemes .
  • All NHS staff, Managers and Safeguarders.
  • Social Services staff, Police, Government Departments and Public Sector Agencies.
  • Sports, Scouting and Guiding, Outdoor activity and voluntary sector safeguarders.

Exhibitors Stands

The Conference will also have a number of Exhibitor Stands. Please visit the exhibitor’s page on this website for further information.

Current Exhibitors

ProQual Awarding Body

Eyes Open Creative

Disclosure and Barring Service

Delegate Pack Leaflet Sponsors

Premier Training Services

Women's Aid

NSPCC