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Wednesday 20 September 2023 - London

Tuesday 26 September 2023 - Manchester


London programme (20 September 2023)

Registration and refreshments (08:30 - 09:15)

Welcome from Optimus Education (09:15)

Chair's Welcome (09:20)

We are delighted to announce that the day will be co-chaired by Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP and Ella Savell-Boss, Safeguarding Consultant

Misogyny, incels and terrorism: the influence of social media (09:25 - 09:50)

Understand the impact that influencers have on behaviour and outlook for young people, and take away tips on how to address it in the curriculum and with families.
Ella Savell-Boss, Safeguarding Consultant

Effective relationships with outside agencies (09:50 - 10:15)

Deepen your impact during the cost-of-living crisis by spotting the signs of neglect, identifying need, engaging hard-to-reach families, and actively working with outside agencies. 
Ann Marie Christian, International Safeguarding Consultant and Trainer

Keynote 3 (10:15 - 10:35)

Panel Q&A (10:35 - 10:45)


Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition (10:45 - 11:25)


Workshop Choices 1 (11:25 - 12:15)

1A Online trends 

Benefit from the latest updates around keeping children safe online, who to look out for, and how you can manage these threats in your curriculum.

This interactive workshop will explore:

  • where children and young people are going online
  • what dangerous online behaviours our children and young people are exhibiting online
  • how you can embed online safety into your curriculum
  • statutory guidance for schools around online safety.

You will gain a greater understanding around helping children and young people manage online risk, along with teaching resources and advice on what you can do to support vulnerable children and young people online.
Simon Aston, Online Safety and Wellbeing Officer, Safeguarding in Education, West Northamptonshire Council

1B Tackling neglect

Deepen your relationship with the local authority and family and gain strategies to engage hard-to-reach families to improve your practice.
Jane Bee, Safeguarding Children and Adults Consultant, Jane Bee Safeguarding Ltd.

1C Child-on-child abuse

Ensure that where there are allegations of abuse, harassment and sexual harassment, your reporting systems are robust, employ pupil voice, and evidence outcomes effectively.
Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

1D Early intervention

Benefit from strategies to engage families early and learn how to maximise the impact external services can provide.

Lunch, networking and exhibition (12:15 - 13:10)


Understanding and implementing KCSIE 2023: key messages for the year ahead (13:10 - 13:35)

Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

Q&A (13:35 - 13:45)


Workshop Choices 2 (13:50 - 14:40)

2A Low level concerns

Enabling a culture of sharing low level concerns; how to engage staff and encourage understanding.
Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head (Safeguarding), Wellington College

2B County lines

Gain strategies and understanding to combat the multiple harmful effects of exploitation.
St. Giles Trust

2C Online images

Future-proof and inform your policy with the key takeaways from the online safety bill, with focus on the threat of child sexual abuse images.
Jane Bee, Safeguarding Children and Adults Consultant, Jane Bee Safeguarding Ltd.

2D Quality assurance: from tick box to impact

Develop an effective framework for ongoing learning and improvement: streamline your processes, develop a forensic understanding of need, and better evidence the outcomes of your work.
James Down, Head of Safeguarding, Brooke Weston Trust

Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition (14:40 - 15:00)


Workshop Choices 3 (15:00 - 15:50)

3A Working with families

Discover fresh approaches to reaching families to ensure your approach doesn’t end at school and intervenes at the earliest point possible.
David Guard, Safeguarding Trainer and Senior Youth Worker, Bromsgrove Youth and Community Hub

3B Governance

Understand your role in upskilling your setting’s governance, including what they should know, and what they should be offering back.
Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

3C Prejudice and discriminatory bullying

Equip yourself with the best strategies and next steps when you encounter prejudice and discriminatory bullying in your setting, so you leave confident and assured in your approach.
Ann Marie Christian, International Safeguarding Consultant & Trainer

3D Special educational needs

Ensure you are catering to the vulnerabilities of your students with special needs with impactful strategies that leave no child behind
Philip Saxton, Trust SENDCo and Specialist Leader of Education, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi-Academy Trust

Your safeguarding culture (15:55 - 16:20)

Boost your safeguarding culture with short term gains and long term strategies, and reflect on your takeaways from the day.
Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP
Ella Savell-Boss, Safeguarding Consultant