South West Safeguarding Conference - Prepared, Not Scared: Protecting Children in 2018
Tuesday 26th June 2018 | Sandy Park, Exeter | 09:10 - 16:00
Threats from online dangers (such as CSE, sexting, cyber-bullying and radicalisation) have grown quicker than society has been able to respond. The Government has pledged to make the UK the safest place to be a child online but research shows children are spending an average of 15 hours per week online, overtaking television as the top media pastime for children. Parents are becoming more concerned about their children sexting than either smoking or drinking.
How can schools effectively engage with children and young people about the potential dangers?
Expert keynote speakers Simon Snell from Safeguarding Associates for Excellence, Lorin LaFave, the Breck Foundation, whose son Breck Bednar was tragically murdered after being groomed online whilst gaming and Nigel Bromage founder of Small Steps will explore how children are being targeted in the digital age.
Interactive and focused workshops will underpin the day, providing you with information and strategies to ensure children of all ages are prepared, not scared.
Key Reasons to Attend
• Improved understanding of emerging trends and risks
• Practical strategies and advice to keep children safe
• Hear from experts in CSE, Radicalisation and a parent with first-hand experience of online dangers
• Network with other Designated Safeguarding Leads
Who Should Attend?
Teachers from Primary, Secondary and Special Education. All professionals with a responsibility for the safeguarding and pastoral support of young people.
• Leadership Teams
• Behaviour Leads
• PSHE Leads
About Lorin LaFave
Lorin LaFave is the founder of the Breck Foundation. The Breck Foundation is raising the awareness of playing safe whilst using the internet. Lorin's son, Breck Bednar was a 14 year old boy, from Caterham, Surrey who loved technology and online gaming. He was groomed via the internet and murdered on February 17th 2014 by someone he met online.
The Breck Foundation has been set up in his memory to help other young people enjoy playing online but crucially to be aware of some simple rules to stay safe. To always remember that the friends that are made online are not like your real friends.
About Simon Snell
Simon is a former police officer and undertook a variety of roles in Child Protection, Vulnerable Adults, Domestic Abuse and Family Liaison. He came to the fore for his work in child sexual exploitation, both in complex investigation as a senior investigating officer and driving the first South West Peninsula Strategy.
He was also involved in delivering the National CSE Action Plan. In addition he has knowledge and skills around interviewing child sex offenders and have a Postgraduate Certificate in Behavioural Forensic Psychology. He now delivers training and consultancy services in Safeguarding to various agencies, including on behalf of the NSPCC and Barnardo’s.
About Nigel Bromage
In 2014 Simon founded Small Steps to raise awareness of the dangers of Far Right extremism, using his unique personal experience of 20 years involvement within the Far Right movement.
Small Steps has delivered countless workshops and mentoring sessions across the UK to raise awareness of the dangers of far-right extremism, racism and violence. They help expose the flaws within the far right, and highlight the signs of far-right activity and radicalisation.
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