Tuesday 15 December 2020 | Sandy Park, Exeter | 09:30 - 15:30
The 2020 Conference focusses on the exploitation and abuse of children, both sexual and criminal.
• Hear from expert speakers with personal experience of child sexual abuse and knife crime/gang related activities
• Attend workshops delivered by the Devon Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC) and Children’s Social Care
Key Reasons to Attend
- Hear national experts on a range of emerging safeguarding issues
- Be inspired and go back to your setting with new ideas
- Remind yourself why your role is so important in keeping children safe
- Network with other DSLs and the Babcock LDP Safeguarding Team
Who Should Attend?
Primary, Secondary and Special Education:
- Leadership Teams
- Behaviour Leads
- PSHE Leads
- Designated Safeguarding Leads
About Sammy Woodhouse
Sammy left school with no qualifications, a criminal record and incredibly low self-esteem. At 18 she became a model and a lap-dancer. She viewed this as her taking back control and feeling empowered but she now realises it wasn’t empowerment. It was simply a dark and seedy world. She was often sexually assaulted and told it was part of the job. Sammy talks about the drug dealing, money laundering, fraud, trafficking, prostitution and how women are treated appallingly within the world of Lap Dancing.
In 2013 when she was 27, Samantha Woodhouse contacted The Times newspaper. Her story was published in August 2013, triggering the now world renowned ‘Professor Alexis Jay report’, proving 1,400 children was abused and failed in her home town of Rotherham between 1997-2103. Sammy was also the first survivor to disclose her abuse to South Yorkshire police who re opened every child abuse case in South Yorkshire which in turn exposed the biggest child abuse scandal in Great Britain. In February 2016, her abuser was found guilty and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Dozens have now also been prosecuted. For Sammy her life started on the day her abuser went to prison and she made a decision to use her own experience to help others.
Since she started campaigning Samantha Woodhouse has had significant media attention, raising awareness on a worldwide scale and is now considered a national spokesperson and advocate for Child Sexual Exploitation and surrounding fields. She has received thousands of media offers, her interviews include New York & London Times, Guardian, BBC, SKY news, channel 4 & 5 news, Loose Women, GMB, Closer, Marie Claire, Grazia, New magazine and she appears regularly on Loose Women, This Morning and many leading daytime TV shows.
Sammy has met privately and works with professionals around the UK to help change policies and legislation. Sammy helped change policies in regards to licensing in 2014 at Rotherham MBC and continues to do so at national level. She also met with DfE to ensure all children will learn about healthy and safe relationships in schools, which will come into effect soon. She has also had private meetings with then PM David Cameron, Victims Commissioner, Ministry of Justice and the Home Office as well as other government officials, and she secured £3.1 million to Barnardo’s as well as raising funds for other local charities.
Sammy is profoundly passionate about sharing her experiences to help educate children and adults about Child Sexual Exploitation. She is also a much in demand trainer and speaker, speaking at events and conferences in the UK, Scotland, Wales, Jersey and Northern Ireland. Her campaigns so far includes - counselling services, mandatory education, CICA, Sammy’s Law, licensing, employment changes, legal action against councils, Loose Women’s never too late to tell campaign, court system and training for all professionals.
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