Westminster Education Forum

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Tackling abuse and sexual misconduct in the education system

October 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will consider priorities for strengthening safeguarding practices in schools, evaluating the scale of abuse and sexual harassment in educational settings, and bringing about necessary culture change.

It will be an opportunity to discuss next steps in relation to several relevant developments, such as the Ofsted review into sexual harassment and abuse in schools, the rising number of allegations submitted to the Everyone’s Invited website, and the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2021-2024.

Alongside the policy initiatives, delegates will also take into account the impact of remote education during the pandemic on the need to safeguard students in online education and improve awareness of online harms.

In addition, discussion is expected to draw on the sharpened focus on abuse and sexual misconduct following the tragic events earlier this year surrounding the death of Sarah Everard, and more recently Sabina Nessa.

In particular, we expect discussion on how a loss of trust in the police may impact the approach that schools and other local actors need to take to ensure that victims of harassment and abuse feel safe to disclose their experiences to the authorities and trust that perpetrators be held into account.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary, NASUWT; and Vanessa Ward, Chief Inspector, Independent Schools Inspectorate.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Education; the Department of Health and Social Care; the National Crime Agency; and Ofsted. Also due to attend are representatives from Blue Sky Trust; Bournemouth University; Buckinghamshire Council; Chichester College Group; Dayspring Trust; Doncaster Council; Forbes Solicitors; Herts for Learning; Highgate School; Hull City Council; Impero Software; Independent Schools Inspectorate; Intersol Global; Kent County Council; KIP Education CIC; London Borough of Merton; National Youth Agency; North East Lincolnshire Council; Outspoken Sex Ed; Payne Hicks Beach; Q3 Academy Tipton; Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre; Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council; Sexpression UK; Sexuality Insights; Shropshire LA; St Mary’s University; Stockton Borough Council; Stone King; Stretford High School; The Fallibroome Academy; UK Research and Innovation; University of Hertfordshire; University of Limerick; University of Southampton; University of Suffolk; UWE Bristol; White Rose Academies Trust; and Wilsons Solicitors.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles