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22 September 2020 - London
30 September 2020 - Manchester
6 October 2020 - Bristol


Bristol 2020

08:00 - 09:30

One-to-one legal consultations

Book one of twenty available consultation slots with one of our top education lawyers and safeguarding experts to ensure your concerns are answered in a confidential one-to-one environment.

09:40 - 09:45
10:00 - 10:30

Child Sexual Exploitation: Making practice accessible to and inclusive of boys

Phil Mitchell, Male Sexual Abuse Specialist

10:30 - 11:00

Hear from a panel of experts on topics including what constitutes peer-on-peer abuse, case studies and thresholds for action.

Chaired by Yvonne Spencer, Partner, VWV LLP

Panel members: Tony Saggers, Stratac Logical Ltd; Ella Savell-Boss, Safeguarding Consultant; representatives from local authority and police

11:00 - 11:20
11:20 - 11:30
12:10 - 13:00

1A: Low level drug use and county lines

A look at how cannabis affects young people, how it can link to County Lines and strategies to help students using cannabis.

 1B: SEND and Vulnerable Children

Practical ideas to safeguard children with additional communication needs and vulnerabilities.

 1C: Safeguarding: Your legal questions answered and what happens when it goes wrong

Examine the year’s serious case reviews and inspectorate updates and get your legal questions answered. What happens when it goes wrong and what lessons can schools learn?

Yvonne Spencer, Partner, VWV LLP

13:00 - 13:55

Networking lunch with top educational lawyers.

13:55 - 14:25

Unpack KCSIE updates and the implications for your safeguarding policy, training and culture

Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

14:40 - 15:30

2A: Your Safeguarding Culture

Best practice in evidencing day-to-day compliance, training and updates, using learning walks, and working with your safeguarding governor.

 2B: Domestic Abuse and Parental Mental Health 

Unpack the impact parental mental ill-health has on children and learn how to support students living with domestic abuse.

 2C: Knife Crime & gangs

Up to date information on knife-crime & gangs. Explore the legalities around searching for and confiscating weapons and strategies to safeguard against criminal exploitation.


15:50 - 16:40

3A: Difficult conversations

Best practice in handling and recording disclosures and managing conversations when students raise traumatic topics from their own experience or the news.

3B: Neglect

Dig deeper into what leads to neglect, including emotional neglect, what warrants a referral to children's social care, and how to manage cases effectively.

 3C: International and students from other cultures

Examine how to safeguard students from very different cultures, including those who may be reluctant to share concerns, or boarders, and explore how guardianship can work most effectively.