Westminster Education Forum

Child protection services in England - implementing the Children and Social Work Act, strengthening multi-agency working and tackling child sexual abuse

Morning, Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Central London


This timely seminar is bringing together policymakers with key stakeholders to assess the priorities for child protection services.

It takes place in the context of:

Key areas for discussion include:

  • Implementing the Children and Social Work Act: progress so far in improving multi-agency collaborative partnerships and possible next steps in improving collaboration between safeguarding partners, ensuring sufficient provision and engaging in joint targeted area inspections;
  • The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Exploitation: challenges ahead for this new organisation in tackling child sexual abuse, and further steps that might be taken using the funding provided by the Home Office;
  • Online safety: opportunities for enhancing protection for children online - including the future responsibilities for internet service providers;
  • Schools: what further support and training might be needed to support schools in meeting their responsibilities and identifying those children at risk of abuse; and
  • The judicial process: priorities for improving the system to ensure victims are fully supported.



Guest of Honour

Graham Archer

Director, Children’s Services, Department for Education

Guest of Honour

Graham Archer

Director, Children’s Services, Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

Paul D’Inverno

Specialist Advisor, Child Protection, Ofsted

Sara Carnegie

Director of Strategy, Policy and Accountability Advisor, Crown Prosecution Service


Tim Loughton MP

Ann Coffey MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults


Donna Smalley

Service Manager for Child Sexual Exploitation, Missing and Trafficking, Leicestershire County Council

Mike Tunks

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Internet Watch Foundation

Susan Tinnion

Service Manager, Bradford Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

Rosie Hancock

Teacher, Morecambe Bay Primary School, Lancashire

Amanda Naylor

Assistant Director, Impact and Lead, Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation, Barnardo’s

Eleanor Briggs

Head of Policy and Research, Action for Children

Kathryn Holloway

Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire

Jon Brown

Head of Development and Impact, NSPCC

Dr Kieran McCartan

Associate Professor in Criminology, University of the West of England