Key Points
  • Governmental ambitions, priorities and initiatives to combat CSE
  • Key messages from research implications on practice for police, health, social workers and multi-agency teams
  • Strategies to protect children from online CSE exploring recent grooming trends, apps and sites
  • Responding to reports of CSE from children and young people from within your authority and out of area
  • Identifying, disrupting and prosecuting perpetrators
  • Analysing local risks and raising awareness with children, parents and general public to develop a protective, local community


Overview
Confirmed speakers include

  • Ian Dean, Director, Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse
  • Kenny Gibson, National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England
  • DCS Jason Gwillim, Easy Area BCU Commander, Lead Responsible Officer for CSE, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Clare Bushell, Child Protection Co-ordinator, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP), National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Helen Leadbitter, Area Manager and National Young Carers Lead, The Children's Society
  • Sarah Hegarty, Operational Manager, The Children’s Society
  • Gill Gibbons, CEO, Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)
  • Ewen Weir, Director of People, Newcastle City Council
  • Charlene Sykes, Service Manager, Children's Social Work Services, IMAP (Integrated Multi Agency Partnership), Extended Hours and Child Exploitation, North Lincolnshire Council
  • Ann-Marie Brierly, Head of Safeguarding Children , North Lincolnshire Council

    Child sexual exploitation is a crime with devastating and long lasting consequences for its victims and their families. Many children are unaware that they are being exploited, due to the tactics employed by perpetrators. Although it is estimated that the police only hear about 1 in 8 cases (NSPCC 2017), the number of global sexual abuse referrals has rocketed and for the first time, the National Crime Agency is engaging with children as young as four, in a bid to help protect them online.

    Westminster Insight’s national conference will explore the latest guidance and innovative best practice to prevent CSE, support victims and disrupt and prosecute perpetrators. Join with colleagues from local authorities, police, health and the voluntary and community sector to hear the latest national and local perspectives on how to successfully prevent and tackle child sexual exploitation in your community.

  • Agenda
    Start

    09:20 - 09:50
    Registration, Coffee and Networking

     

    09:50 - 10:00
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Lynn Perry Corporate Director of Children’s Services UK (Interim), Barnardo’s

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    10:00 - 10:20
    Keeping Our Children Safe – The Government’s Response to Combating Child Sexual Exploitation

     
    • Governmental ambitions, priorities and initiatives
    • Promoting effective partnerships between technology companies, law enforcement, the charity sector and government
    • Online Harms White Paper – introduction of new legislation to tackle child sexual exploitation
    • Realising the opportunities of a strengthened safeguarding system

    10:20 - 10:40
    Key Messages from Research on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

     
    • Translating an overview of the current research evidence into confident and effective practice and commissioning
    • Implications for police, health, social workers, schools and multi-agency teams
    • Best practice in supporting young people, disrupting and prosecuting offenders, and preventing CSE
    • Gaps in the knowledge base – what we don’t yet know about risk, victims, perpetrators and practice 
    10:40 - 10:50 Questions and Discussion 

    Speakers

    Ian Dean Director, Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse

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    10:50 - 11:20
    Panel Session: Developing an Effective Multi-Agency Approach to CSE

     
    How can agencies work more effectively together to translate strategic commitment into impactful practice?

    Speakers

    DCS Jason Gwillim East Area BCU Commander, Lead Responsible Officer for CSE, Metropolitan Police Service

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    Kenny Gibson National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England

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    11:20 - 11:50
    Networking Tea and Coffee

     

    11:50 - 12:20
    Protecting Children from Online CSE

     
    • Recent trends in online child sexual exploitation and grooming – apps, sites and grooming tactics
    • Spotting the signs of children experiencing online CSE
    • Educating children and young people to be aware of the risks and how to protect themselves
    • Supporting parents to monitor their child’s online activity
    • Multi-agency strategies to disrupt perpetrators
    • An update on NCA’s online operations to tackle and disrupt child sex offenders in the UK and around the world

    12.20 - 12.30 Questions and Discussions

    Speakers

    Clare Bushell Child Protection Co-ordinator, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP), National Crime Agency (NCA)

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    12:30 - 12:50
    Innovative Approaches to Prevention and Supporting Children and Young People who have Experienced CSE

     
    • Common misconceptions about consent and risk factors
    • Key features of child-centred practice
    • Improving children’s resilience and understanding of healthy relationships
    • Building relationships with children and young people and developing trust
    • Reducing push and pull factors and helping young people to reconnect with social anchors

    12.50 - 13.00 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Helen Leadbitter Area Manager and National Young Carers Lead The Children’s Society

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    Sarah Hegarty Operational Manager, The Children’s Society

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    13:00 - 14:00
    Networking Lunch

     

    14:00 - 14:30
    Parents as Partners – Equipping and Empowering Parents to Safeguard their Child

     
    • Impact of CSE on parents and siblings
    • Implementing parent-friendly practices
    • Supporting parents and preventing family breakdown - PACE’s relational safeguarding model
    • The role of parents in disrupting perpetrators, information and intelligence sharing and police investigations
    14.30 - 14.40 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Gill Gibbons CEO, Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)

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    14:40 - 16:00
    Sharing Learning and Challenges of Developing a Multi-Agency Approach to Tackling CSE

     
    Hear from two trailblazing, early adopter, local authorities that are effectively working with schools, police, health and the voluntary sector to combat CSE.  Topics will include:
    • Mapping local issues and assessing risk
    • Preventing CSE – raising awareness with children, parents and general public to develop a protective, local community
    • Responding to reports and supporting victims
      Sharing information and intelligence to disrupt and convict perpetrators Measuring outcomes and impact

    14.40     Supporting Victims and Those at Risk of CSE at the UK’s first Sexual Exploitation Hub  

    15.10     Creating a Shared Vision for Continuous Improvement – Placing the Voices of Children and Young People at the Heart of Service Development  

    Speakers

    Charlene Sykes Service Manager, Children's Social Work Services IMAP North Lincolnshire Council

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    Ann-Marie Brierly Head of Safeguarding Children , North Lincolnshire Council

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    Ewen Weir Director of People, Newcastle City Council

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    16:00 - 16:00
    Chairs Close of Conference

     

    Speakers

    Lynn Perry Corporate Director of Children’s Services UK (Interim), Barnardo’s

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    End

    Speakers

    Ann-Marie Brierly Head of Safeguarding Children , North Lincolnshire Council

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    Clare Bushell Child Protection Co-ordinator, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP), National Crime Agency (NCA)

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    Ian Dean Director, Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse

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    Gill Gibbons CEO, Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)

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    Kenny Gibson National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England

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    DCS Jason Gwillim East Area BCU Commander, Lead Responsible Officer for CSE, Metropolitan Police Service

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    Sarah Hegarty Operational Manager, The Children’s Society

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    Helen Leadbitter Area Manager and National Young Carers Lead The Children’s Society

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    Lynn Perry Corporate Director of Children’s Services UK (Interim), Barnardo’s

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    Charlene Sykes Service Manager, Children's Social Work Services IMAP North Lincolnshire Council

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    Ewen Weir Director of People, Newcastle City Council

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    Venue details

    Central London


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