Overview

15 Nov, 20228:45 am-4:15 pm
Central London

The Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation Conference explores leading solutions and practical insights into effectively preventing, identifying and eradicating child sexual exploitation across the UK.

Through policy updates, discussions around key issues and the delivery of practical guidance, delegates will assess how to enhance multi-agency responses, the next steps in improving children’s understanding and resilience to sexual exploitation and abuse and how all services can deliver outstanding safeguarding to protect children at risk.

With innovations being championed to tackle child abuse and exploitation in all its forms, including through the Government’s Safety Tech Challenge Fund as well is that being led by local councils and community partners, greater efforts must be made to meet the aims and recommendations of the Government’s 2021 Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy.

Join together with a cross-section of colleagues at this annual Conference to explore and implement the next steps together.

 

Reasons to attend

  • Assess the impact of COVID-19 on effectively identifying and preventing child sexual exploitation
  • Explore the next steps in supporting high quality multi-agency responses to support children at risk
  • Examine what the new Government Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy means for your role
  • Network with leaders from across the public sector seeking innovative approaches in challenging CSE

Key Speakers

Senior Representative, Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Unit (TCSAU) photo
Senior Representative, Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Unit (TCSAU)
Tackling Exploitation & Abuse Directorate, Public Safety Group
Home Office
Frances Flaxington photo
Frances Flaxington
Senior Associate, Innovation Unit
Member, The National Crime Agency Independent Ethics Reference Group
Meeta Chaudhary photo
Meeta Chaudhary
Head of National Programmes
The Children’s Society
Sheila Taylor photo
Sheila Taylor
CEO
NWG Network
Holly Archer photo
Holly Archer
Author
I Never Gave My Consent
Scarlett Jones photo
Scarlett Jones
CSE Survivor
Senior Representative, Threat Leadership Command photo
Senior Representative, Threat Leadership Command
National Crime Agency
Anne Lamb photo
Anne Lamb
Co-Founder
Out of the Shadows
Rhiannon-Faye McDonald photo
Rhiannon-Faye McDonald
Subject Matter Expert
Marie Collins Foundation

Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Frances Flaxington
Frances Flaxington
Senior Associate, Innovation Unit
Member, The National Crime Agency Independent Ethics Reference Group
Confirmed
9:40 am
Government Update: Working to End Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

This session will offer an overview of the key themes outlined in the Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy 2021 and provide updates on the implementation of initiatives so far, including plans for future spending allocations.

Progress will be assessed on meeting the Strategy objectives since its launch, and research-informed recommendations will be provided on how all partner agencies can continue to strengthen approaches to:

  • Tackle all forms of CSA and bring offenders to justice
  • Prevent offending and re-offending
  • Protect and safeguard every child and young person, and provide support for victims and survivors

This session will include time for questions.

Senior Representative, Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Unit (TCSAU)
Senior Representative, Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Unit (TCSAU)
Tackling Exploitation & Abuse Directorate, Public Safety Group
Home Office
Confirmed
10:10 am
IICSA Update: Highlighting Insights, Recommendations and Next Steps Following the Final Report

This session will include time for questions.

Russell Knight
Russell Knight
Head of Engagement
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
Invited
10:40 am
Emerging Trends in the Practice of Tackling Child Exploitation

Through the NWG Network’s work, Sheila will talk about the emerging themes and trends practitioners are considering with them, information on the latest resources and toolkits available and how the NWG can you your develop and improve your response to children exploited in the UK.

There will also be an exploration of next steps following the final report from the IICSA.

This session will include time for questions.

Sheila Taylor
Sheila Taylor
CEO
NWG Network
Confirmed
11:30 am
Break, Refreshments and Networking
11:50 am
The Police Role in Tackling Child Abuse and Exploitation Through Organised Networks
  • Exploring good practice and lessons learnt from dealing with cases of exploitation and abuse, as well as those involving children at risk
  • Sharing guidance for police colleagues across the country and reflecting on what more can be done to prevent and address abuse and exploitation
  • Advising how to embed recommendations and research by the IICSA into police work and responses to organised networks perpetuating abuse, and how police can work with other local and national partners to ensure a robust system of prevention and prosecution
  • Updates on improving data collection and communication with victims across the system

This session will include time for questions.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley QPM
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley QPM
Child Protection Abuse Investigation Working Group
NPCC
Invited
12:15 pm
NCA: Co-ordinated Operational Response to Child Sexual Abuse

Learn more about the work of the National Crime Agency and their partnerships with national and international agencies to prevent and address child sexual exploitation.

This session will include time for questions.

Senior Representative, Threat Leadership Command
Senior Representative, Threat Leadership Command
National Crime Agency
Confirmed
12:40 pm
Panel Discussion: Exploring How to End Online Child Abuse and Exploitation

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Reflecting on efforts by national and international policymakers and private companies in putting structures in place to prevent and tackle child abuse online
  • Exploring the next steps in innovation following the announcement of the winners of the Government’s Safety Tech Challenge Fund
  • Sharing insights from joint-working strategies to end online exploitation and how to ensure children and young people’s views, and an understanding of how they use the internet, are embedded into these
  • Considering the short- and long- term effects of online abuse and exploitation on victims and survivors, and how child protection and support agencies can improve service provision to meet specific needs among different demographics and individual experiences
Will Gardner OBE
Will Gardner OBE
CEO
Childnet International
Invited
Rhiannon-Faye McDonald
Rhiannon-Faye McDonald
Subject Matter Expert
Marie Collins Foundation
Confirmed
UK Safer Internet Centre
UK Safer Internet Centre
Senior Representative
Invited
1:15 pm
Lunch and Networking Break
2:15 pm
Peer Discussion: Improving Multi-Agency Working and Sharing ‘What Works’

This session will provide the opportunity for participants to connect with peers working in different areas of tackling and preventing child sexual exploitation and learn more about the work happening in different services across the country.

In small groups, share your views on how partner agencies can work better together, and highlight good practice from your context while learning from other peers and experts.

2:30 pm
What Does the Research Say? Using Evidence to Tackle Child Exploitation

This session will explore key themes from the Research in Practice Programme focusing on Tackling Child Exploitation, addressing areas including:

  • Minoritised voices
  • Data collection and usage
  • Assessing risk

You will also learn more about the Practice Principles currently being developed with and for all bodies involved in responding to child exploitation and extra-familial harm, as commissioned by the Department for Education to improve service delivery.

This session will include time for questions.

Meeta Chaudhary
Meeta Chaudhary
Head of National Programmes
The Children’s Society
Confirmed
2:55 pm
Exploring Innovation in Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

This session will share insights into one local authority’s approach to creating a hub of co-located services to better support children and young people at risk of and experiencing exploitation and abuse.

  • Learn how partnership-working across the Council seeks to divert and disrupt exploitation linked to county lines, gangs, weapon-carrying and drug-selling
  • Understand how the newly created Exploitation Hub will embed the latest research and best practice from different areas and services to ensure the best approach possible to preventing and tackling exploitation
  • Explore how social workers connect with national and local charities to enhance expertise and seek advice on complex cases
  • Consider learnings from Bradford to ensure your services are also trauma-informed and psycho-educative

This session will include time for questions.

Zoe King
Zoe King
Child Protection Manager in Children’s Services
The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Invited
3:20 pm
Break, Refreshments and Networking
3:40 pm
Panel Discussion: Learning What Survivors Want from Service Providers

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Understanding the nuances needed in language used when supporting children and young people who have experienced different forms of abuse and exploitation
  • Highlighting the need for improved information-sharing between agencies to reduce the burden on victims and survivors to re-tell their story
  • Advising frontline practitioners and leaders across children’s services on small changes in their approach that could make a lasting positive difference on children and young people dealing with the trauma of abuse and/or exploitation
Holly Archer
Holly Archer
Author
I Never Gave My Consent
Confirmed
Scarlett Jones
Scarlett Jones
CSE Survivor
Confirmed
Anne Lamb
Anne Lamb
Co-Founder
Out of the Shadows
Confirmed
4:15 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

Frances Flaxington
Frances Flaxington
Senior Associate, Innovation Unit
Member, The National Crime Agency Independent Ethics Reference Group
Confirmed

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