Westminster Education Forum

Priorities for child protection services - multi-agency working, inspections and tackling child sexual abuse

Morning, Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Central London


This seminar will assess progress and remaining issues as stakeholders - in communities, local government and agencies involved in child protection - implement key measures in the Children and Social Work Act.

Delegates will examine the progress that safeguarding partners have made in setting up arrangements to work together and in joint targeted area inspections - looking at issues including practicalities, cost and the roles of schools and other organisations.

They will also discuss proposals requiring a wider range of practitioners - including in health and social care, education and the emergency services - to report child abuse or neglect and take action, with Government considering responses to its consultation.

Further sessions assess the prospects for the recently established  Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Exploitation and the launch of Independent Child Trafficking Advocates, as well as further options for tackling child sexual exploitation backed by funding from the Home Office. The agenda also looks at the responsibilities of Internet Service Providers in keeping children safe from sexual abuse online, and ways in which professionals working with children can be trained to feel confident in identifying children at risk of online abuse.

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

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 McCarten

Associate Professor in Criminology, University of the West of England