‘Since March 2020...more families have fallen into poverty and all the major risk factors to children - domestic violence, poor parental mental health, and alcohol/substance abuse - have heightened. At the same time, there has been a significant fall (by 10% compared to the last 3 years) in referrals to children's services, as children became increasingly 'invisible' under Covid-19,' Children's Commissioner policy briefing, January 2021.
Childline reported a 16% increase in the number of counselling sessions about mental health with children aged 11 and under and a 10% rise in couselling sessions about loneliness across all age groups.
Against this background, staying up to date with KCSIE responsibilities has never been more vital. Spotting the signs of neglect, supporting children and families affected by domestic abuse, trauma or grief, protecting young people from exploitation, and ensuring outstanding safeguarding cultures in our schools is crucial.
Our 17th annual Child Protection in Education conference is your opportunity to network with leading educational lawyers, practitioners and experts, unpack the Department for Education advice and guidance and take away proven strategies and resources to implement and evidence compliant child protection procedures and an outstanding schoolwide safeguarding culture.
What our previous delegates have said:
'Excellent event and fantastic variety of topics covered with good keynote speakers' – Deputy Head, St Augustine’s Priory
'Excellent. Full of really useful information that is practical as well as appropriate' - Lead Safeguarding Officer, Lampton School
'Such an informative, powerful conference. Thank you.' - Deputy Head, Oldfield Primary School
'Interesting to hear experts in their field in a complex and ever-changing world.' - Deputy DSL, St Swithun’s School